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CrazyJ 03-03-2011 09:35 AM

How is the interior wood trim affixed?
The PDF from wk2jeeps didn't mention how to remove this trim.

I realize it's quite a nit-pick, but my trim piece that surrounds the engine start button seems like it could be more flush. Just the pointy end near the radio seems like it should be secured better. I can depress it probably 1.5-2.0 mm. I sat in another WK2 and it wasn't bad. I hate removing trim because of the risk of snapping plastic, but I'm wondering if this could be removed and better attached. I feel like I'd be laughed out of the dealership if I brought this up.

My friend bought a preowned cherokee 15 years ago with a low quality wood dash kit that ruined the truck to me. Ever since I've been super-sensitive to the fit and finish of this stuff!

metalaxe 03-03-2011 09:52 AM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
Good question. I can depress mine around the center stack a few mm too. I feel the same way as you about bringing it up to the dealership. I usually find if I try to have something this small fixed it just ends up being a bigger problem when I let the dealer touch it. I always try to fix the small things myself. I'll be sure to reply if I find out how to remove it.

clockwoo 03-04-2011 07:32 AM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
I have the same complaint. For some reason this has bothered me since day one. If anyone has a suggestion please post.

noahchanin 03-04-2011 07:42 AM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
There are clips on the back. Here are two pictures of my WK2 Overland that might help you. Loose trim was not an issue on my car. And I also agree with the previous post that if you let the dealer touch this you will end up with more problems. I have had several issues with my dealer damaging the interior of this car during service. Be careful using tools to pry off the piece around the radio to access the dash. I suggest opening the console storage and just using your bare hands to pull it off. I first used a screwdriver wrapped in duct tape and it left marks.

jeffnin 03-04-2011 10:43 AM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
Mine does the same thing. Just like you, I'm debating about bringing it up when I have my first service. I'm afraid that I may snag something on the pointy end of the trim.

CrazyJ 03-04-2011 04:35 PM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
Awesome guys! Sounds like we have a little OCD support group ;)

And thanks for the pics. I may go for it. But I'm not sure I'll be able to fix much, as it appears to be a design defect more than a defect in assembly. I seriously doubt my trim has actually become unclipped. Looks like we may be able to snug up the fit of that last clip a little better though.

Of course now I may spring for the lockpick, as my original hesitation for it was the trim removal.

french_matt 03-09-2011 10:58 AM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
Noticed the exact same thing this morning and remembered about this thread!
Did anyone have the dealer look at it and fix it? I'm worried too they might make it worse.
Annoying thing is that it does not seem to be a problem in all cars: some have a better fit and finish it seems. With all the improvements Jeep has made on the GC, it still not quite a German like car...

french_matt 03-10-2011 12:31 PM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
any update on this?
I'm taking my car to the dealer this WE for some other issue and will show it to them. There's definitely a bigger gap between that piece of wood trim around the START button and the center console bezel compared to the right side trim. Does not look right! I can see the gap when I'm driving and it drives me nuts now!

CrazyJ 03-25-2011 03:58 PM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
Dammit, where did the pictures from noahchanin go?!?!? I guess I should have saved them.

I am probably going to order mygig unlock. When I install it, I was thinking of epoxy bonding a tiny bracket to the back of the trim, then using a long machine screw under tension to secure the trim to some of the framing behind. But some pictures would be useful to confirm the geometry of things.

CrazyJ 04-06-2011 09:39 PM

Re: How is the interior wood trim affixed?
I just got into this tonight. The clip on the end has a lot of play, which is there the play in the piece comes from. It's silly they have a screw securing the end of the trim piece on the right side of the dash, but not on the left side. I figure they saved about 5 seconds of assembly time.

I actually just coated the whole clip joint with epoxy to get rid of the play. Used a curved ended syringe with 5 minute epoxy thickened a bit. And braced it pushing it towards the dash while the epoxy set. No play anymore.

I thought about putting a screw through the framing and into the trim piece. But the epoxy was much easier. If I ever have to take the piece off for some crazy reason, I'll just cut the joint and use a screw to secure it back.

Anyway, I also did a mygig unlock install and ran some video cables back to the center console. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

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