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Old 05-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #1
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e30 cluster help

One more step towards driveability...
I'm trying to reinstall the cluster in the E30 cab, after changing the SI board batteries (fingers crossed). At some point in the car's history, someone hacked up the cluster trim and completely messed it up (lost some screws, used some longer ones and broke the SI board housing.

However, I can't seem to fit the cluster back in. On the driver's side, there appears to be a metal tube of some kind which prevents the cluster from reaching the necessary position (where the screws would line up). I've wrestled with it for three hours, to no avail. Is there something I'm missing here?
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Cluster is in, but not fitting right...impossible to get the screws into the bottom corners.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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pics might help. I can't really picture what the issue is.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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you really gotta get someone with more experience to work on your car Matt. LOL..

Bring the car by my place and we'll get it back in. how much you wanna bet I can get it back in??

I think I've had 18 bmw's in 6 years.

1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.
latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
KEEPER 88 5sp Vert 2016

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Old 05-05-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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Well, I gotta build the experience somehow.

@frankie: I can't get a camera in there, but the cluster isalmost perfectly in place. Problem is, the bottom left corner is sitting a little high. Reaching behind it from under the wheel, the problem is the blue cluster housing is being wedged against a black metal tube which runs behind the corner of the cluster. It's missing about 2mm clearance, as far as I can tell.
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