Join Date: May 2019
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
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Pioneer 700 Switch Plate Install
Recently I purchased a center dash Switch Plate for my 2018 - 700. Looked at a couple and purchased one from mystic1219 (on this site). He was the only one to advise leaving a blank spot in the plate to avoid a bracket under the dash. Makes the install much easier.
I drilled out the rivets on the existing plate, and used a heat gun to loosen the glue holding the plate. Was able to remove the old plate without damage.
After aligning the new plate, I used a metal scribe to mark the cut outs. Tried using my Roto-zip tool to make the cuts. The Roto-zip had way to much RPM for the light plastic and was out of control. I mounted the 1/8" Sabrecut Roto-zip bit into my variable speed drill. WOW ! did that make a difference. I was able to cut the rectangles out with no problems due to the slower speed. Very little file trimming was needed. Here are the tools used, excluding the heat gun.
This may not sound like much of a project, but for an "Old Fart" with one usable arm, it's a challenge!
Hope this might help someone else.