Originally Posted by lvsbb6
Impressive work! Love how your interior looks with the carbon pieces.
I have a question regarding the removal of the media unit, Brabus offers carbon fiber interior trim for 453 but the piece which sits behind the media unit request removal of the unit for installation. Can you shed some experience based on your work?
I actually removed that when i took the silver/gray dash panels off my 453 and plasti-dipped them. The mount for the head unit is easy to remove. Easier than the head unit itself. To remove the head unit, you actually just have to pull from both sides, from behind the silver ridge that goes around the unit between the face and the textured plastic piece attached to the dash. It takes a fair bit of force to pull that off. It may be a bit startling at first, because what you're pulling off is basically just a shiny facade that goes around the top and bottom bank of buttons/display on the head unit itself. Once that's off, it's just 4 screws holding the head unit to that plastic piece, pull it out and unplug it. Then, to remove the textured plastic piece, there are 4 screws further back inside the textured plastic piece (two on top, two on the bottom). Remove those screws, and pull the plastic piece off while raising it slightly, as it is also held in place by plastic guide pins.
The hardest thing to get off are the actual silver/gray dash pieces. Numerous clips hold them in place around the edges, I believe with one or two also in the middle of the larger piece. That's not the hard part. the utter PAIN is that there's a raised, almost hook-like piece of plastic that extends behind and around the back of the instrument cluster pod that you have to wriggle free. Actually put a tiny scratch in the plasti-dip when i was reinstalling those panels. Thankfully it was very small and near the top, so it isn't that easily noticed.