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Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby gravel bar » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:38 pm

So I'm replacing the water temp gauge on a 21 foot Duckworth. I pulled all six of the philips screws that hold the dash down but it still doesn't budge even a little bit. I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and not able do this job from below the dash yet. I'd really like to just get the dash panel to loosen up a little so I can pull it away from the frame a hair. The temp gauge is located in the upper left hand corner near the edge.

It seems to me that the steering assembly would allow that tiny bit of "play" to allow this but so far no way. Can anyone tell me what else I need to undo/remove to get just a little breathing room for this fix? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby NoProplem » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:46 pm

Hard to say without looking under the dash, but on my NWJ the helm is bolted through the dash and the underlying aluminum so no play there...
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby gravel bar » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:19 pm

So do you think it's possible to unbolt the helm without hundreds of parts and misc springs flying out ? I don't really need much room.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby fishnhuntr » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:20 pm

My Duckworth like all other jetboats has a welded in dash with the overlay screwed on top. Gauges and switches through it. You can pull the steering wheel and loosen the bezel enough maybe or drop it out the back for access. Otherwise it is from the backside on your back.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby fishnhuntr » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:31 pm

No parts will fly out
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby tnairn » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:17 pm

Typically the steering helm is bolted to the dash through the bezel
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby smitty » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:56 pm

fishnhuntr wrote:No parts will fly out


Is that:

"No!! Parts will fly out!!"

- or -

"No parts, will fly out"

Makes me think of the statement "You can't put too much water into a nuclear reactor"
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby gravel bar » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:29 pm

Now that's funny.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby Prybar » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:26 am

The gauges are likely held from the backside through the dash panel and the aluminum dash as well. That may be why you can't get it to move at all.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby lovetheedge » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:58 am

Give Duckworth a call, they have people there who can help you
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby Smoke » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:17 pm

Here's a view from under my 2000 Duckworth. These bolts are probably what your working against.
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Re: Accessing dash for gauge replacement

Postby gravel bar » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:25 am

Yep, those are the ones. Thanks

I actually got the new gauge in yesterday without pulling the dash. It just took an extra set of hands.

The gauge still doesn't register but I've now isolated an issue with the brown wire that goes from the sensor to the gauge and am going to run a new wire. I think I also need a sensor and am hoping to find one on a Sunday :-(
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