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Does your dash rattle?  Mind did...

I developed a rattle in my dash, and it was driving me nuts. So today I went for a helmetless, earplugless ride down a country road here at the farm. I pushed, pulled, held, and squeezed various pieces of the dash until I figured out where it was coming from.

Turns out it was between the silver trim piece and the black part behind it.  The two pieces were touching at the bottom as shown in this picture...

The solution was to either place something between the two pieces to stop the rattle, or to increase the distance between the two pieces, which would alleviate the contact between the two surfaces.  I chose the latter.

I decided to place some washers at the back of the trim piece to increase the spacing.  The problem with this is that I would not be able to hold them in place while I reassembled everything because there was no way for me to get my fingers in the small places where the screws go...

So I placed two little washers on the back side of the dash trim piece as shown (though blurry) below...

I then taped them in place using electrical tape.  For good measure, I used a tiny zip tie to stop the tape from coming unraveled through wind and weather...

Here's a picture (again blurry, sorry) of the washers taped in place and the screw protruding though...

When reassembled, you can see there is a gap between the two pieces now...

Test ride...

... rattle gone.

I thought I would share.

 

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