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    Seeking advice/photos of how ro remove windscreen trim to enable running power and coax cable up to roof?

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    Hi

    I have been looking for details about this for a while to no avail, so this morning I decided to have a go.

    I tried pulling at the trim on the side of the windscreen (pulling it to the side with my fingers in the channel that runs down the windscreen side of the trim).

    I pulled at it and it seemed to want to give, so I pulled at it some more. The good news: the trim came away easy. The bad news: one half of the retention clips came way with the trim and the rest stayed attached to the windscreen.

    Before I took off the trim it looked like there was a good amount of room underneath but once the trim was off I could see that most of the space is taken up by the retention clips. I think there is enough space to run two thin (1.25mm2) wires but not much more, i.e. no coax ;-(. There is actually more room to run cable in the channel in the trim itself.
    Last edited by djw; 26-12-2018, 06:52 PM.

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    • #3
      The trim reseats itself quite well so it will be able to be fixed back into place with some silicone.

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      • #4
        Photos ...

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        • #5
          I managed to run twin 1.85mm2 cables in 3mm braid underneath the trim before I reattached it with some silicone. It seats well. Then another two 1.85mm2, 3mm braided wires run in the small channel on the window side of the trim.

          I needed to run three sets of cables so needed to remove the trim. If I was only running two sets I would leave the trim where it was as removing and resetting it was a bit of a PIA.
          Last edited by djw; 04-01-2019, 06:44 PM.

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            Thanks

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            • #7
              Hi folks.

              Long time lurker with a late 2018 GXL. Have learnt heaps from the forum thanks guys, and figured I may finally have something to contribute to this (older) thread so finally signed up.

              I recently installed a 140W Ridge Ryder solar panel between my roof rails to help charge the 120AH lithium under the bonnet and wanted to run the 2 x 50 amp wires through the side rails and under the windscreen side trim to my dcdc mounted behind the front grille. I wanted the shortest route possible to minimise voltage drop and I've also already taken up pretty much all of the other internal wiring real estate running from the back end to the front with my rear cabin setup so determined that behind the side windscreen trim was the only way to go.

              Apart from the broken clips on the trim trying to get it off as mentioned in previous posts I also found the same problem with the blue pillar trim clips taking up the bulk of the space leaving precious little room for wires. I figured I could play it safe and replace the trim and run the wires down the external trim groove but it was a tight squeeze and would involve siliconing the wires to the trim & windscreen which I wasn't keen on, or take the route of no return and destroy the blue pillar trim clips to get rid of them and free up some real estate under the trim. I opted for the latter and after a fair bit of stuffing around it turns out you don't have to destroy the trim clips at all. Using a screw driver under one end of the clip, think I went in from the top, a fair bit of upward pressure will pop it off in one piece. I would strongly recommend using some form of eye and/or face protection because they require a fair bit of force and when they let go they really let go and shoot off at high velocity in any direction. Expect them to bounce off the garage ceiling and end up anywhere.

              Long story short with the blue clips removed there was just enough room to fit in the 2 x 50 amp wires. I managed to push the negative under several of the remaining rivet clips (which the blue clips attach to) which held it in place and left the positive on top away from the body metal. After completing the connection to the dcdc via under bonnet anderson plugs and checking the panel was charging I reattached the trim with some judicious use of silicone held in place overnight with masking tape. Pics as follows cheers.

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