Honda Ridgeline Dash Panel Removal
If you want to install new stereo or replace some bulbs on your dash, this guide is just for you. This guide should work on all first-generation Honda Ridgelines. I removed the dash panel on my 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL.
For removal of the big dash piece, you’ll just need a Philips screwdriver. I always recommend having more tools with you just in case you get stuck on something unusual.
First thing you need to do is unclip bottom left part of the piece. I’ve done this several times on my vehicle and you can either use a dull knife, plastic trim removal tool, or even bare hands. Last time I did this, I was able to use my bare hands to gently pry out the piece.
Once that is done, carefully pry out remaining clips by going clockwise and prying out every foot or so.
After prying out all dash trim, you’ll have to disconnect all connectors and there are many connectors in there, so make sure they are all disconnected before you try to remove the piece.
At this time, I would also recommend to set parking brake, don’t start the vehicle, but put it in ON position and switch to gear 1. That will give you more space to work with connectors.
Now carefully disconnect all connectors. The big plastic dash panel is somewhat flexible, but can break if you flex it too much, so use caution.
Now that all connectors are disconnected, gently pull the trim upwards and then towards you. Dash panel should come out. Once out, put it in safe place so that you won’t accidently trip over it or damage it in any way.
Now you can change bulbs on your dash if you have to, unfortunately I don’t have instructions on how to do it at this time.
To remove the stereo, remove 5 Philips screws, 2 on the left and 3 on the right.
Once screws removed, pull stereo towards you and when possible, disconnect all connectors.
If you are planning to use Metra Kit for an aftermarket stereo installation, you’ll need to remove hazard button and under stereo compartment from the original stereo. You can do this by simply removing 2 Philips screws on the sides of the compartment.
Video usually is better than pictures, so here is the video of removal.
That’s it. You’ve successfully removed original stereo and you are ready for installation of your aftermarket setup. I cannot cover wiring as every stereo has different wiring setup. If you have any questions on that, feel free to leave a comment or two and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Last two pictures are pictures of the Metra Kit for aftermarket stereos.