The dashboard consists of three fascia vent surrounds, glove box lid and trip computer switch surrounds or clock switch surround.


To remove fascia vent surrounds and glove box lid:

The three fascia vent surrounds are held to the dashboard casing with a spring clip, on the end vents there are two on each panel, they can be removed by just simply pulling them off, or if they are reluctant to move a lever may be slipped beneath the top and bottom sections to prise them off.  The centre section has four clips, this can be removed using the same method as end vent surrounds.

The glove box lid is secured with screws from inside; remove the vanity mirror on the inside which will reveal a set of screws securing the lid.


To install fascia vent surrounds and glove box lid:

Line the new fascia vent surrounds next to the originals and mark where the holes for the plates that hold the spring clips are located.  Then drill or bradle a pilot hole and transfer the plates and spring clips onto the new panels.

The glove box lid can then be fitted using the opening knob to locate it and initially putting one or two screws in to be sure it is the correct relative position to the vent surrounds either side.  The vent surrounds have a degree of flexibility and can be pushed to one side to allow the glove box lid to fit neatly.


To remove the clock / trip computer panel:

The trip computer switch surrounds are attached to the dash casing with push in pins.  First remove the trip computer by just prising it out, and then pull the old veneered panel complete with switches attached out.  When there is enough clearance push the connecting blocks on the sides of the switches off so disconnecting the panel.  The process is the same for the clock panel, but there is no necessity to remove the clock first.


To install the clock / trip computer panel:

To install the new panels, assemble the switches and clock in the original to the new panel.  Then after removing the flaking veneer push the old panel onto the back of the new, using the switches to locate it.  Reconnect the illuminations between the switches, connect the switches and clock and push the panel back into the plastic sockets on the dash casing.



To remove the Console Panel / Gearshift Surround / Ski Slope:

Early XJS original equipment black console panels (upto 1986) are secured with three screws, two at the front, one at the back, once the screws are released the console panel can be reduced, unplugging the window switches and cigar lighter.  The panel comes off complete with ashtrays and shift gasket.

To install the Console Panel / Gearshift Surround / Ski Slope:

To install new wood veneered panel in early XJS original equipment models (upto 1986), transfer rubber shift gasket onto the panel, unscrew ashtrays from the old panel and assemble them onto the new.  Insert window switches and cigar lighter into their holes, offer panel over gear shifter connecting the window switches and cigar lighter and then secure with three screws.



To remove the Console Panel / Gearshift Surround / Ski Slope:

XJS original equipment console panels (1986 – 1996) are secured with screws, access to these is gained through the cigar lighter aperture, cruise switch or Jaguar motif and underneath the bridge securing the glove box lid catch at the rear of the console.  The cruise switch and cigar lighter or motif can be prised out revealing an 8mm head size hex bolt which secures the panel into the console, these require slackening off two turns.  At the rear of the console beneath the glove box lid there is a black plastic bridge covering the end of the panel, remove the four screws that secure this and the catch for the lid revealing a single Philips screw in the middle of the rear of the ski slope.  Remove this screw and then lift the ski slope from the rear disconnecting the window switches and removing the ski slope complete with ashtrays and shift gasket.


To install the Console Panel / Gearshift Surround / Ski Slope:

XJS original equipment console panels (1986 – 1996) are fitted by firstly assembling the ashtrays and shift gasket then offering the panel onto the console from the front and then lowering at the rear allowing the window switch, cruise and cigar lighter  connectors through their apertures and the fixing brackets to slot onto the 8mm hex bolt fixings, then fitting the Philips screw at the rear, tightening up the 8mm hex fixings beneath the cruise switch and cigar lighter replacing the bridge and glove box catch, installing switches and cigar lighter.



To remove door and rear quarter cappings:

To remove the door capping; the door card has to be removed, there is a chrome plate at the front of the door secured by two screws beneath the armrest pocket there is a set of screws, beneath the grab handle chrome finisher there is a large Philips screw, the finisher has to be pushed back along the grab handle to gain access to the Philips screw, when this and the other screws are undone the door card can be pulled from each corner releasing the plastic door clips from the frame.  Once all the clips have released the door card needs to be lifted from its fixings at the top.  You then have access to the door capping fixings.  Early cars have three small nuts, later cars have three Philips screws, the door capping can then be removed.

To remove rear quarter cappings fitted to convertibles and later facelift cars can be removed by taking the fur flex trim from the B post revealing Philips screws securing the panel to the B post, the panel can then be pushed to one side so access can be gained to the Philips screws once these are removed the capping can be taken out.


To install door and rear quarter cappings:

To install door cappings and rear quarter cappings you need to complete the removal instructions in reverse.  When refitting the door card the top fixings need to be slotted onto the door frame before any screws can be refitted, all screws should be installed before tightening.



To remove the Instrument Fascia:

To remove the instrument fascia you have to first take out the complete instrument panel, there is a finisher around the dashboard casing in front of the fascia this is held on with three Philips screws and the finisher is split into two halves.  The top right and left-hand corners of the fascia have black plastic caps, pull these off revealing two Philips screws in each hole, remove both screws the warning lamp cluster can then be removed and then the complete instrument panel can be taken out from the top and pulled rearwards.  There are two connecting blocks into the rear of the panel, squeeze the connecting blocks at each end and they will fall from the back of the panel allowing the panel to be removed from the car.  To remove the fascia there are seven screws in the white rear panel, undo the screws and separate the black fascia.  The fascia has an internal background that is secured with small clips; remove the clips releasing the background.


To install the Instrument Fascia:

The background can be assembled onto the new veneered fascia panel and then the panel can be fixed to the white rear half of the instrument panel with the seven screws.  The panel can then be offered back into the car connecting the two black connecting blocks into the rear of the panel ensuring they are the correct way round.  Once the panel is in place the Philips screws can be installed in the top left and right-hand corners as can the warning lamp cluster.  The black plastic caps then can be pushed back into place over these fixings; the bezels can be refixed using the three screws.