Fixed clipboard

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  1. Bilbo Baggins

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    Hi everyone.

    My 2.3 Ducato seems to be one that has a fixed clipboard on the dash.
    Surely I could change this to make it useable. Has anyone done this and how do I get the fixed one to lift up. Was this just a cost cutting exercise just to save a couple of pounds, or for some other reason.
    Hope someone can help.

    Peter.
     
  2. treetops1

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    Hi .I have one on the Rapid and i use to clip my sat nav in situe and its great would not be without it lol.:thumb:
     
  3. Bilbo Baggins

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    I though of that, and may have to accept that it can't be changed.
    However I do like every thing to be as it should.

    Thanks, Peter.
     
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    When you say fixed, do you mean you can't lift it up on the hinge, i.e. pull up from the front?
     
  5. Bilbo Baggins

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    That's exactly it. Not useable as a clipboard as it slopes away from you.
     
  6. TheBig1

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    grab the end nearest the windscreen and pull hard, it is often very stiff but will pop up. not found a solid one yet
     
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  7. Bilbo Baggins

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    May risk it.
     
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    I thought they all lifted too. It is very easy to remove the whole module if it won't lift & you need to examine it in detail. The steps are:

    Remove radio & (tin) radio 'cage'.
    Remove two screws inserted at an angle that were hidden by the radio
    Remove two screws at the end nearest the windscreen
    Lift out the whole unit.

    If it is a fixed lid then the screws to do that will be visible on the underside. It is a useful piece of kit - not so much as a clipboard but I've removed the sprung support that holds it in the 'up' position leaving room for a unit of 4 cigar lighter sockets and space to keep coins or keys. I'm investigating a spare one I bought to see if it could be hinged at the windscreen end to provide a place in the shade for a rear view camera monitor.
     
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    Could be wrong but I think if you have a passenger air bag fitted then the clipboard is fixed in position for some reason
     
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  10. SandJ

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    I was just going to say the same:thumb:
    Will see if I can find other info:thumb:
     
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  11. Sidney

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    Don't!

    The newer x250 Ducato "Born to be a motorhome" does not have the hinges or foldaway mechanism at the back.

    This was changed when they incorporated the ability to change the clipboard for the blue and me system.

    I discovered this and had to persuade the clipboard back into place :Blush:
     
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    See
    1 Jul 2010 - 1 Due to European legislation, vehicles with a GVW of over 4000kg include a tachograph and speed limiter 56mph/90kph as ... Central dash folding clipboard ( deleted with passenger airbag) ... Dual cab passenger seat - fixed.
    A statement from
    http://business.peugeot.co.uk/Resou...onversion-prices-and-specifications-fleet.pdf
    Also mentioned on other sites.
    It seems if you delve into other posts the airbag stuff is not under so some say but do your homework:thumb:
     
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    I was told passenger airbag it does not lift
     
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    i have passenger airbag and mine lifts but very very stiff at first. obviously if its been deleted on the last year or so model then i missed that. personally i see no point in the retaining clip being there still without the ability to lift it up
     
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    Thanks for all your replies.

    Thought this was going to be a simple question, but seems to be getting more complicated. Need to sit back and consider my options.

    Peter
     
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    what about emailing Fiat and asking them the question????

    Good luck and let us know the outcome xxxx
     
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    It's certainly the case that newer vans with a passenger air bag do not lift.

    This definitely applies to 2013 on, but may also include earlier years.
     
  18. Sidney

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    My current clipboard does not lift. The clipboard on my last unit did lift - but it wasn't much use anyway (I hardly ever used it as it wasn't in the best place/angle)
     
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    I find the clip board clamp very good for grabbing (and holding) Stan, our Funster Bear, by the gonads so he has pride of place on the dashboard and enables him to lighten every child's heart who is in front of us - they all wave to him.
    :Laughing:

    Trikeman.:Wink:
     
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  20. Minxy Girl

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    We have a 2012 built base on our Fiat which was registered in 2013. The clip board does NOT lift on ours and we were told by the dealer that it is because we have a passenger airbag.

    On a previous vehicle we did have a lift up clipboard but it was as much use as a chocolate teapot as it obscured vision for the driver when raised to a 'usable' level! :Doh:
     

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