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Old 01-11-2021, 09:47 AM   #1
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Front panel cover

I have a quick question for the group. My 2001 FDDS like pretty much all Alpines has a cover over the electronics in front of the passenger seat. I never really paid attention but my panel has a metal plate taped in that seems to be there for rigidity. It is taped in and I never really noticed it before as it's just part of the panel.

This came to light as my Bluefire adapter which communicates vis Bluetooth seems to drop on a regular basis and it's been driving me crazy, finally, noticed the metal plate and wondering if all Alpines have this?

I'm probably going to modify the plate to only support the edges and hopefully, the BT communications will improve..........it certainly works like a champ with no drops with the entire panel removed

Do you guys have metal on the inside of your panels??
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Old 01-11-2021, 11:06 AM   #2
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Mine does not have a plate nor does it appear it ever did.
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I don't remember my 05 having a plate...
I also had the drop outs at first and had to slow the refresh rate down a bit but in the settings. I didn't not remember exactly what it was called but it fixed my problem.
I think it was MS and default was ms333
And I changed it to like 500.
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:48 PM   #4
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No metal plate here, either.
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I don't remember my 05 having a plate...
I also had the drop outs at first and had to slow the refresh rate down a bit but in the settings. I didn't not remember exactly what it was called but it fixed my problem.
I think it was MS and default was ms333
And I changed it to like 500.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the replies.

I did change that parameter just as you suggest, it helped a little but kept dropping.....of course it was the worst when I was climbing a log grade and really needed to see the engine data

I'm hoping this will finally take care of the issue
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Paul, about how large is the plate?

I will say this, on my 2004 there is no plate affixed to the large, flat area of the panel. More important, because of the Vansco harnesses, the panel cannot push far enough against them so the very bottom is just flush with the stair opening at the drivers end of the panel. The harnesses actually cause the panel to bulge a bit when the bottom edge is pressed firmly to the velcro.
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Paul, about how large is the plate?

I will say this, on my 2004 there is no plate affixed to the large, flat area of the panel. More important, because of the Vansco harnesses, the panel cannot push far enough against them so the very bottom is just flush with the stair opening at the drivers end of the panel. The harnesses actually cause the panel to bulge a bit when the bottom edge is pressed firmly to the velcro.
Larry, the plate is pretty much edge to edge on all 4 sides and attached with black Gorilla (type) tape. I'm guessing it's a modification for structural strength so I'm thinking I'll either remove or modify if the structure looks weak after I remove the plate.
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Our 2000 has no metal plate on the backside either.
It is surprisingly strong enough however to support a grab handle, thru bolted with fender washers...
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Larry, the plate is pretty much edge to edge on all 4 sides and attached with black Gorilla (type) tape. I'm guessing it's a modification for structural strength so I'm thinking I'll either remove or modify if the structure looks weak after I remove the plate.
From all the responses, I agree with your guess that it is a PO addition. Do you find any hints as to why that panel would need reinforcement? Are there any holes in the panel face indicating that something had been installed?

BTW, my coach has some major 12 volt lug connections behind that panel that I certainly would not want shorted out by a metal plate pushed against them accidentally. Do you have such lugs behind your panel as well, and if so, are they in any danger of being shorted?
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No metal plate here either.
Seems counter-intuitive to have bare metal infront of all those relays and lug connectors.
Odd.
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UPDATE

Thought I'd update this thread!

I have removed the plate and the panel seems to be very solid, not sure why the PO added the plate

My BlueTooth issues with the BlueFire seem to have subsided, although I have not taken any extended trips yet.

Thank you all for your comments and input, as always it is very much appreciated
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Paul, my ‘05 has a piece of aluminum angle iron mounted to the floor that has Velcro on it to ho
D the panel in place. I am the original purchaser, so I know it is OEM.
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