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Old 10-17-2021, 04:16 PM   #1
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Name that thing

What in the heck is this tube mounted under the driver side dash e-series? Looks like a great way to get impaled through the guts during a collision. I do not need to mount a flag here. Can I remove it and save some weight?
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Passenger urinal - maybe ?? LOL --
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Old 10-17-2021, 05:02 PM   #3
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Passenger urinal - maybe ?? LOL --
Just add your own funnel to extend your range considerably.

Iím removing it. Iíd like to keep the jewels intact if Iím in an accident.
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Old 10-17-2021, 05:59 PM   #4
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I was heading out after reading your comment, but my curiosity got the best of me, so after checking (only looked up from underneath using a flashlight) I seem to have something very similar on my 2006 - guess its not that unique. Sorry, didn't have time to pull the panel under the steering wheel to see if anything was actually attached to it, but can only assume it serves some purpose (maybe to keep the panel from being pushed too far in accidently???). Hope someone else here has a clear answer because now I'd like to know as well.
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:02 PM   #5
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Yeah, it’s up there behind the overly complicated panel that the trim mounts to.

I was wondering if it is some kind of assembly aid. Like maybe there is a fixture that slides into it to align the steering column on the assembly line or something?
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:10 PM   #6
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I've seen that as well and it's a really strange looking part. I found this one, which provides a name and a part number. But it's still not clear on exactly what it's supposed to do.

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Old 10-18-2021, 12:27 AM   #7
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Curious! I've wondered about mine as well.

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Surely @carringb knows?
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:06 PM   #9
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...my 2008 doesn't have that.....hmmmm
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:46 PM   #10
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My guess is that it's used when installing the dash at the factory using some type of locating fixture.
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