Our Ram Promaster came with the optional upper and lower side panels. To start the build process, we needed to remove those guys. We looked around online, and it seemed like any type of pry bar would work to remove the plastic rivets.
I opted for the claw end of the hammer. In my mind I was basically removing nails, and it did the trick just fine. Some mentioned buying a special tool, but I opted for what I had on hand, mainly because I was super anxious to get started!
I found that putting my fingers behind the panel and pulling out a bit enabled me to get the hammer under the rivets easier.
Just under two hours later and BOOM, no panels!
- Watch your face when removing the rivets, those things can go flying!
- You’ll probably bust a few rivets, don’t worry, they’re cheap online
- Hammer, prybar, or similar tool (that last one might be a tad excessive)
- Screwdrivers, some for prying and some for screwing
- Nerves of Steel (this is more optional than mandatory)
Hey There, So glad I found this! I am getting ready to order a promaster 159 WB with the upper and lower panels. Did you re-use the panels after installing the insulation board? What did you finish the ceiling with?
Hi James, sorry for the very slow reply! We’ve been busy on other projects as of late!
Yes, we reinstalled the factory panels after we installed the insulation. We didn’t orginally plan to, but it gave it a nice finished look that fit perfect. Look for more information on the website in the coming months!