Okay, one more highjack.
I finally pulled the dash yesterday. Left her in the sun for an hour or so to heat it up and used Dawn dishwashing liquid on both sides of the air bag. Struggled a bit with the left side, but after it popped loose the right side wasn't as uncooperative. I decided to go ahead and pull the bag to avoid having to do that again and was all set to follow Dicktator's guide
. So I removed the glovebox (über easy), crawled underneath the dash and started removing the two bolts that hold the air bag at the bottom.
Fun fact... as soon as I started undoing the second bolt the air bag started to move around. The two top bolts did not
have any nuts on them! I could have pulled the passenger side air bag before pulling the dash!
Once I figured out how to disconnect the orange lock clip that holds the connector together it slid right out no problem. BTW, you just have to pull on the orange clip and it pops off. I studied that for about 30 minutes since it wasn't clear how to do that and I didn't want to horf it up, but in the end just got frustrated and yanked on it. Ta-dah!
In the maintenance records the previous owner was so good at keeping there was a work order from a Chevy dealer back in 2013 where he complained that the speedo would stick periodically. The description (and the part number) showed that they had replaced the entire instrument cluster under an extended warranty. It also mentioned that they pulled the passenger air bag. So I can't be sure if leaving the two 10mm nuts off of the upper air bag bolts was an "official" thing to do by an authorized Chevrolet dealer, but I'm going to tell myself "yes" for a little peace of mind.
Sooooo... if you're planning to pull your dash and you haven't owned your R since it was new, try removing those two bottom bolts first. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Okay, back to our previously scheduled programming.