When The Aston Martin DB9 was launched in 2004 it was met with almost universal acclaim, with only a few negative comments, one recurring comment was that the switchgear looked very cheap and nasty. In 2012 Aston Martin introduced “Glass switches”, these looked much better than the original plastic switches. The original Heated screen switches below next to glass fog light switches.
However because Aston Martin updated the centre Console for MY2009 and moved/changed a lot of the switches some switches are not available as upgrades from Aston Martin.
- Air Conditioning
- Air Recirculation
- Hazard lights
- Heated Rear Screen
- Heated Front Screen
- Petrol Flap
- Reduced Guard Alarm
As the car looks rather daft with half the switches updated to glass and half plastic I decided to modify them myself.
The switch bodies are identical and for the most part the insides are too, to remove the switches from the console just press in the two spring tags and push out from behind. However the connectors are slightly different shapes to avoid plugging the wrong switch in.
To separate the parts of the switches press the black plastic tags in and push to the rear, there are two under the metal spring tags (removed to show access), push both in and pull the rear out, the lens part can then be removed.
Exactly the same process is used on a glass switch
Then using a fine knife blade the lens can be separated from the plastic carrier.
And then the backing can be carefully pulled/scraped off. Most of the switches are as below with a small circular part inset that is illuminated by a tell tale LED to use as an indicator, however the DSC switch doesn’t have this and there are two orange LEDs that illuminated the whole switch orange, I used this style for the hazard lights too,
I had decals custom manufactured to replace the original on the back of the lens
Which then stick to the rear of the lens, I designed the air recirculation button to have an outline of an Aston Martin DBS Coupe
After it’s just a matter of reassembling the switch parts, remembering to install the metal locater tags before pushing the back of the switch in and inserting back into the dash.
Modified Start Button
After installing the glass buttons the original glass start button looked out of place, it has a grey metallic background instead of black like the other switches, and it was only illuminated round the edges.
I decided to change the background to match the other buttons, and by using the same method to illuminate the lettering too.