Originally Posted by JYM
I appreciate all the help so far guys.
Is there any other way to remove the ignition cylinder without carving across the "anti-theft" screws so that it can be removed with a screw driver? I don't think i can get the necessary angle to carve into the screw, or to stick a screwdriver into that indent since the dash is in the way.
Also it feels like the point of the anti-theft screws is defeated because I can just remove the switch that goes into the ignition cylinder, and just turn that with a flat screwdriver, instead of having to remove the entire ignition mechanism.
I just pulled my tumbler off last night. It took about 30 min, but here's what I did.
With the bottom column cover removed, remove the trim panel w/ the vent directly below it, remove the vent that is attached to the mid column, and the two 12mm bolts that hold the upper column. Loosen the two 12mm nuts that hold the bottom. Loosen them as much as possible, but don't remove them (no need, won't help, and makes it just that much easier to put everything back together.)
You should now have enough drop in the steering wheel, and remove the upper column cover. Now you can remove the screw that holds the switch assembly to the tumbler, carefully remove the black cable strap (reusable)
Two options, you should have enough room for a small pair of needle nose vice grips, OR Grab a ball peen hammer (safer than a claw) and either a drift punch, or if you're careful, a narrow chisel. I was able to spin the bolts a few turns w/ a drift punch and remove the assembly. I replaced the bolts w/ 5mm hex pan-heads MUCH easier to install. And since I doubt anyone would go through the trouble to dropping the column if they are going to steal the car, it really makes no difference on security.
Good luck, have fun!