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Old 10-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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replacing stock switches/ diamond plate dash

i have been wanting to do this mod for a long time now and its time to act on it. I want to remove the plastic cover that goes over the switches cd player, and ac knobs and vents and the rest of the controls, you guys know what im talking about. Anywho, i want to replace the whole thing and put in a squared off black diamond plate there instead. And in this diamond plate set up the only thing that will remain in the same spot are the ac vents, ac knobs and controls, and cd player. however i do want to add in a cbradio and speaker, and a switch panel consisting of 8-10 switch, three of which for the stock switchs. ohh i will also be changing the position of the cig lighter. I know this modification can work, and it will look real nice when im done, but how do i go about switching the stock switches to toggle switches??? I think this and getting the right dimensions will be the hardest part.

Also where do you guys think i should mount everything, the switches could either be on top of the vents or down low where the stock switches are. Or i could put the cb radio up top, or i was thinking right above the cd player, as of right now i have the cobra 19.

ANY, and i mean ANY advice, inputs, ideas, or opinions are greatly appreciated.

And yea i know some of you are thinking why in the hell am i doing this, and my honest answer is: im bored, i think it will look cool, and be one of the only tjs with this, and im bored.

THANKS GUYS

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Old 10-03-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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Sounds like a very cool mod. But not sure I can help much. Have you started cutting out any of the diamond plate yet? Maybe get a base diagram and we can throw some ideas out there.

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Old 10-03-2011, 11:00 AM   #3
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Anxious to see pics.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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If you need any help forming the tread plate let me know, I work with it everyday, all I need is a print. Just an offer!! Maybe you can capitalize off of it!
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #5
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I'd rethink diamond plate.

Those diamonds make mounting switches difficult because you won't have a flat surface. (Well you will with very careful layout.)

Also diamond plate tends to be thicker, tougher steel, think about mild steel sheet instead.

I'm not trying to discourage, I know what you want to do, I don't like that mass sticking out in the center of the dash either. Diamond plate does look neat, but trying to "clean" that up presents challanges, don't add to the exercise. Radio's and auxilliary switches can be moved anywhere. The heater controls should have some leeway also, but the air ducts look like a problem.

I'd love to see the results.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:00 PM   #6
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If you need any help forming the tread plate let me know, I work with it everyday, all I need is a print. Just an offer!! Maybe you can capitalize off of it!
ANY help you think you could give me would be very much appreciated, as of right now I am a full time dad, work full time, as well as going to school for my bachelors as well, needless to say the jeep is tore to pieces, so far I only have card board cut outs that are getting close to dimensions. Other than that I havent had time to work on the project.

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I'd rethink diamond plate.

Those diamonds make mounting switches difficult because you won't have a flat surface. (Well you will with very careful layout.)

Also diamond plate tends to be thicker, tougher steel, think about mild steel sheet instead.

I'm not trying to discourage, I know what you want to do, I don't like that mass sticking out in the center of the dash either. Diamond plate does look neat, but trying to "clean" that up presents challanges, don't add to the exercise. Radio's and auxilliary switches can be moved anywhere. The heater controls should have some leeway also, but the air ducts look like a problem.

I'd love to see the results.
I know exactl what you are talking about and agree, however i decided I am going to do the dash all diamond plate, and as far as the switch panel i am going to make i custom box that will be easy to slide in and out with two screws holding it in., this will not be diamond plate, it will be a smooth sheet like you suggested. And with it being easy to remove it will be easy to add to the empty switches and wire em up. oh and i will be using the thin cheap diamond plate, the problem with this is the difficulty to weld.



Well keep the ideas coming guys and I will let you know my progress. This may take a while due to my situation but I WILL finish it eventually.
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I did my DJ dash in 1/8" aluminum diamond plate... very solid its doable, and the switches aren't terribly hard, but you don't get them flush without a dremel and a lot of patience...

use wood blades to cut it (way easier), pop rivets if you're OK with that look (I dig it), and I like black allen head bolts with it for contrast.

best "overall view" I got... flat CJ style is obviously easier, but I've worked with the thinner plate, and boxing it out and adding rounded corners is pretty easy, a lot of it you can bend by hand without any tools, and you can make a simple small sheet brake to bend nice sharp corners however you want.
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I did my DJ dash in 1/8" aluminum diamond plate... very solid its doable, and the switches aren't terribly hard, but you don't get them flush without a dremel and a lot of patience...

use wood blades to cut it (way easier), pop rivets if you're OK with that look (I dig it), and I like black allen head bolts with it for contrast.

best "overall view" I got... flat CJ style is obviously easier, but I've worked with the thinner plate, and boxing it out and adding rounded corners is pretty easy, a lot of it you can bend by hand without any tools, and you can make a simple small sheet brake to bend nice sharp corners however you want.
Awesome! that looks pretty good, and mine might be a little bit easier, due to the fact im only doing the center piece, but we will see. Since im using black plating, steel silver bolts would look nice in the places i need them,
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Alan, sounds like you have a thought out plan. Good luck, looking forward to progress reports.
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Awesome! that looks pretty good, and mine might be a little bit easier, due to the fact im only doing the center piece, but we will see. Since im using black plating, steel silver bolts would look nice in the places i need them,
Look for stainless, my black ones rust and I have to touch em up with hobby black once in a while.

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