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08-15-2014 09:56 PM
Huntsman180
Update!

I had to rule out the Tuffy 6.5" Stereo console.. The width is still too wide between my seats - I wouldn't have been able to fit it if I tried. I put TJ seats in my YJ a while back (best decision ever) but the spacing between them is so tight. I could space them out towards the doors - but that's a whole project within it's self.

I sent out the final 2D sheet metal flat patterns to 6 companies around. I've heard back from 3/6 so far.
1: $430
2: $175
3: Not able - Min order is 100 units.......
4: Awaiting Response
5: Awaiting Response
6: Awaiting Response

Just as some final notes, I went with 1/8" Stainless Steel. I am looking to have a coarse brushed finish/texture to it. Attached below are the final renderings. I'm hoping to have a company begin cutting it out this coming week! Very exciting!

Attachment 1396506
Attachment 1396498
Attachment 1396514

The 4 holes you see here are what I'll use to attach the under steering column piece. That way there aren't any visible attachment points on the front. Ill have piece of Plexiglas or metal that it will bolt to.
Attachment 1396522

I'm ready to get this project over and done with! Its had to be drug out far too long! I just get antsy..
07-21-2014 08:14 PM
JMO69 Awesome! All I've done is blue LEDs! I would like to see someone do one out of wood!
07-19-2014 04:05 PM
zachattack looks great...
07-19-2014 03:17 PM
Smarks24 Amazing attention to detail
07-19-2014 11:20 AM
RawhideClab Looks awesome man. This is one of my dream mods for down the road.
07-19-2014 12:09 AM
Huntsman180 Just wanted to give everyone the latest update:
THE PROJECT IS ALIVE AGAIN!

I received a Kenwood KMR555U Marine CD Receiver
Amazon.com : Kenwood KMR555U Marine CD Receiver : Vehicle Receivers : GPS & Navigation

An Auto Meter 4798 Carbon Fiber Electric In-Dash Tachometer
Amazon.com: Auto Meter 4798 Carbon Fiber Electric In-Dash Tachometer: Automotive

and the key element - Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper
Amazon.com: Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen and Instant SAE-Metric Conversion: Home Improvement

I went ahead and stripped that nasty old dash off of the YJ today, it felt great making some good progress. I left the flat metal and stock guages on temporarily until the custom metal comes in! See Below.
Attachment 1314658
Attachment 1314666

Attached is the CAD for the dash, were a community that shares! I only ask that you don't make an EXACT copy, change something up so that no one has an identical dash!
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Below is the PDF CAD
Attachment 1314826
I will give out the final draft when I have all the dimensions on! in an autocad format as well!

06-11-2014 01:32 PM
OSUcowboy I would make it out of stainless.

If you make the design yourself, it would only cost about $200 for the material and the cutting. I have gotten a couple quotes over the phone. The real cost is in the design.

I am a recent college grad myself so I understand your woes but Plexiglas would fog up and look crappy down the road.

Sheet metal coated with good primer and paint would likely hold up a really long time too. I doubt the condensation would really attribute too much, as long as there is a way for water to drain out.

Would you be willing to share your cad files? I know how to draft, but lost my student licence when I graduated. I have a couple drafters at my company so they will help me adjust the gauges and switches so we don't have identical custom dashes. I may be able to float some cash over to help fund that stainless, too.

Thanks
05-31-2014 10:59 AM
Huntsman180
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Originally Posted by OSUcowboy View Post
How are you going to route the AC and Heater through those vents in the dash? It looks like the current vents under the dash are strait in front of the evaporator. Meaning, it looks like you will have to build some sort of custom box. Also, what about the AC controls?
You are correct! I have a bunch of sketches of a custom AC box that will sit up inside/behind the dash on the right side. Where the dash is more blank - because nothing is protruding behind. So it will be tucked away!

Still debating if I want to make the box out of plexiglass sheets, or if I want to create a flat sheet metal design and have it CNC'd out. I guess corrosion on the inside of the box (condensation) is my concern.
Any thoughts on this?
05-27-2014 02:04 PM
OSUcowboy How are you going to route the AC and Heater through those vents in the dash?

It looks like the current vents under the dash are strait in front of the evaporator. Meaning, it looks like you will have to build some sort of custom box.

Also, what about the AC controls?
05-22-2014 02:40 AM
kywaterman Looks like a good start to your dash, I always liked the looks of a CJ style flat dash more than the YJ setup. Would love to swap a complete CJ dash, heater controls and everything, then use Speed Huts new CJ series gauges in mine.
Looking forward to seeing more on this.
04-07-2014 07:43 AM
denisbaldwin Here's a picture of my Double D Fab custom dash, before it was painted. This might give you some ideas.

04-07-2014 02:28 AM
drphil23 cant wait to see the finishing dash!
04-02-2014 02:43 PM
Huntsman180 Sadly no.. nothing is new. College and a new apartment are draining me. Will have to hold off for a while - sorry all. Talk about an expensive project though! Whew! It wouldn't be as bad if I wasn't relying on my stereo being mounted in a $250 tuffy console, but so it goes, it is worth it. My goal is to not cut any corners on this project, to do it right the first time.

Here is the most current CAD I have.
Attachment 942882
Attachment 942890

If anyone has more ideas / things they are doing to their dash post it up here!
03-31-2014 05:58 AM
DJs97TJs Anything new?
03-19-2014 01:33 AM
dmaxthad Now im following. The ones I was confused on were the vents.
03-18-2014 09:30 PM
Huntsman180 Attachment 887058
03-18-2014 02:37 PM
0III0forlife
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Originally Posted by Huntsman180 View Post
That's really depressing.. Maybe a clear sealant between the plastic and the underside of the switch would have done the trick?
Since these are waterproof, that means they are at least from the front. So when I put mine in I'll seal them in so that no water can get in past the waterproof point at all.

If they still get destroyed, then I'm pretty sure Oznium has a warranty on their stuff. If worst comes to worst... It's a Jeep. Just empty every pocket
They actually got destroyed because the water or beer got down in around the o-ring that is in the head of the switch. Mine weren't from Oznium, but they were very similarly built. I believe it was because they were mounted horizontally instead of vertically in the dash. I would think that being mounted vertical in the dash would eliminate the chance of them getting wet inside.
03-17-2014 11:40 PM
Huntsman180
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Originally Posted by dmaxthad View Post
I cant tell which holes are for the indicators and the speakers but what are the other holes? I figured out which ones are the fuel, water, oil and voltage gauges.
I'll upload a labeled image
03-17-2014 11:38 PM
Huntsman180
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Originally Posted by 0III0forlife View Post
They didn't last very long. Out of 4 2 got fried by a beer, 1 was ruined in a rain storm, and the last got dirt and dust impacted in it to the point where it didn't work anymore at all.
That's really depressing.. Maybe a clear sealant between the plastic and the underside of the switch would have done the trick?
Since these are waterproof, that means they are at least from the front. So when I put mine in I'll seal them in so that no water can get in past the waterproof point at all.

If they still get destroyed, then I'm pretty sure Oznium has a warranty on their stuff. If worst comes to worst... It's a Jeep. Just empty every pocket
03-17-2014 01:21 AM
0III0forlife
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Originally Posted by DJs97TJs View Post
Just thought I'd say thanks for finding those switches. Already got a plan on where to put them. Way better looking than rockers

Not to rain on your really cool idea of placement for those switches...

But a poor choice for placement...a spilled beer or any moisture and they wont like where you put them. As well as just dirt and dust in general. Those aren't a sealed switch, just a push button. I know they say fully waterproof from the front, but that means mounted in vertical mounting.

I had similar switches in the front of my center console. They didn't last very long. Out of 4 2 got fried by a beer, 1 was ruined in a rain storm, and the last got dirt and dust impacted in it to the point where it didn't work anymore at all.
03-16-2014 05:12 PM
dmaxthad I cant tell which holes are for the indicators and the speakers but what are the other holes? I figured out which ones are the fuel, water, oil and voltage gauges.
03-16-2014 04:11 PM
DJs97TJs Just thought I'd say thanks for finding those switches. Already got a plan on where to put them. Way better looking than rockers
03-14-2014 11:34 AM
Huntsman180 Here's my current CAD drawings.
Some dimensions are missing purely because I want to wait until the actual part comes in so that I can measure it prior to making the final cuts.

Attachment 870042
03-14-2014 11:29 AM
dmaxthad Definitely stick with that thickness. Especially since we aren't cutting out as many holes as the factory piece had in it.
03-14-2014 11:21 AM
Huntsman180
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Originally Posted by 0III0forlife View Post
That looks like a great start Thad, have you given any thought as to how to address the windshield defroster vents?

I have been patiently waiting for the Huntsman to make his move on them, but he's too into buying cool LED's and speakers and dash vents for his...lol....Oh, let's not forget the way cool push button switches too...Damn guy....My favorites tab is getting full from all the websites that he directs me to for all the cool parts.
Made my day man! Haha!

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Originally Posted by dmaxthad View Post
I took my dash apart to clean it after sitting for 10 years, and things quickly escalated into a complete custom setup. I got the new dash from a buddies fabrication shop. It is 1/8" aluminum with the two breaks in it to match the factory stamped out hunk O junk. The new one is actually stronger and might even weight a bit less.
Great job so far! The thickness of the material has been my biggest question so far. Are you happy with the thickness? I know you said its stronger, but before I have mine CNC'd out would you suggest sticking with 1/8 alu?

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Originally Posted by charleybrwn13 View Post
Do you have a link for these? I looked on their website, but I had no luck finding them.
Anti-vandal LED Switch, ring style - Push Button on/off Switch


My F-250 Superduty vents came in! Man do they look slick. They're going to rest in a 3-5/8" hole! being roughly 4" in overall dia.
I'm going to have to get my hands on a micrometer to do some more measurements - I like to be precise. They are only $15ish for a digital one.

For my defrosters - which you cannot live without in Nebraska - I'm still planning on running them through the windshield channel. Just one of those things you don't want to screw up it's only one of the most visible areas when youre inside the Jeep..
03-14-2014 10:36 AM
dmaxthad Haven't really put too much thought into the defroster vents. Im in southeastern Arizona and this thing isnt going to have a full top on it.
03-14-2014 10:33 AM
charleybrwn13
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Originally Posted by Huntsman180 View Post
I decided for my "rocker switches" there wouldn't be any 'rocker' at all! Rather I am going to go with these puppies from Oznium.
Do you have a link for these? I looked on their website, but I had no luck finding them.
03-14-2014 12:23 AM
Big-Bob Those switches are really cool.
03-14-2014 12:17 AM
0III0forlife That looks like a great start Thad, have you given any thought as to how to address the windshield defroster vents?

I have been patiently waiting for the Huntsman to make his move on them, but he's too into buying cool LED's and speakers and dash vents for his...lol....Oh, let's not forget the way cool push button switches too...Damn guy....My favorites tab is getting full from all the websites that he directs me to for all the cool parts.
03-13-2014 11:59 PM
dmaxthad I took my dash apart to clean it after sitting for 10 years, and things quickly escalated into a complete custom setup. I got the new dash from a buddies fabrication shop. It is 1/8" aluminum with the two breaks in it to match the factory stamped out hunk O junk. The new one is actually stronger and might even weight a bit less.
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