|Today 12:23 AM|
|Big-Bob||Those switches are really cool.|
|Today 12:17 AM|
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.
|Yesterday 11:59 PM|
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.
|03-09-2014 11:00 AM|
Hijack away! Haha! Just try and keep organized
I'm at a slow point right now of gathering everything. Sadly money isn't growing on trees.
|03-08-2014 10:33 PM|
|dmaxthad||I am in the process of doing a very similar build myself. Ill post up pictures too if you don't mind. I don't want to hijack your thread but its a good way for others to share information. The conversation between you and Autometer saved me some time.|
|02-27-2014 09:30 PM|
I decided that rather than more clutter on the dash that I would go ahead and get one of these:
Tuffy Stereo Security Console (6.5" Wide)
And inside that - since it has the stereo case - I would go with a:
Kenwood KMR350U Marine Cd/usb/aux.am/fm Receiver (or something similar).
I chose a water tight one because at least my Jeep loves to get drenched from time to time. So I would have not only a marine stereo, but both marine speakers as well.
F-250 Vents are ordered, should be here in a couple days!
By spring time I will have this full project in!
|02-27-2014 06:14 PM|
|DJs97TJs||So excited about this build! Those switches are amazing. So, I noticed you had speakers, but what about the radio? Maybe I missed something.|
|02-26-2014 07:51 PM|
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.
This is a picture of the black ones at night - I will be going with the silver/chrome model.
I will be ridding my stock headlight switch and replacing it with the white ring switch. They only illuminate color when in the on position.
Here is a rendering of the front face of the metal sheet. This is not complete as it does not account for the A/C-Heater vents. Nor does it have attachment holes.
Some things may seem to be spaced out, but for example the speakers which are the two biggest circles on each side have close to an inch bevel around them. The CAD only shows what would need to be cut out.
The switches would be located far left, the five holes below the speaker hole.
|02-26-2014 09:04 AM|
It's all my design, every aspect of it. Every measurement and part being installed! I'll post my CAD renderings tonight. I'll have a local CNC shop machine and bend it up, then I'll circularly brush it, and send it to a clear powder coat!
I prefer to not pay people to do things, especially when I can design it myself! I'm a bit of a perfectionist.
|02-26-2014 12:37 AM|
|Old Gunny||I think HarleyDragon is on to something with those gps speedos. This winter i hope to start building my custom dash. Until then i just keep reading everyone elses threads for great ideas. Drives the wife crazy. She keeps asking how many Jeeps can you look at. I keep answering all of them!! Gotta love her.|
|02-26-2014 12:31 AM|
|Old Gunny||That is a really cool looking dash!! Have you installed it yet and if so can you post some pictures? Also do you still have the web site for the desinger?|
|02-25-2014 10:17 PM|
I am slowly ordering parts and refining the sheet metal design as each comes in, it'll be done this spring!
I am in the great debate what A/C - Heater vents to install on the new flat dash. I am aware that this will not fit on a "stock" dash, but I will be installing two on the new flat dash and making some needed modifications to the heater to accommodate two front facing vents.
The vents from a Ford F250
The vents from a Jeep JK
The JK vents keep things 'Jeep', but the F250 ones are pretty tough looking.
What are your opinions?
|02-03-2014 07:31 PM|
|02-03-2014 07:30 PM|
The gauge came in a couple days after ordering! It looks nice! Very pleased with it's appearance.
In addition, I think I am going to solve the issue of still having defrosters by doing the CJ to YJ cutout through the windshield frame!
These are some pictures I have saved for reference when I do my project, these aren't mine, just pulled from multiple other posts around aimless forums.
It seems like the most simplistic way to do it, that doesn't use up dash space, or make things look awkward. It's gonna be some work, that defiantly isn't in a chilton book!
|01-31-2014 07:46 AM|
|88beast||I've seen the double d's fav website how much did that dash cost if you don't mind me asking? I'm looking to tackle a custom dash and gauges soon.|
|01-30-2014 07:43 PM|
I had a guy fabricate a flat panel stainless steel custom dash that turned out amazing. Double D Fabrications. Guy does great work.
|01-27-2014 02:07 PM|
I sent a question to Autometer tech support, they promptly responded within a couple hours! So here is a copy of what tech support said to assist in answering any questions anyone else has with speedometer compatability with their wranglers!
"I am building a custom dash for my 93 Jeep wrangler. So physical size fittament does not matter to me. However, I would like to use the Autometer carbon fiber series, and I am curious if the speedometer will work with my Jeep. I believe it has an electric sending unit already, so would that be a splice in replacement?
I know Autometer already makes a Jeep replacement guage (Auto Meter 880245 - Auto Meter JeepÂ® Logo 3 3/8" Diameter Mechanical 120MPH Speedometer - Quadratec), are the internal parts the same as the carbon fiber series? If so, I see no reason the carbon fiber series shouldn't be comparable with my jeeps electric sending unit. I just need to verify before I order. Thank you!"
Autometer Tech Support:
"Thank you for your inquiry. You are correct, all you will need to do is tap off onto the signal output from your OEM vehicle speed sender. There is no need to use one of our senders if you already have an electronic sender. You are also correct in assuming that the Carbon Fiber series speedometer is the same as the Jeep Gauge just with a different outwards appearance. All of our electronic speedometers will work exactly the same, all that is needed is ignition power, ground, signal input from your VSS, and a switched 12V source for the gauges lighting.
One thing to remember is that all of our electronic speedometers are programmable, once everything is wired up you will need to follow your calibration steeps and take your Jeep for a two mile calibration drive in order to program the gauge to read the correct value. The nice thing about this feature is that you can reprogram the gauge any time you wish. So, say you were to change tire size from 33" to 37", or gear ratio from 4:10 to 4:56. All you need to do is recalibrate your speedometer. Calibrating your speedometer is a simple three steep process that can be done right from the drivers seat. No need to change rear drive and driven gears in order to try to get a close to accurate speedometer reading.
Hopefully this helps you out. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have.
Now being assured they are compatable, I will be ordering the speedometer this evening! Thank you Fabrokoner for finding the lowest price!!
|01-27-2014 01:02 PM|
I bought a steering shaft from them which I ordered Friday at 4pm and it arrived the next afternoon. I also ordered some gauges which took almost a week to ship. So the shipping is hit or miss but the price is always great.
|01-26-2014 05:38 PM|
|DigitalDisciple||Cant wait to see what you do. Im creating a custom dash aswell and am at a roadblock with a few parts as far as indicator lights and switches. Keep up the work|
|01-26-2014 04:51 PM|
Well after looking at it, the site seems pretty safe. It is BBB certified, and you can pay through amazon.
Might order that tonight!
|01-26-2014 03:58 PM|
My only concern is warranty? If it would be the same since it's not from a place like summit or amazon?
|01-25-2014 11:08 AM|
|01-25-2014 08:43 AM|
Almost $12 cheaper than amazon. I win.
|01-25-2014 08:00 AM|
Auto Meter 4889 Carbon Fiber In-Dash Electric Speedometer : Amazon.com : Automotive
|01-25-2014 12:50 AM|
|hahajk||Who makes those indicators?|
|01-25-2014 12:25 AM|
Those lights are way cool. I am planning a "flat dash" for mine as well, Just haven't figured out the problem with how to mount or stabilize the defroster vents if or should I say when I take the plastic parts out.
I took it all apart once last summer. and when you remover the "padded part of the dash", the defroster vents are kinda flimsy, plus it looked like hell with that V.I.N. plate sticking up in the air and the wiper motor exposed. On my old CJ, the defroster vents are in the windshield frame itself.
Let me know or show me some pics of what you have planned for the defrosters.
|01-23-2014 11:38 PM|
|2xs||IMO, use the "free" yellow for the MIL/CEL|
|01-23-2014 11:14 PM|
New indicator lights came in today! Very excited about that!
They're very tiny! I like this, they're not big and bulky - very low profile. I plan to lay them out right above the steering wheel, in the shape of a W.
I ordered 5 in total.
1 Red - Parking Brake
2 Green - Blinkers
1 Blue - Brights
1 Yellow - 4WD
Plus 1 Yellow, they sent it on accident - it was FREE!
I'll simply cut off the old lights and put these new puppies in. Only that front little head will be sticking out, the rest will be sunk behind the dash.
They are actually very bright! Which will be nice, if they are too bright, I will install an LED dimmer from Oznium. I already have it figured out how I would do it if need be.
A picture of one in the dark. Cameras just didn't do the color justice, it's a very nice bright green color.
|01-22-2014 07:59 PM|
Flat aluminum brushed dash with a clear coat!
Good thoughts though!
|01-22-2014 06:40 PM|
The box says they are 6.5" speakers? the stock junk speakers are 4.5" wide by 6" long. and if you try and mount those back behind the dash, not only wont they fit, but the cloth ring around the outer edge of the speaker that lets it flex for sound, will hit the dash and wont let sound out. And if you try and cut mounting holes in the dash then I hope your dash mod includes going to a flat dash and getting rid of the plastic dash pad which is in the way, as well as holds the mounts for the defroster vents.
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