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Jaydogg25 04-23-2010 02:42 PM

dash help/ideas
in the very near future i will be starting my engine swap in my YJ, good bye 2.5L hello so i figured its time i start looking @ my options to re-do my dash. i dont realy care for factory layout. i'm trying to get ideas of things i will need. i always prefer to start planning on 1st.

I see a lot of people that install diamond plate, or some sort of metal dash. keeping it flat. For example found these pictures online:

now it goes look very nice and clean, but also looks like there could be a issue seeing some of the gauges. i have been making test boards using 1/4" wood to get a idea and it does seem like will be more of a issue seeing whole gauge. anyone try a dash like above? if so how do you like it any changes you recomend? i could always fiberglas the dash.. prefer not to bc of all the time etc..but something i can do lol if worst comes to worst.

some items planning on installing in dash.

Speed (0-120)
Water Temp
Oil pressure
Air pressure (for compressor)
Amp (so I can see the draw).

Figure these would be only gauges I need unless anyone can think of any I missed.

Warning Lights: Check Engine, Alarm LED, Turn Signal
Donít know if I need anything else, figure dont need high beams

Other items in dash:
Heater controls
Lots of switches for lights
Cig Lighter
Main Power Kill Switch

anything i'm missing, should not use? anyone have any ideas?

thanks for any input

90yjHMG 04-23-2010 06:54 PM

i read about a cj dash kit that looks prety sweet. seems like alot of work but the end result would be spectacular.... copy and paste web address below

Jaydogg25 04-24-2010 08:54 AM

yea i agree i have seen stuff like that as well and looks good in pictures. just seems some of the gauges further away may have a issue seeing them. maybe i'll just mess with it and see what happens

paul66 04-24-2010 09:28 AM

If your going to make your own why not make it so the gauges are tilted towards you so they are easier to see?

tmulholland24 04-24-2010 11:54 PM

i have a 2.5L and would really like to upgrade, how much is it going to run you to upgrade to a 350?

Jaydogg25 04-25-2010 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by tmulholland24 (Post 607485)
i have a 2.5L and would really like to upgrade, how much is it going to run you to upgrade to a 350?

all depends on how fast you want it and how much you want to spend.

most will probably tell you sell the 2.5 and buy a 4L bc in a lot of cases will probably be cheaper. but i have done alot to my 2.5L over the years so i want to keep it, plus since it's not my every day driver i can take my time and look for deals on parts etc. nice having a friend thats a mechanic so that helps alot in Labor and in finding things.

Right off the bat i plan on, engine, trans, front & rear axles, probably transfer case, SOA. some other things i know i'm missing

my friend found a old Chevy w/ 350 and turbo 400 trans in it. that i can get for cheap probably like $400, will rebuild before i install. then just missed another friend sellin a ford 8.8 for $75, so i was pissed about that, but just my luck. lol

alot of it is probably luck finding parts. bc find a good used engine like me it's cheap, order it from a company could have several grand in just that.

but we're still lookin for parts..once i hear back from him i can make a list. but that could be this week or weeks down the

1kooljeep 04-25-2010 09:27 AM

This will be a good spot for you to look and get some ideas.CLICK ME

tmulholland24 04-25-2010 08:08 PM

Yea I got my 2.5L really cheap considering its condition, I dont think i will be able to find a 4L in that type of condition for the money i spent. The one thing that sucks is that the motor mounts for bigger engines are not the same

Jaydogg25 04-25-2010 08:57 PM

Yes i saw that 1kooljeep. thanks.. just goin to try to make it alittle more flush.. maybe i wont make it flat idk.. guess i'll mess w/ my templates

Engine Mounts :) this makes it easy

sevenservices 04-26-2010 09:27 PM

to make your fabrication changes easier for testing ideas... use cardboard. You can paint it flat black if you want a different look. It can be easily cut, moved, changed, bent, etc... Then, once you settle you can use the cardboard to make a stencil. Cut it out of thin wood and cover with fiberglass for nice rounded and smooth edges or go with steel for the sharp flat look.

Jaydogg25 04-27-2010 08:52 AM

hehe yea cardboard is my best friend right

Lancem 04-29-2010 06:40 PM

I used a piece of 1/8" plywood the real cheap stuff and used it to mock up my flat dash. I used autometer gages and factory speedo. When I was ready I used 1/8" aluminum plate and used hole saws that I got from McMaster carr, There is at least one pic of the dash in my build thread

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