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Old 07-29-2011, 10:35 AM
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Dash retrofits for the JK?

Hello. I'm looking for dash panel retrofits for the JK. Do they exist? The idea is to restore the CJ/JY look of the flat dash by taking out the JK dash and replacing it. That thing is a plastic monstrosity that makes it look like a car inside. Plus, it's a pain to keep clean like my CR-V dash. It's like cleaning a large, intricate sculpture.

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The plastic monstrosities are what I dislike the most about the JK. Posting here to follow the thread, I'd be curious to see what comes of it

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with enough money anything is possible. Though about blanking out the dash on an 82 F150 stepside. Now, that would have been sweet. I like the dash in this jeep. A hell of a lot more interesting than my older ranger's dash. BORRRRRing.

Good luck, if you do it, I would like to see pics.
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Modify the JK/JKU dash and you might have to put the power window switchs-back on the doors--

How foolish is that

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with enough money anything is possible. Though about blanking out the dash on an 82 F150 stepside. Now, that would have been sweet. I like the dash in this jeep. A hell of a lot more interesting than my older ranger's dash. BORRRRRing.

Good luck, if you do it, I would like to see pics.

Let's see how the markets do. If SHTF in the financial markets, I just might do that. First, I have to turn the tables on the financials, flush them out of their Jeeps, and then outbid them.

Seriously, the reason I thought of it is because one of the earliest memories of a car my parents drove is a Scout 80, early 60s. I rode in it with Dad most of the time until I was near 9 years old. That's probably about 5, maybe 6 years of memories.
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Modify the JK/JKU dash and you might have to put the power window switchs-back on the doors--

How foolish is that

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Dude doesn't get it...



Who said anything about power windows? Did it occur to you that I would be buying a manual-everything vehicle?

What are you going to do 25 years from now when your dash starts cracking on you? I had my console on my '93 Corolla starting to crack apart on me a two years ago, before I got rid of it last year. Oh, never mind... Sorry I misunderstood you. You never hang onto a vehicle long enough to experience those problems. Whoops.

In case you've never seen a CJ-series Jeep, the idea is to eliminate the plastic you get high on in the summer and replace that with a metal dash.

G'day, son.
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Who said anything about power windows? Did it occur to you that I would be buying a manual-everything vehicle?

What are you going to do 25 years from now when your dash starts cracking on you? I had my console on my '93 Corolla starting to crack apart on me a two years ago, before I got rid of it last year. Oh, never mind... Sorry I misunderstood you. You never hang onto a vehicle long enough to experience those problems. Whoops.

In case you've never seen a CJ-series Jeep, the idea is to eliminate the plastic you get high on in the summer and replace that with a metal dash.

G'day, son.
I don't think it's a good idea to call me "son", I drove my first jeep (CJ2a) in 1954 and my '08 JKUR reminds me ofit

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Sorry to Gravel your grits old timer--

I don't think it's a good idea to call me "son", I drove my first jeep (CJ2a) in 1954 and my '08 JKUR reminds me ofit

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Wow "son," you never grew up... I had the feeling it was a teenaged troll looking for a fight. Why do you think it's dumb to replicate the look of a CJ when you know darn well that nobody is going to make them that way anymore? I HATE the way a lot of cars look. It's all plastic and complicated. It can take a good 20 minutes to detail a dashboard on a modern car.
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Where---in any of my comments do you see the word "DUMB" !!!


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Wow "son," you never grew up... I had the feeling it was a teenaged troll looking for a fight. Why do you think it's dumb to replicate the look of a CJ when you know darn well that nobody is going to make them that way anymore? I HATE the way a lot of cars look. It's all plastic and complicated. It can take a good 20 minutes to detail a dashboard on a modern car.
You are right though--I really haven't "Grown up"-

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Where---in any of my comments do you see the word "DUMB" !!!

It's inferred. Can you troll somewhere else? There is really potential for this under certain scenarios.
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On topic, you'd have to fab everything, there isn't anything available from the aftermarket for changing the JK dash, short of swapping one piece of plastic for another. I like the idea, though. It's a pretty simple dash, if you're any good with sheet metal, I bet it wouldn't be too hard.
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It's inferred. Can you troll somewhere else? There is really potential for this under certain scenarios.
Damn, man I'm fairly certain the power switch comment was more of a joke. Both, about the power windows themselves, as well as their location. I believe the term is satire.
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On topic, you'd have to fab everything, there isn't anything available from the aftermarket for changing the JK dash, short of swapping one piece of plastic for another. I like the idea, though. It's a pretty simple dash, if you're any good with sheet metal, I bet it wouldn't be too hard.
May be difficult around the passenger bag, but then you would have to move it.
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On topic, you'd have to fab everything, there isn't anything available from the aftermarket for changing the JK dash, short of swapping one piece of plastic for another. I like the idea, though. It's a pretty simple dash, if you're any good with sheet metal, I bet it wouldn't be too hard.

Yes, you would have to remove the dash, make note of what buttons are where and where the AC ducts go, etc. Then set up your sheet metal brake and go to work. You can't do that with these plastic dashes.
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May be difficult around the passenger bag, but then you would have to move it.
YEEEaaahhh... I wouldn't be the one to do it. :tiptoing:
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I'd buy a replacement dash in a minute. Already replaced the plastic console with a Tuffy. Plastic doesn't seem to fit in an off road vehicle at all.
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I'd buy a replacement dash in a minute. Already replaced the plastic console with a Tuffy. Plastic doesn't seem to fit in an off road vehicle at all.

My opinion is that such plastic doesn't belong. Not like that anyway. I hope Bumblebee is reading this. If things start happening for the worse in this country, then retrofitting and "mechanizing" power-packaged vehicles could become a booming business as people scramble to get out of vehicles that can't be fixed with replacement parts that could be made by a small group of people (very difficult to do with compound curves, like modern bumpers, fenders, roof-tops, curved glass). It's why I have a Scout II as a backup, in case such a scenario happens.
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I like the idea of the old style dash. I'd like to throw my mirros in the trash someday and replace with a good old fashion steel mirror with a plain steel rod; black of course.
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+1 for a bare dash makeover - I remember the look of the Bronco's and CJ's... Isn't there metal under all the plastic in the JKU dash?
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+1 for a bare dash makeover - I remember the look of the Bronco's and CJ's... Isn't there metal under all the plastic in the JKU dash?
There's some bkts and strips, but no REAL metal, you couldn't tearit out and just replace with SS/alloy--unless the JK was a rebuild/burnout/wrecking yard purchase-

Anythings possible, but that would take a LOTTA work-

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Personally, I like my 2010 dash. It's plastic, basic, and looks thoroughly uncarlike. A custom steel one would be cool, but not worth the effort from my view. That's WAY down on the to-do list.
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I have disliked plastic since I was a teenager. And I don't care for deep dashes....
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Not sure where you live but have you seen like pimp my ride? My point is I am sure if you are willing to shell out a custom car company (such as GAS formally known as west coast customs) would be easily able to accomidate. In saying that I live in Northern Ontario Canada pretty far away from the west coast and only watch MTV...maybe it doesn't really work like that...

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