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Unread 11-23-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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Cover for radio hole?

Sorry, don't know if this really should belong in the electrical forum, but its not specifically about the electronics...

Does anyone know if there's a readily available blank plate for the radio opening in a YJ? Its a ways down the road yet but I'm thinking about it now - I want to get a center console to replace the one that doesn't exist in my jeep and was going to get one that holds a radio so the contols are closer to me (ie, not leaning over the gear stick while doing 80 on an expressway...), But I don't want a big ugly gaping hole in the dash. Or is there something "stylish" or a CB radio that will fit in that opening?

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Unread 11-23-2008, 10:45 AM   #2
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I made a plate out of steel & put a power supply outlet & toggle switches for future accesaries in it.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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Even the most basic cd players come with a remote now. Seems silly given the radio isn't 2 feet away on a car, bit it's quite useful in a jeep. I leave my remote on the center console. Before long you'll know the remote really well and won't need to look at it or the radio to change stations of volume. I think it's safer than looking down next to you to find the radio controls. Just my .02
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Tuffy makes a "Stereo Dash Cutout Tray" to fill the hole after removing the stereo. Be nice to have a small cubby hole to place things, cuz the Tuffy Glove Box I installed eliminates the cubby hole over the factory glove box that's right behind the grab handle. Dunno if it is the exact size to fit your rig, check the measurements in your dash.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/14127_900.htm

They also make a Cutout Cover.

Either way, shouldn't be too hard to adapt a similar idea for your needs.
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I have something similar to what Burlbook48 posted, don't know where it came from though.
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A uniden or cobra CB will fit nicely in there with a cut out plate around them.
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The radio dash opening is a great place for 3 additional gauges. Just blank off the opening and then cut in the gauge openings there.

I put my trans temp, air pressure and air temp gauges there.
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I made a switch plate/ 12v outlet out of some sheet metal, it came out really nice and looks like it was a factory option. I only have a couple of pictures of it on my computer, the one was when I put it in, and the other was once the dash was put back together, if you want a better picture of it in the dash I can get you one, just tell me, I'll have to go and take a picture though, I don't have any saved to my computer.


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I purchased a yj new back in 94 and it didn't come with a stereo. It had a velour lined plastic pocket that was in the place where the stereo goes. Probably not available from jeep any more.
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I purchased a yj new back in 94 and it didn't come with a stereo. It had a velour lined plastic pocket that was in the place where the stereo goes. Probably not available from jeep any more.
You could get one of those at a car audio place. Some of the double din kits used to install a single din radio in double den hole have them. Might have to buy the whole kit tho. Should'nt be more then 25-30 bucks.

Something like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KIT6RK just use the bottom part. It usually slides out.
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I made a switch plate/ 12v outlet out of some sheet metal, it came out really nice and looks like it was a factory option. I only have a couple of pictures of it on my computer, the one was when I put it in, and the other was once the dash was put back together, if you want a better picture of it in the dash I can get you one, just tell me, I'll have to go and take a picture though, I don't have any saved to my computer.


Which one is the Nos? Do you think 3 of those would fit in the factory location for fog lights and rear wiper.
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Unread 11-23-2008, 11:15 PM   #12
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I'm liking the blank face plate idea - will probably add two or three 12V outlets there, since the A/C option puts the outlet in a very inconvenient place under the steering wheel...

On an unrelated note, outta curiosity, why where some 4wd indicators in the light panel above the wheel and some in the gauge cluster to the side? (Sorry, ADD got the best of me when looking at omarambo101's pictures... Didn't think it was worth a new topic) Both mine (my 87 and my 90) have them in light panel. Is it a difference in years? or have I just managed to get two very odd jeeps? (Most pictures I see have them in the gauge cluster)
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This is what I've been working on...



Square hole is for my CB radio, and the round hole is for a 12v socket.
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Unread 11-24-2008, 10:52 AM   #14
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I made a switch plate/ 12v outlet out of some sheet metal, it came out really nice and looks like it was a factory option. I only have a couple of pictures of it on my computer, the one was when I put it in, and the other was once the dash was put back together, if you want a better picture of it in the dash I can get you one, just tell me, I'll have to go and take a picture though, I don't have any saved to my computer.



srry to hijack.. but where did u run the wires for ur stereo in that console omarambo? under the seat?
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Which one is the Nos? Do you think 3 of those would fit in the factory location for fog lights and rear wiper.
unfortunately, I don't have NOS (yet), the switches are (in order) driver heated seat, fog lights, driving lights, long range lights, passenger heated seat, and if you made you own panel you could fit three in the factor foglight/wiper location easily, you could probably fit 4 if you needed too, they would just need to be right next to each other
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