post #1 of Old 08-24-2009, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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metal dash backing

I just folded the window down and RUST all over the metal dash backing (and newly broken window hinge). I've ordered the window hinges, but I've been looking on the internet for a new (or used) dash backing, and can't seem to find one. Anyone know where I can get one?

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post #2 of Old 08-24-2009, 10:47 PM
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i just through one away i held it for a few months and thought that no one is going to want this so i chucked should check out a recking yard or somr thing in that area good luck
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post #3 of Old 08-25-2009, 04:31 AM
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no one makes them, you could find one in a salvage yard or just do a flat dash.

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They pop up on ebay every now and then. Mine was the same way and I ended up doing a cj7 dash swap, much cheaper and easier to find a replacement stock part though.
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post #5 of Old 08-25-2009, 09:17 AM
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i just found a rust free one at a junkyard, if you do go this route make sure to get any rust off of it and also consider coating it in some undercoating like i did, this will keep it from rusting and actually eliminates any rattling and noise from it, makes the whole dash feel more solid now. Good Luck, and BTW i paid $25 for mine from a bone-yard.

EDIT - also keep in mind there are slight differences between the model years, i believe the major one to be the speedo/tach gauges are different when they switched to a digital speed sensor from the transfer case. Mine is the old school mechanical speedo wire and my gauges were not a direct fit, i actually just had to drill a few holes and it wasn't a big deal at all but good to know none the less.

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post #6 of Old 08-25-2009, 09:56 AM
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How do you spot said dash backing? I've had my window down before and only see the plastic backing behind the defrost.

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post #7 of Old 08-25-2009, 10:00 AM
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Theres a handful of torx bolts up there that bolt it down to the body tub. Its behind the plastic but you can see where it overlaps the tub. Itll be pretty obvious if its rotten back there with the windshield folded down. I found out how bad mine was when I went to change the cowl seal.
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post #8 of Old 08-25-2009, 11:20 AM
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Its no help but we toss them out when doing a YJ build. I dont have anything coming up soon or I would save you one. Like mentioned above try a salvage yard.

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post #9 of Old 08-25-2009, 03:27 PM
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Since you are in God's land, Costa Rica I would guess that finding replacement used parts is hard. Plus getting one shipped is taking a chance.

What I did with mine was to template the holes on the old piece then grind all of the rust off. Next step is to weld replacement metal onto the lip. Paint, then you have a new part. Very easy and quick. In fact much quicker than shipping and waiting. If you do bad work, don't worry no one will see it.

Good luck.
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