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Unread 05-21-2008, 08:40 AM   #1
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Swapping metal dash

I had an accident with my jeep a few months ago and my knee bent the metal dash. I see these real cheap on ebay and craigslist. Is it a fairly easy swap or am I asking for a headache.

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Unread 05-21-2008, 09:59 AM   #2
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Unread 05-21-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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It is actually a fairly simple but time consuming process. How bent is it?? Can you just bend it back??? Pics????

The part that is going to suck the most is you have to take your column apart to get the dash over it. here is a good link on how to do that: http://www.epiccomputer.com/dale/jee...tilt/tilt.html

If you look up my speaker replacement thread, youwill see how the dash comes off.




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Over a 24hr time frame. Give it a few min.
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There aren't a whole lot of people on at 8:00 in the morning

The dash isn't too hard to remove though, just a ton of screws and the part about disassembling the steering column.
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Its ok, like everyone else has said, its time consuming and a little boring. I just swapped mine out last week. For the the steering column problem I just cut the piece with a cut off wheel, one cut and flexed. I am planning on riveting it back into place, its really hard to notice.
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what part of the dash panel hits the steering column ? It looks like if you just pulled the steering wheel ans the turn signal lever and tilt lever the dash would slide right over. I'm probably wrong but I just wondered as I might be swapping in a cj dash soon to replace my rotten and cracked stock dash
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what part of the dash panel hits the steering column ? It looks like if you just pulled the steering wheel ans the turn signal lever and tilt lever the dash would slide right over. I'm probably wrong but I just wondered as I might be swapping in a cj dash soon to replace my rotten and cracked stock dash
You have it right. What I ment was the wheel and levers. But pulling the wheel if you have not done so before can be fun.
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oh ok cool I wasnt looking forward to tearing apart the column on top of the wiring mess swapping in the cj dash will already be
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Thanks guys. Big parts like steering columns im ok with. Its the wiring harness that im concerned with. and the heater controls. Will I be able to just unbolt everything off of the metal panel still connected or will I have have to disconnect everything and and reconnect. Ill take some pictures tomorrow rusty. I probably could bend it back but I would like to swap it because none of bolt holes line up anymore for the plastic panels.
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Thanks guys. Big parts like steering columns im ok with. Its the wiring harness that im concerned with. and the heater controls. Will I be able to just unbolt everything off of the metal panel still connected or will I have have to disconnect everything and and reconnect. Ill take some pictures tomorrow rusty. I probably could bend it back but I would like to swap it because none of bolt holes line up anymore for the plastic panels.
Ugh, sounds like it was painful. Your gonna have to unbolt everything and disconnect in the back. It is not that complicated. The center gauge pod is one connection and the heater controls come apart easily.

A word of advice though, before you start pulling apart, disconnect the batt. You can EASILLY ground one of the gauges or a switch contact and blow fuses. It really sux.
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dont go through all that horn crap, just remove the sterring column all together, theres a bolt in the egine bay that looses it, and 2 or three by the dash and the whole thing comes out.
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