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Unread 05-22-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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Will a TJ dash/interior work in a YJ??

I know some of you here are die hard YJ lovers, and are going to persecute me for even asking this......

With minimal work, would a TJ dash (the entire thing) swap into a YJ?

I am kind of not-too-fond of the dash setup in my 91. I am a little more partial to the dash/dashboard/glovebox setup of the TJs. What say the masses? Should we try it or not?

A little background, I have a 91 with a 350 swap done by the PO and a rat's nest of wires to everywhere and nowhere.

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Unread 05-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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I know some of you here are die hard YJ lovers, and are going to persecute me for even asking this......

With minimal work, would a TJ dash (the entire thing) swap into a YJ?
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Simple answer... NO. It would take lots of work and fab to make this happen.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 02:43 PM   #3
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http://www.doubledfab.com/ My dash is in the photo list somewhere.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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I got mine from him last fall... Dan is great to work with!
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Unread 05-22-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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Those look pretty sweet! I was looking more at snatching the dash and instrument cluster from a TJ and fit it into my YJ. Just curious if anyone had done this before or could give me pointers. I'm a cheap a$$ and don't want to spend anymore money than absolutely required! Hahaha
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Unread 05-22-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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I believe all TJ's use the CAN buss for the dash gauges, which is fed by a/the computer, totally incompatible with a YJ. The CAN system was designed to reduce wiring needs (lower cost), with the gauges sort of daisy chained together (think USB, but not).

You don't sound like a YJ guy. Just buy a TJ and ease your pain.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #7
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I believe all TJ's use the CAN buss for the dash gauges, which is fed by a/the computer, totally incompatible with a YJ. The CAN system was designed to reduce wiring needs (lower cost), with the gauges sort of daisy chained together (think USB, but not).

You don't sound like a YJ guy. Just buy a TJ and ease your pain.
Now that breaks it down a little better for me, thank you.

As for not being a YJ guy...... Come on now, just because I don't like the dash and gauge setup? Its 4corner leaf spring, whats not to love?
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Unread 05-23-2012, 05:50 AM   #8
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ha ha, I think Don was referring to not wanting to spend money, and owning a YJ....... Not compatible!
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Unread 05-23-2012, 07:16 AM   #9
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ha ha, I think Don was referring to not wanting to spend money, and owning a YJ....... Not compatible!
No, I meant that vehicles, Jeeps included, tend to get more complicated as the years/models go by. The YJ is generally less complicated than a TJ. Most YJ owners do mods in the simpler direction, taking things off rather than putting things on. Wanting to remove the butt ugly YJ dash is a good idea, but adding a bigger butt ugly TJ dash is just wrong.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 09:05 AM   #10
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Wanting to remove the butt ugly YJ dash is a good idea, but adding a bigger butt ugly TJ dash is just wrong.
Agreed!
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Unread 05-23-2012, 09:28 AM   #11
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http://www.doubledfab.com/ My dash is in the photo list somewhere.
My dash is in there too. Why anyone would want to go from the YJ plastic to even more plastic is beyond me. I guess you could have lots of fun wiring it up and even have airbags.
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I hear ya on not liking the YJ dash. Been working on a sheetmetal one for quite some time....
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Unread 05-23-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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I hear ya on not liking the YJ dash. Been working on a sheetmetal one for quite some time....
See now I like that design better. The TJ dash is just more user friendly I think, witb all the gauges in one spot, a large ACCESSABLE radio location.... Plus, a better oh poop handle on the dash. My wife grabbed the YJ on and pulled on it, the stupid thing about came off in her hand!

I like simple and effective.

I understand about the older vehicles; while simpler tend to be more of a money pit. I traded a 74 Duster for my YJ
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Unread 05-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #14
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could always do something like this...cheep and easy....

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Unread 05-23-2012, 12:25 PM   #15
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I like that! I would move the radio up to the top of the dash, but that is much more of what I want. I just dislike the YJ setup.
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