scuba mc- I have torn apart YJ dashboards like 86838 times haha. I will probably remove the steel flat support that the speedo/tach radio and heater controls mount to all together and replace with one I design. I am planning on running new cables and everything all together, what I would really like to do is make everything electronically controlled, I think that would be cool, but maybe just cables for now. In my initial design you can see 2 rectangle cutouts in the middle for the radio and heater controls, the top two are heater vents.
Aaron J- I agree, who has that many switches anyway!! haha
GrantYJ- I don't plan on using the factory AC, I might try to source an aftermarket AC set up that I can hide somewhere behind the dash instead, but not really my priority
My YJ has a 4BT cummins, I ditched the factory gauges a long time ago, I still don't have a working speedo, just because I am having a hard time finding an electronic speedo that I can calibrate (I have a super short SYE with the electronic sender) as well as a tach that I can set up with a diesel that match each other, and are not stupidly priced
Basically, what I am going for is tearing everything out, starting from nothing, and making it what I want it, but I also want to create a few configurations, because I hope to develop a kit to sell that is semi-customizable.
I am pretty experienced with laser cutting and robotic bending, none of this will be done by hand besides final assembly, and everything with be held together by a lovely thing called Rivnuts or nutserts, which makes blind threads in sheetmetal possible.
Im not really looking for tips on how to do it, I have my bases covered, I am looking for what other people might want in a dash, and I am quite surprised at some of your responses haha, I just dont understand the desire for a flat CJ style dash haha.
Anyway, keep the ideas coming!
Jeep 1:Used to have a 93 YJ 2.5l- 3.5" Black Diamond, Chevy TBI 5.7l V8, SM 465 4 speed, 8.8 rear( 4.10, L/S), rhinoline, Mile Marker 9000, NP 231, Had to sell it due to college
Jeep 2: 89/91 YJ, 4BT Cummins, NV4500, NP 231, Old Man Emu 2.5" suspension lift, 1" body lift.....Runs and drives, but very much a project
Interned at Novak Conversions 2 summers ago
Ask me about my 4BT Cummins Motor Mounts!!