I worked on my Jeeps switch panels this afternoon. I mounted two OEM panels next to each other and got switches that match as close as possible to factory.
Here are the switches I picked up, rear wiper is factory, then I picked up cooling fan for my FAL radiator fan, horn because my steering wheels horn button does not work, spot lights and soon a light bar.
Here are the two panels I was working with.
And removing the last three blanks from the second panel.
Dash panel before I started cutting and then after.
(Sorry about the crappy picture)
My first trimming of the switch panel, removed the mounting holes and support ribs of the second (passenger side) panel.
Next I created a cut out template of the shape I needed to replicate for the panels to mount flush against one other.
I then transferred the outline of the template onto the passenger side switch panel.
Next I used my dremel with a plastic cut off wheel to trim the outline.
After a bunch of sanding down of the edges to make the fitment just right, I bolted the two switch panels together. You’ll also notice that on the left hand side of the picture the panel has been cut off already. I did this before bolting them together. I placed both of the panels, switch side down but in opposite position of how they will be mounting in the Jeep and holding them flat on the bench I traced the mounting height of the side panel, on to the panel I needed to cut to match the correct height for the passenger side mounting location.
Here I marked out on the dash where I would be drilling the mounting holes.
First holes drilled in the dash and then I place the screw retainers in the holes.
I test fit the switch panel and it fit like a glove. I attached it with a piece of l-shaped plastic I had laying around. Some of you may recognize the piece it came from.
And here is the finished installation…still need to finish up the actual wiring part of things but Ill be working on that tomorrow.
Ill try and add some more details later on.