I'll just toss this out right now to give you an idea what we're working with... We're budgeting about $1000-1500 for a complete wiring job. We're hoping that's enough to cover a professional or someone that does darn good work to come in and setup the whole dash for us and hopefully strip down the factory harness as well. We have no clue if that's too much or not enough. It's just what we've set aside as a starting point at least.
Now when I say to "set up the dash", I'll fab it and figure out the install. I can also do the gauge layout and mounting but I want to speak with whoever's doing the wiring up front cause maybe that's something they'd rather do on their own for some unknown reason to make their job easier. We do have some input on gauge layout for practicality of what we're doing but whatever... I'll have the dash setup to simply bolt in and out and do whatever else will make their job easiest. My dash in truck simply unbolts with 5 bolts. The gauges though, oh god will I be cussing myself the day I've gotta pull that thing out!!!! LOL
Would like to keep the power windows and doors.
Does need to be pretty weather resistant as it is rare that we'll be racing in the rain but it does happen as it is a rain or shine sport. We won't have a windshield or rear window in the races. I'm "hoping" to make a quick bolt in bolt out front windshield frame for ease and the rear will be plexi and simply bolt in and out as well.
Custom dash, no factory gauges, we've got all autometer stuff.
Yes, stock factory ECU.
I would like pretty much everything in the dash to be mounted to the dash, in a perfect world I'd love then to wire everything on the dash to one or 2 or 3 major plugs basically so I could simply undo like 4 or 5 bolts, undo a couple plugs and then slide the whole dash out with everything intact. Now in reality, will we get that? I'm not sure. I could see possibly actually hard mounting the GPS to a bracket behind the dash and making it so it just sits up against it flush because of how it mounts but I would like everything else to actually come out easily with the dash. The race radio, intercom, horn controls will most likely all be mounted in a center consol we have for it also that molds up to the dash.
This is my truck but it's the exact same dash we've got for the race truck to give you an idea.
And this is the center console we have for it. You can see how it kinda just molds/butts up to the dash I have which is the same one that will be going in the race truck.
Nothing needs to be quick change on the fly I guess you can say. If a gauge or component fails we'll swap it out at the house between races, it's not something we'll be carrying spares of or anything like that. I would like the entire dash to be relatively easy to put in and out for race prep though.