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Unread 03-06-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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1986 CJ7 Metal dash replacement level of difficulty?

I'm looking for an über-original 1986 CJ7. Most of the ones I've found have a butchered dashboard. In most cases, the 2-knob radios have been replaced with DIN mount stereos. I know this may sound silly to some (or everyone), but the painted metal dash is one of the main reasons I'm looking for a CJ. I'm not interested in anything to cover the holes; I don't want to turn the DIN mount area into a cubby hole. I just want it to look like it did when it was built in 1986.

So, my question is this: if I find an otherwise good '86 CJ7, how hard is it going to be to replace the metal dash? Is that something that bolts on or would it have to welded or what?


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Unread 03-06-2011, 10:44 PM   #2
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Its bolted on and easy swap...if you dont freak out unplugging EVERYTHING electrical, lol. everything on the dash must be disconnected and then swapped into the new one...and then reconnected!
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Unread 03-06-2011, 10:59 PM   #3
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It's pretty easy. Much easier to unbolt the dash and slide it out some then disconnect all the wires one by one and labelling as you go from above. Otherwise you are contorted in s asmall cramped space doing it from below. I put a couple of long bolts in to rest the dash on as I slide it out. 1/4-20. Then pull the dash with all the gauges attached.
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Unread 03-07-2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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If the rest of the Jeep is in good shape, I would not let a butchered dash stop me from buying it. You can get original dashes off Ebay and Craiglist and a reproduction in stainless for less than 200.00. And, the stainless can be painted to match the Jeep.
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