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View Poll Results: Dash pad yes/no or leave it nekid
Keep it plain 62 56.36%
Get one - it makes it look finished 48 43.64%
to hard to put one on - blow it off 0 0%
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post #1 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Dash pad or not?

I am thinking of buying a dash pad - but I'm kind of liking the naked look.



I would like to know the degree of difficulty installing one as well as a yes/no poll.


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post #2 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 11:55 AM
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I never liked them on there. Plus, it's just gonna crack and fade in the sun, so why waste your money?

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post #3 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 12:23 PM
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first thing I took off my cj7 when i got it home
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post #4 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 12:54 PM
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I tossed mine, I think it looks better without one

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post #5 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 12:55 PM
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I actually really like the dash pad... different strokes for different folks I guess. I've been toying with the idea of adding a front bar to the roll bar setup though and the pad looks like it will interfere, just something to think about.
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post #6 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 12:57 PM
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I love my dash pad...

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post #7 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 12:58 PM
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Here's another vote for no pad. I don't have one on mine - like it better without.

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post #8 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 01:01 PM
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I like my dash pad

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post #9 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 01:02 PM
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It's factory legit and doesn't look bad on there.

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post #10 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 02:04 PM
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One nice advantage to not having the dashpad is that if your wiper linkage, or motor, should happen to fail, you can pop off the linkage cover, and operate them manually. Plus it gives you more room to attach accessories. (I had a fire extinguisher mounted on the windshield frame).

On a related note, I've wanted to remove my dash panel as well. Do I have to completely remove the heater controls first? I havnt figured out how to remove them yet.... doesnt seem too difficult, but i have a habit of breaking things.
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post #11 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 02:17 PM
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On a related note, I've wanted to remove my dash panel as well. Do I have to completely remove the heater controls first? I havnt figured out how to remove them yet.... doesnt seem too difficult, but i have a habit of breaking things.[/quote]

No, you just have to lower the windshield, which means moving the hard top or soft top off a little if you have one on. unless those tabs go under the dash panel, which apparently they do. You can just loosen all the dash panel screws and move it out of the way enough.

A pack of smokes is secure between the dash pad and windshield frame .

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post #12 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 03:49 PM
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Why do you need to remove the panel? If you just take it off and lay it down with the one side resting on the steering column then you're good without removing those cables. To take them off you pinch backside and push through front.

I'd leave dash pad off. Looks better IMO. Only reason I got mine is because the dash behind it ain't too pretty, but yours looks great.
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post #13 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 04:10 PM
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My opinion: Looks great and Omix has a great licensed replacement available for under $200 shipped.
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post #14 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 04:37 PM
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If you go topless a lot, you can get some rust issues between the pad and dash. They do make
A nice shelf, though! Good for sitting a cold one on or rifle or whatever!

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post #15 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 06:35 PM
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I like the way it looks without. I took mine off when I replace my windshield frame and never regretted it.

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