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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 #16 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 07:49 PM
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I like my dash pad. As mentioned a few posts up, great for resting a drink on, setting my phone up there so I can see it ringing.. sure as heck can't hear it! and my dash pad is original from '77 and no signs of cracking or serious fading..


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post #17 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 07:51 PM
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Have them and love them.

They are one of the few soft areas of the dash and can be useful in a crash. However you have to make sure you have a lap belt on or you could miss it and hit the windscreen.

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post #18 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 08:11 PM
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I always like the looks of it since it is an OEM piece installed at the factory for my model year Jeep CJ-7



Without it, it looks kinda unfinished but with the steering column missing in the photo below, I guess it really gives it that unfinished look.


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I use mine as a shelf like a couple of guys said and my jeep sign and shotglasses sit on it.

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post #20 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 08:58 PM
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i bought my 81 without one. that was a plus to me. i never did like them myself.
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post #21 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 09:45 PM
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I always like the looks of it since it is an OEM piece installed at the factory for my model year Jeep CJ-7


Keith, what did you end up doing for rear floor mats?

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post #22 of 47 Old 09-04-2011, 10:09 PM
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Keith, what did you end up doing for rear floor mats?
Nothing, never found any.

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post #23 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 12:08 AM
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Looks better with a dash pad, IMO.

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post #24 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 12:20 AM
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Vote for the dash pad.

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post #25 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 01:30 AM
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Love my OE pad.....go with the pad.

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post #26 of 47 Old 09-06-2011, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking I will keep it plain for now...

Thanks for the replies.

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post #27 of 47 Old 09-06-2011, 10:06 AM
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I found an unbelievable amount of rust behind mine. Gives me peace of mind to look at it now and know there's nothing going on behind there. Plus, it's more of a 'classic' look IMO.

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post #28 of 47 Old 09-06-2011, 03:32 PM
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I prefer the looks of having the dash pad. Mine has never cracked or even really faded in 29 years. It's dark blue with raised JEEP letters in light blue. Very hard to find. My ends aren't clipped like the one shown in Keith's, which I wish they were. Now I have to modify it to fit in my roll cage front hoop so it fits closer to the dash. I'm thinkin' some precision cuts with a razor blade. Heat gun to warm up the vinyl and make it pliable. Then peel it from the foam backer. Remove about a 2" semi circle, then fold the vinyl back into the circle and glue it. Anyone ever did this?
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post #29 of 47 Old 09-06-2011, 03:53 PM
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Leave it plain! It IS a rust trap and the defroster vents make great hangers!


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post #30 of 47 Old 09-06-2011, 07:32 PM
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I like mine on. I like the break between the lower and upper. Just replaced the dash during our rebuild and still added the dash pad. Just me.
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