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Unread 01-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Floorboard Dimmer Switch Screws?

This seems pretty trivial but I've had to fix the floorboard dimmer switch about four times since I got my CJ back in October.

The problem seems to be that the screws are the incorrect size and so the dimmer can wobble around under foot and it keeps breaking the connection with the pigtail.

The screws in there are a couple of small self tapping sheet metal screws and I'm pretty sure these are NOT the correct ones, so if anyone can clue me in to exactly size screws or bolts it should have, I'd surely appreciate it!

Everybody keeps telling me I should mount the thing on the dash but that's just too halfassed for me.

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Unread 01-08-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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Dimmer switch on the dash? WTF are those guys smoking?

You can just get some 1/4-20 bolts long enough to go though the switch mounting ears and the bottom of the floor. Put nylock nuts on the back and your done. It wont ever move again.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:12 AM   #3
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Dimmer switch on the dash? WTF are those guys smoking?
Dude, I'm from Arkansas. They're not high, just redneck.

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You can just get some 1/4-20 bolts long enough to go though the switch mounting ears and the bottom of the floor. Put nylock nuts on the back and your done. It wont ever move again.
It looks to me like there are already nuts spotted onto the bottom side of the floorboard for this purpose. Will the the 1/4-20s fit through there?
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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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Dude, I'm from Arkansas. They're not high, just redneck.
HEYHEY get it right it HILLBILLY us rednecks have a lil class well at least this one does and hate halfassed the jeep I just got has got wires hangin it just why do ppl do stupid sorry had to rant a lil
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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
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oh yeah I got the same problem mines not even screwed down not effort was made to even attempt it
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Unread 01-09-2012, 06:54 AM   #6
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Most of mine use the little plastic inserts like found on license plate factory brackets. I think this was the factory way. They use a square hole.
I like the small bolt/nylock Idea, the same size as the holes in the switch.

If I did this, I would put never seize on, for sure cut the machine screw/ flush with the nut. And use some spray undercoating to seal.

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Most of mine use the little plastic inserts like found on license plate factory brackets. I think this was the factory way. They use a square hole.
That's correct. Your 1985 model year will have two 3/8" or 1/2" square holes in the floor pan with plastic inserts that provide a base for the #8 Hex head sheet metal screws that hold the dimmer switch in place.

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That's correct. Your 1985 model year will have two 3/8" or 1/2" square holes in the floor pan with plastic inserts that provide a base for the #8 Hex head sheet metal screws that hold the dimmer switch in place.


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Unread 01-09-2012, 07:40 AM   #9
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Putting the switch up off the floor was the best thing i did...no worries of it getting wet or kicking it. IMO the reason alot of people has problems with these switches is because they r on the floor...but im a stupid newfie so what do i know ..lol
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My Dad had Jeeps for so many years with the floor mounted dimmer switch that when he got a new truck with the dimmer on the left multi-function switch, he kept getting his foot caught in the steering wheel every time he tried to dim his headlights.....
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Unread 01-09-2012, 07:52 AM   #11
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You can always confuse people and use one that is a temporary contact style switch as a starter switch up and to the right of the gas pedal like in my 42 GPW.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 08:03 AM   #13
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Mine didn't have the plastic plugs. Went with 10-24 screw and nylock, and have had no problems. I also took a thin 3/16 or so piece of rubber and put between the switch and floor. Just a little added water/dirt protection.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 08:33 AM   #14
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since i have a yj tub i had to mount it wherever i wanted and i just used a couple self tapping screws. been there about a year and havent had any problems. still mounted nice and solid. i think part of it is that i have a cage that bolts to the floorpan so in order for me to kick the switch it would be an un natural motion, so the switch doesnt get accidentally kicked
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I replaced my dimmer switch a few days ago because whenever I would hit it there would be about a 30% of the lights actually coming back on. Rusty terminals
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