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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Replacement Dashpad Question

I ordered a replacement dash from Amazon (I had some cash back to spend). Got it and the tab shaped part in the driver side was smushed in. Like it had been stored on its end. The cutout for the wiper motor doesn't give enough support to do that. So it looked mashed and the tab or wing on the end was crooked. Sent it back.

Second one came and it too is a little bit this way but not nearly as bad. I have been trying to warm it up in an attempt to shape it right. Don't want I send it back again as this one is passable.

It's omix brand and I know how that can be sometimes. Appears to be the only guys who make them.

Anybody had any experience with fixing this problem?

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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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This is how it came the first time and got sent back.
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Cousins,

I just replaced mine. The whole wiper motor end of mine was warped, too, probably about an inch.

I placed mine over a heat register in the house, then sat a heavy tool box on it. I let it sit like that for about 2 days.

It didn't straighten out perfectly, but it did straighten enough to install it, with a little effort. Once I got it screwed down, it looks good.

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No experience with this, but I do have an extra OEM dash pad if that one doesn't work out. The only issue is that it has a crack and a small chip. I'm sure with a little Bondo it could be repaired....
Just an option....
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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:33 AM   #5
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I placed mine over a heat register in the house, then sat a heavy tool box on it. I let it sit like that for about 2 days.
I have one of those rolling clothes racks. Hung it from the end by the hole where the wiper motor is about a day ago. And put it under the heat vent from the ceiling. It seems to have moved just a bit. Next idea was to lay it in front of a space heater.

I guess I was just disappointed you spend that much and can't even get it in the shape its supposed to come.
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No experience with this, but I do have an extra OEM dash pad if that one doesn't work out. The only issue is that it has a crack and a small chip. I'm sure with a little Bondo it could be repaired....
Just an option....
I've been trying to hunt down an OEM pad forever now. How much do want for it?
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Unread 01-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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I've been trying to hunt down an OEM pad forever now. How much do want for it?
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Try to clamp it to the correct shape, then try some heating and cooling cycles while it's clamped.
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Look around. I found one on eBay from a little company on the east coast. Perfect condition and $75 bucks cheaper. I'll find the name of the company in a bit.
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Look around. I found one on eBay from a little company on the east coast. Perfect condition and $75 bucks cheaper. I'll find the name of the company in a bit.
Was it CSE Offroad in NY?

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Unread 01-30-2013, 05:43 PM   #11
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Was it CSE Offroad in NY?

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