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Unread 05-16-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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Time for some dash work! with some help from you guys

Hey guys,
My dash has been eating away at me for ages now. Its time to do something about it. I have a new dash and indicators, knobs, and gauges

Whats the best way to dig into it? just start unscrewing and go?

Is it easier to just rip all the wiring out and put it on a workbench or something?

thanks in advance.


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Unread 05-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
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Last dash I repalced was in the early 90's. I just pulled the steering wheel, unbolted the old dash letting it hang down and started swaping stuff over to the new one. Think I replaced all 4 heater / fan pulls and the indicator lights just to make it look nicer and the old one can be a pain to get out.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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On my build I removed the steering column and unbolted dash, disconnected wires and cables at heater ect. disconnected wire harnes at fire wall. Dash is now setting on bench ready to be swapped over. To me it's alot easier to work on things at the bench. Also check everything under dash while it is out.
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Unread 05-16-2011, 10:28 PM   #4
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Do it this way: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...-look-1150715/
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Unread 05-17-2011, 05:18 AM   #5
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I just replaced my dash about two weeks ago. I went to Lowes and bought four 1/4 inch by 6 inch bolts and when I unbolted the old dash, put these four bolts in the corner. Loosened the steering column and then started to disconnect everything. It worked out great and was pretty easy to do...just don't forget to label all the wires and their location as you start to remove them.

I replaced all my indicator lights as well as the four heater pulls.

Good Luck!
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Unread 05-17-2011, 07:04 AM   #6
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can someone provide some pics of the heater cables and where they attach? When I got my CJ7, they were all gone. I have new ones to install now. Thanks!
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