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post #1 of 48 Old 02-26-2005, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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custom dashes?

Has anyone put a custom dash in a TJ, I have seen them in CJ's. I dont like the look of the factory plastic dash, and besides the metal frame of my dash is all rusted, and i want to do all autometer gauges, so i would like to do a custom dash if anyone has any ideas or opinions please post.


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post #2 of 48 Old 02-26-2005, 12:39 PM
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it's been done. will take a lot of work behind the dash. there is a lot of stuff behind there that is better hidden and routed on older models. it's been done plenty though.
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hold crap, that is exactly what i am talking about. Do you think there is a way to mount the passeng airbag in a custom dash? Hey thanks alot for that link.

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hold crap, that is exactly what i am talking about. Do you think there is a way to mount the passeng airbag in a custom dash? Hey thanks alot for that link.
Doubt it. I wouldnt mess with airbags, could be dangerous. And the soft plastic airbag cover on the stock dash wouldnt be as dangerous when it flies off as a homemade metal plate
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Doubt it. I wouldnt mess with airbags, could be dangerous. And the soft plastic airbag cover on the stock dash wouldnt be as dangerous when it flies off as a homemade metal plate
whats dangerous about a homemade meatal plate flying at your face at 200mph

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whats dangerous about a homemade meatal plate flying at your face at 200mph
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if i take out the passenger airbag all together then i wouold still have the driverside airbag.

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hold crap, that is exactly what i am talking about. Do you think there is a way to mount the passeng airbag in a custom dash? Hey thanks alot for that link.
if you're making a custom dash, it's custom. that means you customize it. if you want a passenger airbag, you have one. if you don't, you don't.
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if you're making a custom dash, it's custom. that means you customize it. if you want a passenger airbag, you have one. if you don't, you don't.
thats true but how can i make the airbag safe and functional coming through an aluminum dash?

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anyone good at welding and electrical work could do this, i cant do either so i guess it would probably b pretty expensive labor wise to complete this project.

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If anyone is handy with a welder and electrical wires, I will buy the material for both of our jeeps if you help me? I live in St. augustine, right under jacksonville FL.

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thats true but how can i make the airbag safe and functional coming through an aluminum dash?
It might look like ***, but you could leave the passenger airbag components intact (dash panel and everything) and just paint it a color to match your custom dash. Just kinda integrate the factory passenger side dash into your custom dash......
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i guess if i kept the factory airbag cover and the factory gauge cluster it would balance out each side then have the custom aluminum dash run in between them. I want to mount a marine CD player http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Xr1vb4B...1050&I=020CMD4 in the custom aluminum dash and recess it so i can put a door of some kind over it that locks. What are some other ideas that you guys would incorporate into a custom dash if you were to make one.

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