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Old 07-19-2011, 11:33 PM
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Hey guys, I'm replacing the dash in my '99, but I'm having trouble removing the old one. Just a couple questions...

1. There are 4 screws still holding it in. 2 on the drivers side, and 2 on the passenger side. They're on the side of the dash and wedged right up against the cab. I can barely see them, much less get a wrench/screwdriver to them. How in the world am I supposed to get at them?

2. I was told that the steering colomn has to be dropped. If I just remove the two nuts on the underside of the column nearest the steering wheel, will it just drop down? Or is there more to it?
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:27 AM
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no experience on the screws, but would a 90* screwdriver or bit in a socket help?

yes, remove the 2 screws and the column will drop down onto the seat.
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I used a ratchet wrench with a ton of extensions.

Remove the two bolts on the bottom of the steering column support bar. It will slide down and out a little and rest it on the seat.

You have the bolts against the window and then two bolts (one on each side) under the dash and near the kick panels. Two people would make it alot easier trust me..
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:51 AM
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Thanks guys. I think my problem is that I'm trying to separate the whole assembly from the metal frame. I guess that's not how you're supposed to do it. I'll give it another shot today.

I got my new dash from LMC truck yesterday, but when I opened the box, the dash was all scraped up like somebody had taken a rasp to it. I called LMC and they're sending me a new one so I can't complain too much, but I really wanted this done by the weekend.
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:21 AM
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I learned the hard way. I had the usual dash cracks and thought that removing the bolts at the window would release the dask top as I was thinking about fiberglassing and painting it. Come to find out after I literally ripped the dash apart piece by piece that ther were screws holding it on that you normally wouldn't see unless you removed the dash from the firewall. Hope LMC makes it right and would love to see pics when done.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:17 AM
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So are you replacing the entire dash or just the top pad piece? I seen 2 options on their site for the pad, a $70 diffrence. What's the diff and which are you doing? Says they ain't crack for a short period if time...how long is that?

Thanks, I'm trying to decide best route to fix mine. I hate the carpet cover.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:22 AM
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I think one is just a cover. Goes overtop of the current dash top, does not require removal of the dash. Other one would be a replacement part. Physically remove the dash, take off the old one, put on the new one, reinstall the dash. More work, but, in my opinion, better end result.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:23 AM
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Please post pictures of the LMC dash BEFORE it's installed. Top and bottom if you please. I want to see what one of these looks like.
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Think the reinforcements they have would be good to use also? Is rather spend the extra and get the replacement rather than just glue one over.

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IIRC there are 4-6 screws that enter from the backside of the dash towards the driver. As for the ones against the a-piller I use a super flat wrench. Got a set from sears for a few bucks.
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The cover one goes directly over the top and glues or epoxys to the top of the old dash. I have seen one done before and it doesn't look to bad. The vents looks deep bc of the extra cap. Used car dealerships use the caps all the time.
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The cover one goes directly over the top and glues or epoxys to the top of the old dash. I have seen one done before and it doesn't look to bad. The vents looks deep bc of the extra cap. Used car dealerships use the caps all the time.
Are they sturdy, will the last?
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I haven't seen one that has been on for a year or two so I cannot say. They are thin ABS plastic like material. Even if you go to the dealer and buy an entire new dash you will have the same cracking issue in a few years. I was going to fiberglass, smooth, and paint but looking into price I could get a cap cheaper.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:31 AM
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So u get the new dash yet? How'd install go, got pics?
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Old 07-23-2011, 04:19 PM
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Dashskin.com has the same product at a lower price then LMC truck.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:52 PM
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Dashskin.com has the same product at a lower price then LMC truck.
I think the cap is the route I'm going. I don't wanna rip into my dash and risk breaking other ****.

This dashskin looks like a good product.. what the diff between the 2.5 and 3.5 bezel? Is it preference?

Anyone have experience with the dashskin ones?
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Hey guys, sorry, haven't been on here in a while. I did get the new dash, LMC was VERY nice about sending me a new one, no questions asked. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of it before the install, I was in too big of a hurry to get this project over with.

I think it's a lot more sturdy than the OEM dash, it's definitely heavier. It fit very well, you can't even tell it's aftermarket. The only thing I didn't like was that the color was way off. I had to use some Mopar interior paint but even then you can still see the difference. Hopefully after a little polishing it will match everything else a little better.

Overall I didn't think this project was that difficult, I definitely made it harder than it needed to be but if I ever have to do it again, it will be a breeze. I'll see if I can get some pictures of it, any questions, just ask.
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Did you pull the dash? Im wondering since there are 4-6 screw entering towards the interior could you just break them off seeing as old dash is being replaced and just not install those.
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