Before I tear into the dash I wanted to know where my switches and gauges were going to go. When I had my Eaton locker installed, the switch would not fit in the stock T. J. switch positions and so they use the area to the right and cut a hole for it. Basically they ruined that space. So, later I added winch in cab controls right next to it. Now that I’m getting a transmission gauge I want to use that space for the gauge. I really don’t want it way down low by the transfer case lever.
So, I ordered some 1/8 inch ABS plastic sheet and began to think about how to restore that little area and move the locker switch. First, I wasn’t even sure if the temperature gauge would fit there, but it will. I measure the area I wanted to cover after removing the two switches and cut a couple pieces. First one was no good. Second one was better. I learned that it’s better to is Razorblade to make each line and then repeatedly go over that line, then just bend and break it to get smooth edges.
The mess back there.
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The process (yes, I could start over with a fresh switch panel, but it’s another $60-70.
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The last two pics are the two different sides of the plastic. I could paint with SEM too, but probably just go with side A or B and call it good.
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My problem now is where am I gonna put the locker switch because it doesn’t fit in the stock position and I looked at manipulating one and it’s really not gonna work. So I think I’m gonna put it down by the transfer case lever, which makes sense since that’s your go-to for four-wheel-drive anyway. I could get one of those crappy eBay switches, but the Eaton switches are really nice and it has a safety on it. So, while switches are cool and all, I think I’m just going to put it there and my jeep will look like a sleeper through the window.
Going to tear into the dash…
Nice solution, Jeremy.