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Old 03-30-2012, 08:25 PM
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Ok, so just like 1,000's of Dodge Ram owners who have had their dash boards cracked and ruined from a wide variety of explanations (heat/cold, expansion/contraction, screws too tight, defective plastics, pissed off about something, etc.) I have FINALLY decided to delve into replacing the whole damn thing. For about 7 years I have dealt with bits of dashboard cracking, bouncing around, then falling off. It was about 1 year ago when I just snapped everything off that didn't involve any tools to remove it. Today I made my trip to the auto salvage yard and picked up almost all of the replacement pieces for $75. The only thing I was not able to get was an undamaged dash bezel (surprise, surprise). And while I have the dash torn apart I am going to replace the leaking heater core and a/c evaporator core.


I am not a mechanic but I do consider myself to be fairly mechanically inclined (at least to the point where I am willing to try anything once - although sometimes I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not). The removal of the pieces at the salvage yard proved interesting enough, and I can only imagine that it will be exponentially more challenging to put everything back without breaking it.


Having seen and read a number of threads asking about cracked dashes and replacing or repairing or covering them, I figured that I would chronicle my adventure into this uncharted territory (for me anyways). I have included some "before" pictures for your viewing pleasure. For those interested in following along, I will post updates and pictures as the project gets underway. I'm not exactly sure when I will begin, but at the latest I hope it's no farther out than next weekend. Oh, and for the record, I have a 2000 Ram 1500 5.9L Laramie SLT.


To be continued ...
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:01 PM
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That's quite a project, good luck!
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I do not envy you. I've taken them out in about 4 1/2 hours. Putting them back in is at least 8-10.

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I have a feeling my 01 is going to look like that on its own soon. But the sad part is the the 95 is perfict!
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I have a feeling my 01 is going to look like that on its own soon. But the sad part is the the 95 is perfict!
RAMFAM, unfortunatley you may be right about your 01 (but I hope not). My truck had about 6 years of baking in the Texas sun to deal with prior to me moving back to Maine.

I appreciate the "good luck" wishes. I decided not to tackle the interior issues this weekend, but will hopefully get on it next weekend. We'll see ...
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I'll be following this closely, as my '98 has cracked in about 4 different places, and is ready to go. BTW, how do you get the bezel for the instrument panel off? I can't get mine to budge, and since it is in good shape, I don't want to break it. Good luck!
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I'll be following this closely, as my '98 has cracked in about 4 different places, and is ready to go. BTW, how do you get the bezel for the instrument panel off? I can't get mine to budge, and since it is in good shape, I don't want to break it. Good luck!
Take the 2 screws out by the ash tray, 2 screws by the cup drink wearer, and the rest is clips that have to be gently pried loose to pop the bezel off. Don't forget to unplug the cigarette lighter on the way out.
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any updates? i just traded my bike for a 99 and have to replace the dash ... luckly the guy had an entire dash from another 2nd gen in the bed
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I just put an ABS cap on my dash and bezel... easy instal, looks great, and a fraction of the price of a new dash.



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It is not bad just to take the complete dash out. Me and a buddy can get a dash out on the ground in under a hour without cutting or tearing anything up.
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