Custom Dash Kit

Written by Will Baum
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Custom dash kits take your interior and make it into something you can take pride in. Factory dashes are basically all the same. Even well designed cars often leave the dashes in the dull beiges and grays that we are all used to from countless crappy rent-a-cars. Even if you're driving some boxy sedan, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a little personal touch. Custom dash kits may be the thing that makes the difference you're looking for.

Custom Dash Kits Go In Easy

Installing custom dash kits is no problem. You can do it yourself. If you're someone who can't button up a shirt properly, consider getting a more fastidious helper. Everyone else can go at it alone.

The first step, as with any minor or major fix-it project, is read the instructions. Of course you don't want to. Just do it. You'll end up making back the time it takes by avoiding obvious mistakes. Improvising your dash installation is not a good idea.

There are a few simple steps to prepping your car: heating (to 72° Fahrenheit), cleaning, and double-checking the fit of your new components. From there, it's just a matter of sticking. Some dashes (usually flat overlays) require spray adhesive. Others (usually 3D molded dashes) have tape on the back--you just peel and stick. If something isn't fitting right, here's a simple trick: Heat the part with a hair dryer. It will become pliable. Don't force anything. Given a little TLC, custom dash kits fit easily and effortlessly.


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