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Old September 28th, 2016, 08:47 PM
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Tuffy Center Console Mod

As part of my 110 project I have been going back and forth with what to do with the stereo setup. My NAS90 had a Tuffy with which worked but the single DIN just wasn't anything special.

I had plans to do a center dash setup. But I just love the looks of the traditional Defender dash. And with no AC I wanted full wind from the bulkhead vents.

I had purchased a used Tuffy off Craigslist last spring. After buying a double DiN stereo for the F250 and being impressed by the features - I figured an upgrade to the Tuffy to fit one would give me the best setup all around.

I started cutting up the Tuffy. It was in crappy shape so I didn't feel badly about it.

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The divider was cut and moved back 1". I am going to make up the other inch by removing the coin holder on the front. On my 90 it just got filled with junk.
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Old September 28th, 2016, 08:48 PM
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Old September 29th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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Old September 30th, 2016, 10:43 AM
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A little work from last night. I lengthened the stereo cover and welded the old hinge to the new front cover.

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Old September 30th, 2016, 10:44 AM
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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:05 AM
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Got it mostly done today.

Just need to plus a couple small holes and cut out for the double din. Then some flap disk / DA work on I'll bring it up to GSD for powder coating.

Ordering the stereo today too.

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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:07 AM
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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:08 AM
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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:13 AM
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So are the overall dimensions along the base staying the same front to back? And when this is done you'll still be able to shift into 2nd without banging your knuckles every time?
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Old October 6th, 2016, 11:42 AM
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So are the overall dimensions along the base staying the same front to back? And when this is done you'll still be able to shift into 2nd without banging your knuckles every time?
The bottom dimension is exactly the same.

I took out the coin holder (which I felt collected crap on my last one) and shortened the top lid both around an inch to make the 2" difference for a double din.

I am not sure how I will mount it yet - I will make a custom bracket that ties into the bolts that keep the T-Case cover on the seatbox.
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ICON Center Console | shop.icon4x4.com

Something similar
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Great job!
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Awesome work Don - as usual!
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For reference: icon's looks "tuff-ish" but it's still not a Tuffy! ;-) And BIG $$, too!

Great work, Don! Looks fantastic and over built! Tuffy should prototype it!
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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:55 PM
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Thanks for the props everyone.

I bought this Tuffy off Craigslist for $60 so I didn't feel bad cutting it up. And I probably have $30-40 in materials in it. I'll have to see how much powder coating it will be - I'm guessing $150 but the finish should be a better than what Tuffy's come with.

That ICON one looks nice and probably works loads better than a Tuffy but that price tag isn't cheap! Actually a new Tuffy is close to $300 new so the extra features of the ICON are probably worth it and it is double DIN which makes a big difference.
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