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Old February 4th, 2011, 07:31 PM
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Question Why can't someone just stamp out an aluminum Guage Bezel for our D90's?

Mine has seen better days, and I know I brought this up awhile back but it sure would be nice if someone could biuld a Bezel out of aluminum by stamping it on a die and trimming it for fitting and its guages. Sure I could do this myself, but, it would look like shat. Anyone ever thought of this, I mean we got guy molding door cards already, why not dash bezels?
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Old February 4th, 2011, 07:48 PM
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If you mean the main instrument panel,I just made a carbon fiber one for my D90. You can get a plain stainless one from the UK. I also made carbon fiber switch and center instument panels.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 08:02 PM
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If you mean the main instrument panel,I just made a carbon fiber one for my D90. You can get a plain stainless one from the UK. I also made carbon fiber switch and center instument panels.
Nice, did you use the original as a mold? I think I've seen the stainless ones from the UK but its just the face plate cover, not the entire piece right?
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Niel,

I have a guy that can lazer stainless or punch aluminum. let me know what you want, shoot me a PM and I will get them banged out and we can push them out at cost. If anything my metel guy will charge me a case of beer.

PS. Stainless is cheaper to work with than aluminim..
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Old February 5th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Nice, did you use the original as a mold? I think I've seen the stainless ones from the UK but its just the face plate cover, not the entire piece right?
Neil, are you talking about the entire front panel assembly?
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Old February 5th, 2011, 12:19 PM
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Neil, are you talking about the entire front panel assembly?
Yeap, the whole shebang, mine has cracks all around it, and the mounting tabs (ears) have long been broken off. The previous owner did some crazy shat to it.
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If you mean the main instrument panel,I just made a carbon fiber one for my D90. You can get a plain stainless one from the UK. I also made carbon fiber switch and center instument panels.
I'd love to see some pics of the carbon fiber ones you made, they sound cool.
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For some reason putting Carbon Fiber anything on a Defender just seems wrong. Kind of like putting a lift kit on a Porsche.
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For some reason putting Carbon Fiber anything on a Defender just seems wrong. Kind of like putting a lift kit on a Porsche.
As opposed to plastic, imitation vinyl, aluminum, stainless, and whatever else? Besides, most of the Porsches ( and their owners) around here could use a lift kit
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That is nice, but I was thinking making the whole thing (entire piece) out of carbon fibre, stainless steel etc. I know it would be difficult but I think biulding something that would last is a great idea. Last time I checked, this dash piece is now NLA.
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Not sure you could stamp it out of 1 piece. I think its too complicated a shape. You'd probably have to build it out of 3 or 4 parts and create an assembly. Maybe you could mould something out of fiberglass or something like that that could be reinforced and made stronger than the original?

Whatever, I am interested in seeing what somebody comes up with as mine is also pretty banged up. I have one of Steven's Cowls that is really well done and now the bezel just seems really bad.

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For some reason putting Carbon Fiber anything on a Defender just seems wrong. Kind of like putting a lift kit on a Porsche.
Hey, I'd strangle a puppy for one of the Dakar prepped 911s, it's not as silly as it sounds. Of course you could have my firstborn for the new street version of the Bowler Nemesis.
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That is nice, but I was thinking making the whole thing (entire piece) out of carbon fibre, stainless steel etc. I know it would be difficult but I think biulding something that would last is a great idea. Last time I checked, this dash piece is now NLA.
I think the problem would be, where do you stop?. If you make an entire panel out of aluminum or CF then you get into the adjacent plastic pieces. I thought ( briefly) about making an entire panel assembly, but had no need to go that far. Another thing, Land Rover Defender dashs are not a model of precision fit and finish. In many ways the stock plastic unit works better than something more substantial because it has some give and play. Going to something far more rigid could pose many installation headaches.
IMHO, if I were to get away completely from the plastic, I would first do an entire re-think on the existing design of the entire upper console.
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