Dash Front main replacement

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As most will know with these 2nd gen Dodge Rams is the horrible plastic that was used for the whole dashboard as well the main part they attach to. As I have been on a time consuming adventure of finding the parts I need to fix this problem.As some will know people on Ebay are robbing people for the main piece that nothing more then plastic which at best weights maybe 10lbs charging over $400 just in shipping cost.
I myself found a decent one in local junk yard but did the stupid and dropped the daughter trunk lid on it so that killer $40 dollar deal when to piecesbut I have found another truck that i will be going to look at tomorrow. The only thing I do have to make sure of with this dash is that the 98 puts the air bag switch on the bottom side of the dash where the 99 has it located on the top. They look the same but I just need to make sure they will match up size wise. The truck actually looks go but the motor is seized up. I am going to ask if it was a oil issue or from sitting? I'm not real fond of 4x4 but if its worth it. I may just buy the truck as a whole and see if It maybe can be a matter of just soaking the motor and getting it to crank or do a junk yard motor and replace it? If my daughter is onboard doing this. This may become a another truck to fix to drive and I just will continue my hunt for another dash. We will see.
 

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Good luck on the hunt. Too bad the “deal” you had got smashed. I would want to cry and cuss at the same time. They’re hard to find, but not impossible.
 

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Try LMC Truck.

If you get on original dash out of a junker, you'll have the same problems as the one you're replacing. The new upper dash pad I bought from the dealer probably 10 years ago is holding up much better than the factory one did in my 2001.

You're going to pay more for shipping because of size not weight.
 

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Good luck on the hunt. Too bad the “deal” you had got smashed. I would want to cry and cuss at the same time. They’re hard to find, but not impossible.
I agree. Its hard enough to find a dash main that broken in one way or another. I believe if anything, it will take little to no modification to make this work. Mainly the right side where they removed the 12 volt charger to replace with air bag key and making the old spot a storage spot. I can't get a real good idea since that part is pretty much toast on the truck I have. Yeah i did want to cry and scream but it was my own fault for just letting it go.lol but can't cry over spilled milk as they say.
 

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Try LMC Truck.

If you get on original dash out of a junker, you'll have the same problems as the one you're replacing. The new upper dash pad I bought from the dealer probably 10 years ago is holding up much better than the factory one did in my 2001.

You're going to pay more for shipping because of size not weight.
Nobody including LMC makes this part unfortunately. This part is your main bottom and air bag part with framing around for the top and bezel to attach to. I will be getting the top part from LMC because I believe they have a better product. I have the bezel already.
As to length affecting cost. That holds some truth but I have had things shipped around the same with even a little more weight ship at a better price. I have noticed over the years seller abusing this method to put a little more cash in their pocket at the buyers. I could see cost if it included the metal frame but not for just plastic.
 

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some sell what i would call garbage

LMC & Geno'sGarage sell a better product

check out this company, i believe that they sell a quality product
 

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I see some keep going back to the top cover/dash. What I am getting or trying is whats below that. This is the main dash from the lower to the top with the part you put the instrument cluster . This is no longer available to buy other then finding a donor truck with one that at least 90% there. I have some pictures showing what I mean. The dash cover it's self screws into it, then you can attach the bezel to that. Last picture is the donor dash that I am going to go see tomorrow. All along the top is gone on mine. This one has one spot that is cracked all the way through by the air control that I will epoxy and cut a piece of metal to attach behind for added strength.

The only thing is that you have to remove this very gentle or it's game over and back to looking. You would think even though it cheap plastic, it would be in better shape being hidden from the sun but nope, its just as brittle. Everything bolts to this even the air bag and glove compartment hinges on this piece frame. Basically this is the whole bottom piece up to the top. I'm just not sure what is the name since its a part of the dash over all. You have three parts. Dash top, bezel and main. The truck has a frozen motor but I am almost attempted for the right price by the whole truck. I'm just not fond of 4x4 due to cost if transmission or transfer case if they are bad but don't know their condition? The truck its self doesn't look bad at all but you can tell the bed was replaced because the truck is blue and the bed is white like mine.
 

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My son just went through this. Have to say, the kid is good at doing this tedious crap......as long as it doesn’t involve a stereo.
 

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MY A/C evap core and fan are not working. I asked 2 different shops to replace them and both said no. Claiming that the dash breakes to easy and they don't want to touch it.
I ordered the evap core, heater core and new blower motor with fan from Rockauto and will be replacing them myself.
The crazy idea I have is to not put the factory dash back in. I am a wookworker and will try and build a custom dash with a all new Autometer gauges. Will be interesting to say the least, but I'm willing to try. Will start a build thread as I progress through the project.
 

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MY A/C evap core and fan are not working. I asked 2 different shops to replace them and both said no. Claiming that the dash breakes to easy and they don't want to touch it.
I ordered the evap core, heater core and new blower motor with fan from Rockauto and will be replacing them myself.
The crazy idea I have is to not put the factory dash back in. I am a wookworker and will try and build a custom dash with a all new Autometer gauges. Will be interesting to say the least, but I'm willing to try. Will start a build thread as I progress through the project.
Excited to see what you can come up with. If someone doesn’t start making these, this kind of stuff will be the only option.
 
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