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    I'm sorry, and you are....? frodobaggins's Avatar
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    *sigh* I always miss the good ones.

    This looks great !
    Good job man.

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    Lookimg Good man! I am going to try and talk my brother into doing an install in his 325 (My old car). I am currently designing something for my ///M5.

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    Got an M5? Cool, the E39 M5 is one of the possible replacers for my current 'dayly' car. But that will have to wait for at least 2 years.

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    Just checked the pictures, and damn that thing is low ... Beautiful car, beautiful install, I am officially green with envy!
    [Insert witty comment here]

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    I've updated my website. I made it easier to navigate through the pictures, and I made the pictures a bit smaller, to reduce download times, and to make sure the pics fit your screen...

    enjoy!

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    @Kamo: the pictures on the site are from before I got the air suspension, so I actually drove the car that way. Right now, I still drive it that low, but when I approach an obstacle, I lift the car a little higher

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frits
    @Kamo: the pictures on the site are from before I got the air suspension, so I actually drove the car that way. Right now, I still drive it that low, but when I approach an obstacle, I lift the car a little higher
    Now that's hot, wish I could do that with my car. Question about the dash. Did you do the work yourself and if so can you give tips on how you went about doing it? I can't even think up how you even started that project. Then there seemed to be a point where there was some stitching done and it even looked stock. Just a really nice look and overall hot ride.

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    I did some parts myself, but most of the things were done by someone else.

    To get started: remove the dash from the car (hell of a job!!!), remove the fan at the middle. Then cut a big piece out of the dash with a saw (electric or manual, doesn't really matter). Now make a wooden piece exactly the size of the display. Hold the piece at the place where the display should finally fit in the dashboard. Fill up everything behind the 'display' with foam. (we call it PU-foam, I don't know if it's English???) When the foam is dry and hard, use a saw to make the shape you want the dashboard to have. Finetuning can be done with a knife. After that, we took a small, rather thin, alu rail, and gave it the shape of the display. This rail is attached to the dashboard, using very strong glue. Now you're ready for the polyesther. Cover the entire newly built part (including the alu rail) with polyesther, and wait until it's dry and hard. When that's done, you should make the surface very smooth. You do this with 'putty' (don't know if this is the correct word, got it from a translate engine...), and polishing, and putty again, and polishing again, until it is very smooth. It is really important that the surface is smooth, because when it is covered with leather, you can see every tiny hole or pit or whatever. Now you bring the dashboard to a company that makes leather couches, or that covers car seats in leather. Let them cover the dashboard. Make sure they are familiar with dashboards, because the glue might come loose in some cases. A friend of mine has exactly the same dashboard, and the leather did come loose...

    When the dashboard is covered, the display just fits the foreseen hole quite tight, so no screws are needed.

    In my case, the dashboard was created for a different display. And after a while, I decided to build in a carputer. Damn, need a different display. You can see in the pictures, that there is an adapter part between the display and the actual dashboard. It was a backup solution, but I think it looks good. Now the display fits better at the side of the DVD player...

    Before you start sawing your dashboard in pieces, keep in mind that covering the dashboard in leather costs about 500 dollars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frits

    Before you start sawing your dashboard in pieces, keep in mind that covering the dashboard in leather costs about 500 dollars
    Thanks for the info and that last bit of info I was assuming. In my case I was thinking of using another color vinyl and was just wondering how you got the leather to fit the dash so flawlessly. So the foam you referred to, is it in a spray can? is it expandable?

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    Yes indeed, the foam is expandable, and in a spray can.

    Everything until the leather is rather cheap, if you're a bit handy. You can paint it instead... Than you should off course polish the entire dashboard before painting it, so it looks really smooth, in the same color as the body of the car for instance. You should be carefull not to scratch it off course, the leather is a bit 'safer'

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