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  1. 318i E36 1997 need help with fiberglassing Dash 
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    Has anyone yet took out there dash out and made a new one? I'm now on my next prodject wich is fiberglass dashboard. I'm in need to do this as bmw did not want my car to have larger front speakers.
    i'll be fiber glassing inner doors too.
    i'm thinking of making my own shape and size by reducing the width by about 1"-2" so the dash does not touch door or now the speaker.
    at the moment the speakers are fine but getting worried that they wil get damaged after time.(and i don't want to move them as i love where they are lol)
    if you have a 318i or a simular setting with dash to door you'll know wat i meen(i have seen a lot of other bmw's with same setting)
    so any info and help would be great
     
     

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    if I've understood this right, you want the gap between the inner door and the edge of the dash to be bigger.

    ...so you're complaining that the build quality and tollerances are *too* good..?

    Seems like a moot point, though? If you're planning to put in your own dash and door panels, what difference does it make what they look like now? Or do you mean you'll be fibreglassing over the existing plastic? (in whcih case for gods sake make sure your wiring is all 100% first because you'll never get back there to check it afterwards)

    If you're good with fibreglass (as in - alpine demo cars good) then great, go for it. If you're not...I've got horrible horrible visions.

    Keep us updated on your progress!
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    My original dash has been smoothed and painted and I'll never have issues to getting behind is as everything is as it was

    Fabricating a complete new dash and door cards will be a massive job but if you have the ability then the end product will be amazing

    I pity you/passengers though if the vehicle is in an accident... They'll smash it to bits
     
     

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    iv never done this but have watched my installer build dashboards , there is a lot of work involved in doing this modification but the end result is fantastic.
    but be sure to incorporate the strengthening bars that protect you in case of an accident they are there for a reason not just for show but good luck with it keep us informed with progress pictures.
     
     

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    hi guys cheers what i might do is take it to a person who can make my dashboard for me and install it. on the drivers side underneath i'm going to try to have a 2 parts of dash like i have the moment but use a clip on method.
    i'm not saying the build quality is too good it's just not built for bigger front speakers lol.
    this will be a 100% compleate new dash no fiberglassing over dash then i'll be spraying it a nice green same with doors. also anyone know a website where i can get green carpeting for my boot? cheers.
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    Sounds like an awesome project and I for one will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for lots of photos

    I'd hate to think how much it's gonna cost for someone else to do it. The time that goes into it is unbelievable, I wouldn't be surprised if the dash alone works it's way up to 3-4 grand.

    Please keep us posted
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    Sounds like an awesome project and I for one will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for lots of photos

    I'd hate to think how much it's gonna cost for someone else to do it. The time that goes into it is unbelievable, I wouldn't be surprised if the dash alone works it's way up to 3-4 grand.

    Please keep us posted
    well i'm hoping my best mate's girlfriends dad can do it for cheap but i gotta ask him when i see wich is never of late.
    but heres the problem in the pic look to where i sanded down too much to fit the speakers in wich slightly touch the dash i'll get pics of inside the car tomorro its too dark now.
     
     

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    Did you consider mounting the speaker lower down?

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/album....2&pictureid=34
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    Did you consider mounting the speaker lower down?

    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/album....2&pictureid=34
    yeah did do but... got lazy and found it easyer not to put the fusion wiring in untill the fiber glassing lol.... i had thought about it and keep the kenwoods where they wasbut as allways... i bodged it as i'm getting rod of doors.
    cheers for the advice though A20 RYM you seem nice and helpfull
     
     

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    just relised thats your door.. wow! i want give me now! damn nice man!
    OMG WHAT A BOOT! your car is amazing!
    i feel like a kid in a sweety shop!
     
     

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