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Old 02-18-2016, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. I own a 1995 Suzuki Samurai and I would like to swap/change the whole dash to give it a more modern look. Which vehicle's dash could be compatible with my Suzuki? If I had to take a guess I would say probably a Suzuki Jimny dash could do it, but I want to know what you think and if any of you has ever done it with their Suzuki? Please let me know. Thank you in advance. Salutes from Italy!
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I have done this swap in my samurai. The heater controls are different so you have to use the controls that are for the dash you want to use. All of the cables for the heater controls are the same. The dash cluster is different and has to be rewired because the plugs on the back are different. other than that it will bolt right in.
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I have done this swap in my samurai. The heater controls are different so you have to use the controls that are for the dash you want to use. All of the cables for the heater controls are the same. The dash cluster is different and has to be rewired because the plugs on the back are different. other than that it will bolt right in.
Hello, thanks for your reply can you tell me which exact dashboard did you use?? Model and year?? Thank you in advance for your help!
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This one was easy for me to get that newer look. I went from a 1988 dash to your current dash. The after comparing the Jimny dash it is close the same width roughly it just mounts differently. With some time and patience you could get it in there though. I have also heard of guys running tracker dashes, they are a tight fit and really tight with the doors on.
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Hello. I own a 1995 Suzuki Samurai and I would like to swap/change the whole dash to give it a more modern look.
Seems a lot of work for a modern look.

I barely remember a Samurai that had a dash from a Ford car but I barely remember it except the truck was a show truck.

Whatever dash is used I would expect to cut it to fit so I would pick one based on its looks. I would think of installing airbags too.
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This one was easy for me to get that newer look. I went from a 1988 dash to your current dash. The after comparing the Jimny dash it is close the same width roughly it just mounts differently. With some time and patience you could get it in there though. I have also heard of guys running tracker dashes, they are a tight fit and really tight with the doors on.
I was opting for a tracker dash as well, but it so difficult to find them especially here where I live. I still haven't find a Jimny dash either. have to keep looking, and searching for different options as well! If you have any other ideas please tell me, thank you so much for your help so far!
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Seems a lot of work for a modern look.

I barely remember a Samurai that had a dash from a Ford car but I barely remember it except the truck was a show truck.

Whatever dash is used I would expect to cut it to fit so I would pick one based on its looks. I would think of installing airbags too.
Hello. Thank you for your reply! So you think "any" dash could do it but it has to be cut so it could fit? Hmm. I will look into Ford dashes and see what I can find about that. I was opting for the installation of airbags as well, that would be great. How much do you think it would cost me to install airbags if they are not included with the new dash I would purchase?
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I went from a 1988 dash to your current dash.
To clarify what part went into what; You have a 1988 Samurai (USA model) and installed a dash from a 1995 Samurai. Is that correct?

Would you upload a picture of the dash, please?
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So you think "any" dash could do it but it has to be cut so it could fit? Hmm.
What I think is that there are talented craftsman out there who, when paid enough, can modify and install an existing dash into a vehicle. Or metal fabricators who can make a metal dash that is weather/ water resistant. Or fiberglass craftsman who could build a custom dash.


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I was opting for the installation of airbags as well, that would be great. How much do you think it would cost me to install airbags if they are not included with the new dash I would purchase?
As for cost it depends on your location. I am in Los Angeles, CA, USA but I suspect your location is not USA.

The local LKQ salvage yard prices airbags at $44. And the sensor $21. A dash is $105.

The steering wheel airbag won't require a new dash. Just replace the steering wheel with a newer Suzuki version with airbag and get the sensor that detects impact and triggers the airbag. I think it should be a straightforward job.

For the passenger its easiest to get a dash that was designed with passenger airbag.

Now that I am thinking about it safety would be a good reason to change the dash. I would check with insurance to see if airbags would reduce my cost to insure.


As for Ford dash I was referring to a custom Samurai I saw for sale in LA. Wish I had saved a picture of it. I really know nothing of it nor am I really sure it was a ford dash. Key word is custom.

I never heard of the Jimny until your question prompted me to do some research and imagining "what if". I suspect it may be the easiest starting point.
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