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#971546 - 05/13/13 03:35 PM Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s  
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Good morning folks!
Just got an e-mail from Dixie Monte Carlo that announced the addition of complete reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s. This might be too new for anybody to have an opinion on, but I was wondering about the quality?
Thoughts?

Here are the links:

81-88 Reproduction 4 Speaker Dash

81-88 Reproduction 2 Speaker Dash

81-88 Reproduction Factory Style Dash

Thanks,
Russ

#971570 - 05/13/13 07:21 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Hi Russ,

For a cool $1G, I'd do research to substantiate their claim that ABS plastic is really less prone to cracking with time/heat/UV exposure than PVC with a foam backing, per the OEM.

And, by the way, I've noticed that PVC dash caps don't seem as likely to crack as the original dash - maybe that's because the cap isn't directly bound to a TPU or maybe a polyether foam backing, which most likely induces a mechanical stress due to different temperatures at the interface as the ambient temperature changes.

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MAP

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#971578 - 05/13/13 08:25 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Thoughts?

For $1k, there's many other things I'd want to do to my car first. smile

Glad to see that more reproduction parts are being made, but that price needs to come down at least $500 in my opinion.



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#971579 - 05/13/13 08:52 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Also glad to see the aftermarket step up and give another option but you can find a few (or more) crack free dashes at that price even though I realize they are getting harder to find. If your car isn't kept outside baking in the sun or going from ice cold to steaming hot sun in flash the dash should last a good long while or at least as long as you do, IMO smile.


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#971584 - 05/13/13 09:45 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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For $1k the dashes from www.justdashes.com seems more appealing, as it is exactly as the dash was when new.
I do like the Dixie dash Idea of a 4" speaker, but not sure if the location is better for dropping in nicer 4" speakers which can have deeper magnet structures, etc, and as mentioned before, I'm not sure of the feel and durability of the ABS dash with a 'soft-coat' instead of the stock foam covering.
The Dixie 'stock dash' with a speaker bottom mount, I hate; due to poor sound, non-stock appearance, and near impossible to reach the speakers once in place.


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#971585 - 05/13/13 10:00 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Hi Folks,

I think this is a case of the vendor charging what they think the market will bear. That $1k dash probably has a few dollars worth of plastic in it at most. Granted that the vendor has to amortize die development cost and to absorb overhead such as freight and packaging, but even so, I think the cost is much too high: I agree with SS Ninja that there are about a hundred things on the car that are more deserving of serious investment dollars than that, and especially when a good cap can get you about 95% of the way there cosmetically at much lower cost.

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MAP

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#971605 - 05/14/13 01:18 AM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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pretty damm cool to see that somebody has come out with another option for our cars. I hear what some are saying about the price and what not, but some people would rather have the complete repro unit than a cap...the price is a kicker though...i really like the 4-speaker style for some reason...


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#971608 - 05/14/13 01:41 AM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: 84 ZZ4]  
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Originally Posted By: 84 ZZ4

The Dixie 'stock dash' with a speaker bottom mount, I hate; due to poor sound, non-stock appearance, and near impossible to reach the speakers once in place.



werdx2 what he said..


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#971614 - 05/14/13 02:29 AM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Ok...as a builder, I don't want to see a dash by itself-I would want to see how well each style fits in an actual car.....in particular I want to see how well the AC ductwork fits around a typical aftermarket style speaker-high powered 4" speakers have a fairly robust magnet so I would be curious as to fit/finish.

And personally, for 1K, I would always prefer a closed cell foam style dash or a restored one from Just Dashes at that level, too.


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#971662 - 05/14/13 08:04 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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The speaker placement based on the reverse side pic leads me to believe that only shallow mount speakers will fit into that location.

I bought a repop dash that was made like the original with the foam and outer layer for my old 87 SS project. The outer layer was thicker than the original and some of the precision detail of the lines that go up each side and across the top were lost but the dash overall was very nice.


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#971673 - 05/14/13 11:24 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: Maverick_Monte]  
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Hi Folks,

Having said what I said, I can also appreciate the desire to go for that last 5% and eliminate any possible hint of having a cap that's hiding a compromised dash. To me, however, that last 5% isn't worth the $850 premium over a good cap, but YMMV.

Even so, I still wouldn't presume that an ABS shell is going to resist cracking better than the OEM PVC over closed-cell foam core, without doing some solid research first. Material thickness will factor into this comnsideration as well.

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MAP

#971675 - 05/14/13 11:32 PM Re: Reproduction dashes for 81-88 Monte’s [Re: MAP]  
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Well for 1k, they would have to install it for me...


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