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Old 10-28-2015
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Default Replacing Dash in an '02

I am in the market for a new dash for my 3500, and wanted a little feedback from any of you who have replaced yours. I am leaning towards the LMC Truck replacement because I don't want to paint the dash. But then the Musselman Distributing has a lifetime warranty on theirs, but it has to be painted.... Oh, and Musselman and Plastic Parts Inc are the same company because I called them both and the same woman answered the phone and I asked her..... There is just something I don't like about buying something like that and having to paint it, so I'm thinking the LMC is looking good about now.

Anyway, have any of you replaced your dash with either of the two companies above and if so.... How was the fitment, the color (mines Agate) and how much of a pain was it to attach the ducting from underneath the panel? I have everything all open and loose due to having to replace my heater core, so I just need to unscrew two screws that I put back in to hold the top in place and loosen the bottom two bolts and steering column to tilt the dash back to put a new on....

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Oops, can a moderator please move this to the non-drivetrain... Sorry about that....
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LMC is a good product. Just got done doing one in our 03. However your in for a big job and not something that can be done on a Sunday afternoon with a beer in one hand. The 2nd gens the entire dash assembly has to come out and set on a garage floor. Best to search on YouTube for a video on a how to. Takes me a solid ten to twelve hours to do one and few cuss words.
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Agree with Maxtorq. I wanted to do mine when the heater core leaked and decided against it seeing how stupidly hard it was. I guess not hard just way time consuming. Most people remove the front seats and everything to remove the dash. Also I do suggest if you do decide to do it buy a heater core too and just replace it at the same time. The dash has to come almost completely out for a heater core change too. I just ended up tossing a dash mat over it and said yay. Its a work truck. When i decide to restore then maybe. But when that time comes i will rip everything out and dynamat the floors and everything. Good luck.
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I went with the LMC and got the Agate or dark gray and it matched up pretty good. I think if I use some mothers detailing cleaner it would not really be noticeable at all. As far as the fitment went, it fix exactly and everything lined up perfectly, no complaints at all.... I just tilted the dash back into the seat and went to town.... The only parts that were an issue were the vent screws on the driver side, only because the dash doesn't come back as far as it does on the passenger side. I didn't want to disconnect everything but once I dropped the steering column down it came back enough to get my big ol' hands back there at the base of the windshield. A short stubby screw driver would have worked great but naturally I couldn't find mine, so I had to wrestle with a standard size one. Once all that was finished, reinstalling everything else was a cake walk.....

I would strongly recommend LMC dashes to anyone replacing theirs.... Its more work than those dash caps you glue on, but its well worth it....
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I'm glad Max says he takes 10 to 12 hrs. Some act like they're such great mechanics that the dash jumps in & out by itself & only takes a couple of hours. They probably leave a few screws out or something.
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Thanks for the insight!! This is a project that I need to do this year!! All tips and advise is welcomed!!!

Heater Core- Who makes the better one??
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I'm glad Max says he takes 10 to 12 hrs. Some act like they're such great mechanics that the dash jumps in & out by itself & only takes a couple of hours. They probably leave a few screws out or something.
Older the dash more care is involved so that we don't bust other stuff while in there.
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There are many tutorials that show up. One option is o chea and replace part of the metal heater core inlet & outlet tubes with 5/8 heater hose. This lets you just pull the pass side back without removing the entire heater box or dash. You also don't discharge the AC. A diadvantage is that you can't clean he built up crap from the box.

Another possible strategy is to loosen the bolt in the engine compartment that holds the heater box in. This lets you skip cutting the heater core tubes & not use heater hose. This also lets you not discharge the AC but you still don't get to clean the leaves & crap.

You might want to look up "heater treater" and deal with the blend door actuator and clean & reseal the box if you decide to follow the factory procedure.

Buy an LMC dash if you pull the dash out.
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I used the glue down one and it looked awesome. I have another glue down with a small crack next to the vent on the passenger side (gray) that I want to give to anyone who is interested. But I'm in CT
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