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Old 05-10-2019, 02:50 PM
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Hello good people. Anyone tried the 928 motorsports dash cap yet? I was told it would be a waste of time and money, but still hoping it's been tried. Thanks again.
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The problem with such products is warpage over time, so unfortunately you won't get a realistic review for a couple of years at best. The double whammy is when you go to remove the cap after it's all warped, the glue will destroy what was left of your original dash. This may not seem like a big deal if your dash is really really trashed already. We have seen such covers used to hide a small crack or two and once removed the dash was destroyed.

Here is what happened to my 87. You can see the cover is warped up by the vents (common area) and close inspection after I got the cover off reveled the "before" condition was a couple of cracks up by the vents. But now this is what I have to deal with. I'd been better off had the previous owner never installed the cover. I used a LOT of heat to melt the glue to try and save whatever was underneath.

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read you story but 928 motorsports said theirs are not supposed to warp. I guess no one has tried it yet? maybe install it without any glue? Dash is trash as it is.

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FWIW, the original wasn't supposed to warp either.

The original construction has a thin foam layer covered by a formed vinyl layer. Failure modes include shrinking/cracking vinyl and shrinking/cracking foam. Hard to decide which happens first, because by the time we decide to do something we find that they are both shrunken and cracked. Adding something over the existing shrunken and cracked materials is a band-aid over a festering wound. Yes, you won't see the damage underneath for a while, but during that while the damage underneath expands and deepens. Eventually the band-aid is no longer supported correctly, and it too starts to crack and shrink. Exactly how long the 'while' and 'eventually' last in months or years is really the question. If you are looking for a limited period and won't be disappointed when the underneath damage shows through, a cap is probably a good idea. Else ship the dash and pod pieces to a good trim specialist and get a ten- to twenty-year life expectancy.

As always, a lot depends on how you use and store the car. If either includes heat and sunlight, the life expectancy of all the interior bits needs an adjustment downward.
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Thank you Dr bob and hacker. I understand what both of you are saying. I think I'll go with the pre-sewn. kit from 9 leather and install it myself.
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I tried it. Didn’t glue it in. The dash cap really didn’t line up well with the PS AC hole that goes to the door. With the pod cover, it’s to tight to easily raise the pod. The dash cover fits nicely on one side but would not install with the pod in place. It tore while trying to install it with the pod in place. I would get a dash mat until I was ready to recover the dash.
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thanks awilli6. that's just the kind of info I was trying to get.
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