Recently, we’ve featured Mr. Shmuel Valency’s 2011 Kenworth W900 in our Chrome Time videos and on our Facebook fan page. One area of the truck that’s received major attention is the dash. What a lot of people may not realize is that they, too, can have a beautiful dash similar to Mr. Valency’s. Here, we give you a step-by-step blueprint for building a gorgeous dash without overspending.
The biggest change we made to this dash was to add Grand General’s plastic wood-look dash panel covers. These glossy stickers cover your existing dash panels and create an incredible illusion of real wood. They’re super easy to install. Just clean your dash with rubbing alcohol, allow it to dry, then peel and stick these panels!
Total $$ this stage: $55.96
Bonus splurge: Add the wood-look glove box cover for an additional $28.99.
After stage one, your dash should already be dramatically different. It might even be a radical enough change that you don’t want to add anything else. HAHA, who am I kidding? There’s never enough chrome! So, your next move is to add some chrome gauge bezels. The shiny chrome will really set off the wood panels you installed in stage one.
Total $$ this stage: $80.33
By now, your dash should be looking downright incredible. At this stage, you’re ready to add some of the more subtle chrome pieces. They may seem insignificant at first, but once you add them, you’ll be glad you did.
Total $$ this stage: $86.38
Bonus Splurge: Replace the ugly stock vent surround on the passenger side with this chrome replacement surround for $27.99.
If you’re not looking to invest a lot of money in your dash, you can stop at this point. The other changes we made to Mr. Valency’s truck (steering wheel, gear shift knob) are high-dollar changes that might not be up your alley. But if they are, go for it! The more chrome, the merrier. The new style Kenworth dash is very easy to dress up. The great folks at our manufacturers have done an excellent job coming up with pieces that pack a lot of punch for low cost.