Aluminium Gauge Bezel with Stock Wiper Switch

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  1. Rayden2009

    Rayden2009 Member Gold Member

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    Hi! This is my first thread. I got tired of hijacking others. Anyhow, I searched this forum far and wide, and have not come to any conclusion.
    I purchased an aluminium gauge cluster off FABGUY5000, which was a really nice piece. I ordered up some Speedhut gauges, which look fantastic in my opinion. The headlight switch mounts right in just like the stock arrangement. The wiper switch is a different matter. All FABGUYS5000's bezels have an oblong oval cut out where the wiper switch mounts. The stock wiper switch actually screws into the stock plastic bezel from behind, and the opening is more rectangular.

    Below is the best image I have of what I am referring to. If I need to take more photos, I will.
    The left top opening above the light switch location is for the wiper switch.
    My question is this: What is everyone doing to mount the stock wiper switch to the aluminium bezel? I thought about glueing it to the bezel from behind, but I don't really like that idea. I thought about zip tying the switch to the light switch below, but that seems lame and flimsy.
    There must be something I am missing. Any help from others who have been down this road would be great.
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  2. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I used double sided tape on mine. It still comes loose after awhile.
     
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  3. Rayden2009

    Rayden2009 Member Gold Member

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    Hmmm. Maybe a bit of construction adhesive and clamp it down for 24 hours might do the trick. It bonds like crazy glue. Im surprised at this.
     
  4. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

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    That's a tuffy. Could you heli-arch aluminum nuts to the bezel? I'b be afraid of what the heat might do. Or, maybe drill the holes through it and find some nice looking cap nuts?
     
  5. Rayden2009

    Rayden2009 Member Gold Member

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    I thought about drilling through the front and bolting it. Don't really like that idea, id rather glue it from behind I think. Cleaner look. I don't know how to weld (yet) so thats out.
     
  6. Rayden2009

    Rayden2009 Member Gold Member

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    Here is my wiper switch, if that helps....
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  7. 8pack

    8pack Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  8. xten

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    I would try to make two plastic blocks that would attach to the switch and fit flush against the back of the gauge cluster bezel. Drill a hole in each block and attach the blocks to the switch with screws through the two mounting holes. Sand and clean the back of the aluminum. Use a two part epoxy (Norton, Fusor, SEM, etc) and glue the blocks to the aluminum. This way you could get your switch back out if it needs replaced or serviced. just remove the screws.
     
  9. Rayden2009

    Rayden2009 Member Gold Member

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    Wow, that is a great idea. I think i'm going to try that. I will post my results when complete.

    Thanks!
     
  10. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    Im with xten. That's how the other gauge panels come that are like yours. Glue them on. I've used 3m epoxy on aluminum and it holds tight.
     
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