My favorite place to start customizing interiors is with the dash trim. A dash trim modification is one that is relatively easy to do, offers a lot of options, and gets the most value for the dollar on the finished product. A good dash trim modification can totally transfor the interior of your ride.
Let's look at some options, working from easiest to hardest and most expensive. You can select a vinyl dash trim kit in just about any color and finish you can think of. These dash trim kits are relatively inexpensive ranging from about $50 to $200, depending on the application and the number of pieces. These dash trim kits are a vinyl covering that attaches to the existing dash trim by adhisive on the back of the trim pieces. The vivyl kits are thin and flexible enough to contour to the vehicles interior curves, and when installed correctly with care and patience, they can really enhance the inside of your car. We have posted a section below on how to correctly install these kits.
The next type of dash trim kit is the full trim kit. These kits actually replace the existing trim pieces. They are available in a wood, carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, fiberglass, or urethane finish in a variety of colors. Full trim dash trim kits are generally more expensive, but offer show quality design, durability, and an excellent finish. These can be a little more tricky to install if you are inexperience with dash trim. Most panels in newer cars use a mixture of screws and clips to hold the dash in plae. identify the individual panels, remove all the screws, and carefully pop out each panel by releasing the holding clips.
Some have gone as far as to create custom molded dash trim kits, which are much more expensive, but offer a uniqueness and style that is truly your own. Using this method for creating dash trim kits can allow you to reposition your dash components, add gauges and gauge pods, change the head unit slot size, add speakers and speaker systems, add monitors, and create a completely custom driving experience. These modifications are not easy, and require lots of planning and fabrication to function properly. The end result is a show-stopping modification that will have you enjoying every second behind the wheel. Add this to a good set of sport seats, a custom stereo system, some accent lighting, and other auto accessories and you've got a show winner!