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Wood/carbon fibre/aluminum trim dash kits

Just wanted to put in the good word for Mike at
Joshua Tree. His site is and I am
really happy with his service and the kit. I will
install it tomorrow and let you know how it went.
Looks pretty simple if you follow the directions
and take your time. I found some cheaper kits on
the web, but Mike's are really well made and come
with a guarantee. No laser marks or cheap flat
pieces. I think he can make a kit for just about
any make so check it out if you are interested. I
am not affiliated with their business - so this is
a genuine recommendation


  • jackfactorjackfactor Posts: 25
    It was easy but nerve racking. I suggest that if you do not have steady hands, to find someone who does. I read that if you have a ziebart in your town they will do it for a nominal cost. I did it myself and it really makes my luxury car look even more luxurious. Be careful, you only have one shot once the tape backing is removed. I followed the directions to a tee so don't take any shortcuts. Definitley worth the $200 I spent to do it!
  • md2002md2002 Posts: 142
    I recently had a local shop order me a wood kit for my 2000 4RUNNER. The company who makes it is Woodview. You can see them @

    I had them install it for me. Time just wasn't something I had alot of, plus I wasn't comfortable installing it (alot of parts). But the finished results are spectacular. It is not real wood, but it gets alot of comments from friends and the dealer who sold me my 4RUNNER.

    I went with English Burlwood for me tan interior.

    Good luck. I also did look at Joshua tree, but I wanted to have it installed for me.
  • ljuiiljuii Posts: 6
    I've been considering a kit on a Mustang Convert. w/ Parchment (Tan) interior. Anybody do a Mustang yet? Also, does anybody know who supplies "molded" kits? I've found plenty of flat kits, but not many molded.
  • geo21geo21 Posts: 4
    I am in the trim business and I'm not aware of any manufacturer that offers a "molded" kit for the Mustang.

    Keep in mind though, that even flat kits can be applied to some curved surfaces (within reason of course)if you carefully heat them prior to application. It is critical that the surface has been thoroughly cleaned (with alcohol) and that you use "adhesive promotor" to enchance the bonding.

    It takes some skill and care, but it can often be done.

  • rprimorprimo Posts: 1
    Just got my 2000 SR5 4Runner and would like to install a wood dash kit. I have come across many web sites and was hoping I could get some advice on which companies make a top of the line product.Email me if you like. [email protected]
  • geo21geo21 Posts: 4
    There are several of kits made for the 4Runner both in synthetic "Wood" (light or dark burl) or in real rosewood or walnut burl. There are also "factory match" kits available (should your 4Runner have some factory wood in it already), and carbon fiber for that high-tech look.

    If you'd like some more info, you are welcome to e-mail me at [email protected]

  • lmc18lmc18 Posts: 32
    I just bought a 2000 Infiniti G20t with some wood trim around the gear shift. I think it looks great and want to finish the rest with a match. I looked at the Joshua tree site and it seems they have it for a reasonable price. But I am concerned about installing it myslef. I am pretty careful with stuff like this but don't want to screw it up. How long does it take? Did all the pieces fit perfectly without a need to "force" them into place? Does anyone know the lifespan of the trim? Will really hot weather, high humidity or cold weather affect it?
  • Hi!
    Don't worry too much! The recent innovation of the glue is great! As long as you are not in the coldest climate, you'll do just fine.
    When you get the kit, make sure there is no scratch on any of the parts. Then inspect for dry fit. (Put all the parts where they go without removing the backing) They should fit perfectly, if not, a slight sandpaper should do a trick. (But do not sand the surface of the trim! Just the sides!)
    If applying on to the curved surface, lightly force it to meet that curve. (Don't over do it and crack the thin wood film) If that curve is so intense, a hair dryer blow will do the job.
    If you need to drill a hole for let's say a security LED, press the part against it so that it leaves a mark of that LED location, and drill the hole from the back side of the part, at slow rpm. Once everything is in place, (dry fitted)
    clean the surface with the included wet towel
    (alcohol) to clean the surface where the glue is going to attach VERY WELL! If you have any of the chemical stuff such as Armorall or something, it will either not stick and ruin the glue, or won't last as long... This is really important.
    Then remove only 1/3 of the backing from the piece and apply to the surface. Just a small amount of opening is fine. Once you fix the position, slide the rest of the backing slowly, and press and hold against the surface for a while until it seems to hold on to the surface on it's own. The piece applied to the curved surface, the longer you might want to press and hold. Repeat for all parts. I recommend the window tinting if it's not illegal in your area to keep the direct sun light off from them. Hot and humid shouldn't affect the parts as much as the direct sun light which could fade the plastic color...(Seen the back plastic window of Open cars? Yap, got the picture...)
    Overnight it at the cool place and you are done!
    The key is how well you clean the surface before applying the pieces.
  • lmc18lmc18 Posts: 32
    Thanks for all the advice. You sound like a pro. Do you do this for a living or something? Did you install some in your car? If so, where did you buy it from?
  • geo21geo21 Posts: 4
    nowayjose is absolutely right. The most critical part is to make sure that the surfaces that you are applying the kit to are completly clean and dry. A clean towel/cloth and rubbing alcohol will do it. If you ever had armorall or any similar products applied to the dash, clean it several times! While most quality kits should have UV inhibitors in the resin, window tint wouldn't hurt, but unless you are in severe sunlight most of the time, I wouldn't worry too much.

    Pieces to be applied to curved surfaces, are easier to apply if warm (hair dryer carefully not to overheat the piece), simply leave in the sun on the inside of the windshield for a few minutes, and they'll soften enough to "wrap" nicely to the surface being applied to. If the surface is "porous" like softer/padded plastic surfaces, you should utilize "adhesive promoter" (usually supplied with the kit)to ensure goof adhesion.

    Then just take you time and enjoy.
  • maximamaxima Posts: 19
    go to and look at the real aluminum trim they look way better than woodtrim(well maybe wood looks better in a buick) but the demo pic of the maxima looks awsome!
  • I just had the kit installed in my 2000 Avalon and am pleased with the results. I paid my local trim shop $40. bucks to do the job correctly and it was money well spent.

    Good luck with your choice.....
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    What a price. Dealer wanted $550 for 12 piece Camry kit.
  • I have a 1998 4Runner with the Toyota installed wood grain dash, the top portions of it are all beginning to fade, has anyone experienced this problem, I suspect I must protect it from direct sun exposure, what a pain that will be.
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    Do you use a window sun shade?
    Also have you added tint to your front windows. They have good uv block. If you do these two things you will do better. Does your car sit out all day? Out at home also?
  • I have not added tint and I do not use a sun shade, the truck sits at the train station all day, the dealer said they would replace under warranty, after that I will follow your advice, I stupidly assumed that the finish on the wood dash would have a UV block in it.
  • Thanks
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    You are welcome. I always advise folks to use a simple reflector shade for long term parking. Heat is less, UV is reduced and plastics last longer. People think I am obsessive but then again my cars look pretty good and get top dollar at sale.
    I am waiting on my Joshua Tree dash to arrive. I assumed they were in Colorado and ordered UPS ground. Noticed on UPS scan that origin is San Diego. I hope this thing did not come from China.
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    Just put in the kit for my Camry. 1/4th the price of Toyota kit and more pieces. Fits perfect and more pieces. The only way to go. Not for the timid installer. ONce on it stays folks.
    Looks great. Thanks to posters who told me about the site.
  • mike_542mike_542 Posts: 128
    This is regarding tomp4runner's wood trim questions (topic #15 of 22):

    inky's suggestions are great, but their is more to add. I reccomend using wood protectant products such as Lemon Pledge. It works great on my '00 and '01 BMW 540i and X5's factory wood trim.
  • tronsrtronsr Posts: 46
    Just installed my 26 piece med. Walnut burl Wood dash Kit in my 2001 Ford Escape. Purchased same from AAA Exotic Wood Dash thru E Bay for 110.00 plus 5.00 shipping.
    For those of you with "NO PATIENCE" forget it.It took me about 2 3/4 hours. You first have to apply lacquer thinner with a Q Tip or small cotton ball, then clean off with alcohol, then apply the prep, then apply the wood dash piece.You have to be very careful not to get any of the lacquer thinner or prep on any area other than for where it is intended.
    The final product looks great and it was worth it to me to do my own, as I do have patience for that type of detail, however; make sure you take your time and it must be in a warm area plus a blow dryer helps when applying the kit.Once you apply it, you can't slide it around to the proper area...It has to be right "the first time".
  • If you are looking for something different, I just put a bronze dash kit in my wifes 2000 Sienna. It looks great with the taupe and black interior. Wood dash kits are nice for the older crowd but I like the metal and carbon finishes. Not many of the dash makers sell the bronze. I got mine from The price was better than any one the others I checked out.
  • joe166joe166 Posts: 401
    Thank you for your most informative post on wood dash kits. It was very interesting. I hope your communications with the dealers was more direct and intelligible. Perhaps that might explain their unwillingness to work with you.
  • Somehow my last message on this subject did not get posted or it was removed. Perhaps a software glitch in applying the hew format. Here I go again. I own a 2000 Alero and am considering putting a wood dash, etc. on the car. However, the sites I have looked at have a host of differences and I am perplexed as to which is the best and what I should be concerned about. The sites I have looked at are,,, and, Can someone give me some guidance so I can have some confidence that I am making the right choice. Thank you.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    From what I have seen there are only a few makers of these kits, which are sold by a lot of different companies. Check out Ebay too. The kit I purchased from Custom Auto Trim was of good quality. I do wish that a few of the parts were a little larger. Went on easy and matched the factory wood look.
  • I purchased a 15 piece kit from Exotic Wood Dash and Trim, but the pieces provided for the two rear doors didn't come close to fitting, so couldn't use them, and the passenger door control piece fit terrible, and looks terrible as a result. I called the company and basically was told "that is how we make them, and don't have any replacements". Bottom line, 12 out of 15 pieces worked well, but it cost me a lot for 12 good pieces.

  • shehzadshehzad Posts: 52
    anyone know a good place to buy a wood gearshift knob for a 1999 xj8? I really hate the plastic knob, but the dealers prices for the knobs are almost $200.00, which seems kind of steep.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    That sounds about right considering that you have a real wood shifter. The split Nappa leather/burl walnut shifter on my vehicle had an MSRP of CDN$365.

    Try for real wood gear shift knobs. They sell a generic shifter (your choice of burlwood, mahogany, or rosewood) for just under $96.

    Hope this helps!

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  • shehzadshehzad Posts: 52
    Thanks Drew, I emailed them and am just waiting for a response.
  • devoredevore Posts: 39
    I'm wondering if anyone has any experience removing a trim kit after it's been applied.

    I ordered a metallic dash trim kit to be installed with my new 2001 Civic. A day after I picked up the car, I realized that the installed trim (which is metallic with a "gold" hue) doesn't match the standard trim (which is metallic with a "silver" hue) around the stick, and on the door handles. So right now if I look at the inside of my car, I can see trim that's gold-hued, and trim that's silver-hued - yuck.

    Honda apparently has realized that people would make the mistake I did, and they are releasing a "sliver" hued dash trim kit. My dealer has offered to remove the old trim kit and install the new one for free.

    But is it possible to remove these things without damaging the dash? I'd rather have the silver trim kit, but not if the dealer has to damage the dash in any way to remove the gold one.

    I've looked at the installation instructions for the trim kits and both use an adhesive backing to apply the part.

    Thanks for any info!
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