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Topic # 50100 22-Nov-2009 09:33
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Hi folks, oddball question which hopefully someone will know...

I'm after the blank / placeholder switch (button?) panels that are found in most cars.. I'm not sure what they're officially called so my Google-foo is completely failing me.

Basically, you will often have a set of 3 - 4 buttons somewhere in your car - for example a switch to turn on the front spotlights, and usually only 1 or 2 of the slots are actually in-use and have switches installed.. the rest are filled with a blank placeholder (presumably for if more switches/whatever are needed later).

So I want to know - a) what the heck are they called? and b) where does one source these?

Any help is greatly appreciated.




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  Reply # 275107 22-Nov-2009 09:47
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Have you tried a wrecker?




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  Reply # 275118 22-Nov-2009 10:17
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Not yet - was hoping it would be a fairly standard generic part available off shelf somewhere. I see often alarm installers drill a hole in them to mount the LED. (I have a similar plan in mind for mounting some other gear, but don't want to start drilling holes until I know I can get a replacement).




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RedJungle: Not yet - was hoping it would be a fairly standard generic part available off shelf somewhere. I see often alarm installers drill a hole in them to mount the LED. (I have a similar plan in mind for mounting some other gear, but don't want to start drilling holes until I know I can get a replacement).


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  Reply # 275147 22-Nov-2009 12:48
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I bought a bag of plastic caps from DSE a while back - I use them to fill in holes that I drill that I no longer need to be a hole. Usually works quite well. Also handy is getting some grommets - helps to "fit" items like LED's into the hold without moving about too bad ... can also be useful for when you are routing cable through something that may end up with jaggy edges.

However ... in terms of the blank plates - wreckers or auto parts store would be the check. I assume that they will also depend on the make of car ...

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