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Removing Door Panels

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Doschev, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. Doschev

    Doschev

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    I need to remove the front and rear door panels to get access to my speakers.

    Any advice from someone that has done this? Is there a tool that makes this easy?

    Thanks
     
  2. tucker74

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    Just remove the screws (under arm rests & handles) and it pops off fairly easily - start at one corner of the bottom and work your way across and then up. Once the catches are out (be careful not to damage) - just lift the whole panel and it will come out of the window track.

    Tucker
     
  3. Boom7750

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    Doschev...the "arm rest" pads and the power-window control panels both pop off. No tools needed, other than maybe a fine flat-blade to get things started. Once off, remove the screws Tucker mentioned. There are 4 screws per side...2 under the arm pad, one where the grab rail attaches to the upper door, and a small one that holds the trim for the inside door-opener handle.
    Carefully work your way around the door to pop out the quick-fasteners, then gently slide the loose door panel sideways to clear one corner (you'll see what I mean) from under the b-pillar frame.
    Last, disconnect all wiring harnesses...2 on the DS, 3 on the PS.
    Just did it yesterday myself...still couldn't get the speakers to fit! Anybody interested in a new pair of Eclipse, front and rear??? Cheap.
    HIH,
    John
     
  4. tucker74

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    John,

    What couldn't you get to fit? Just used some 1/4" spacers and longer screws to mount the Eclipse right in the front factory hole (see my post in 80 FAQ) - the back takes a little more mod...but I was able to use the factory grills front and back.

    Tucker
     
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    Tucker...This is not so much an indictment of the speakers or the process, but of my patience and ability. Thx for the tip on the 1/4" spacers. I was trying 5.5" x 1/2"...not even close. Decided just to button everything back up...Hell, I'm half deaf anyway, wtf do I need good sounds for anyway?!
    John