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#1 stormtrooper

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:52 PM

Ok, I did a search the other day for the door panel removal and didn't find any easy to
follow instructions :beat:

So here is a idiots guide to removing the door panel and window winder for anyone who
is planning to remove their door cards or adjusting the windows.

If I'm covering old ground then please feel free to :beat: me :D

Part 1

First remove the screw on the side.
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Then carefully pull off this part which is attached by three plastic clips in the area arrowed,
just remember these panels are made from hard foam and can break easily so do not
force it off.
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Then remove the three plastic clips to re-use when re-fitting.
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Next remove the screw from the next panel.
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Then remove the four allen key bolts from the window winder
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Next remove the allen key bolt from the centre
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You can now start to remove the large panel from the several plastic clips that hold it
to the door, start from the back and work forward without breaking the foam panel.
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You will need to get behind the panel and pull out the two plastic screws that hold the handle guard in place.
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Part 2

Carefully remove the door panel around the door guard.
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Next twist off the handle guard.
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The door cards are held in place by six plastic clips as shown, but remember these door
cards can crack really easy if forced off.
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If nothing has broken you should be left with these pieces.
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I have decided to cover the door cards at a later date and i have put the black panels back on
so i can still use the car, I am also planning to stick the door cards back on with Velcro and
not re-using the six plastic clips.
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As far as adjusting the windows I'll leave that to someone else to explain ;)

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:57 PM

Great work Ian, have you got the windows nicely lined up with the hardtop now then :P

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:59 PM

Very Cool guide. Pics and red arrows/circles make such a huge difference Imnotworthy Will be of use to many members :grouphug: Andy

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:05 PM

Great work Ian, have you got the windows nicely lined up with the hardtop now then :P


Well sort of :blink: i did try :blink:

Fit nice and snug against the hardtop, but when i sat in the car and shut the door, put the
window down , i then found the window won't reach back up to the top unless i open the
door , wind it up some more and shut the door and it seals :beat:
But i understand this can be common effect ??

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:14 PM


Great work Ian, have you got the windows nicely lined up with the hardtop now then :P


But i understand this can be common effect ??


Can't say I had any issues when I had it on. What is it that stops the window going up when the door is shut?? :unsure:

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:15 PM

Excellent guide, it must be the season for replacing/respraying door cards and panels because i'm looking to do this very soon.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:22 PM



Great work Ian, have you got the windows nicely lined up with the hardtop now then :P


But i understand this can be common effect ??


Can't say I had any issues when I had it on. What is it that stops the window going up when the door is shut?? :unsure:



Not sure why its doing it , its only leaving about a 3mm gap, will try next weekend to solve.

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:19 AM

Excellent guide! I have the window problem too! and its so annoying when the water gets in the car during heavy rain. Look forward to seeing the guide in fixing the windows!!! :D

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 09:19 AM

Odd, I dont seem to have the screw in step 1 :blink:

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 10:26 AM

Super piece of work. Perfect timing as everyone is trying to stay dry this time of year. Mods this should go straight into the useful threads How To section please.

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:18 PM

Nice one thumbsup going to wrap my doorcards up in yellow leather soonish =]

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the comments guy's thumbsup I hope the guide helps everyone who plans to do their door cards or adjust their windows. I also managed to sort out my window problem, For some reason the window wouldn't shut right up to the top when the door was closed, I realised now that i had adjusted the tilt to high at the back :beat: Once I took the tilt off the window it went level and shut evenly I also had to adjust the window a little higher by about 3mm and 'Robert is your dads brother' it worked ! Imnotworthy One window done, one more to do :jump:

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 04:39 PM

Could anyone post steps on how to fix the window after the above steps?? Thanks so much!

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 07:27 PM

Could anyone post steps on how to fix the window after the above steps??

Thanks so much!


I have one more window to fix at the weekend, so i'll post some pictures up for you,
otherwise try a search and see what you can find.
What is the problem you have calbee ?

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 07:40 PM

Could anyone post steps on how to fix the window after the above steps??

Thanks so much!


Oddly the info is already availiable in The Useful Thread Collection

I adjusted my windows a few weeks back. It is suggested that you should adjust the "eccentric screw" thingy. I found that I could adjust the window height, and alter it front to back by adjusting the bolts outside of the waterproofing. It really is obvious once you get the trim off (THOSE BLOODY BLACK CLIPS!)

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:33 AM

There is always some aweful sound form the window, and a big gap that leaks water when it rains! poof Thanks for the guide, but pls excuss my English, I dont quite understand what exactly I have to do and where to find the screws. :beat:

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 07:36 PM

Here you go calbee - clicky for window adjustment thumbsup

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 11:30 AM

Can the door cards be removed without having to remove the entire section (ie black foam moulding) :unsure:

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 11:43 AM

Excellent & clear guide! Well done, will definately be using it once I eventually get a VX! thumbsup thumbsup

Edited by 220Wannabe, 20 October 2007 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2007 - 01:22 PM

Can the door cards be removed without having to remove the entire section (ie black foam moulding)

:unsure:

I did, but next time the door panels coming off :blink:

and don't use velcro either, the glue melts in the sun, I've only recently refitted the correct clips and managed to clean off the glue :wacko:




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