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Need Info on Roadster Door Panel Removal

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by JohnGarziglia, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. JohnGarziglia

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    I would like to remove the inside door panels on my 2.5 to install sound deadening. Do I just use a panel separator and the panel is held on by clips or are there hidden screws or other fasteners? Should I buy new clips in advance because some will break? Any description of how to remove the Roadster door panel is much appreciated
     
  2. dhrivnak

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    My experience is with a 1.5 and I also helped HCSharp and he has a 2.0 or 2.5 and it was the same procedure. For that you do not need any special tools. The chrome on the handle pops off and there are two (8 mm I believe) bolts that need to be removed. Then on the top right and bottom edge of the fabric/leather you have to bend it back to find two more additional bolts (8mm I believe) then the door panel will come off. There are about 5 plastic caps/fasteners that hold the door on besides the 4 bolts. There are also wires for the speakers and windows/locks that have to be unplugged but that is straight forward. It was uncomfortable the first time I did it and was fortunate as I had a Ranger watching me. I say this as bending the leather panel back to gain access to the screws was a bit scary but be gentle and all should work out. Once the screws are out it does take a bit of force to pull the plastic fasteners again I was worried I might break something but then just as my worry reach the top of anxiety the panel separated off with no problem.
     
  3. JohnGarziglia

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    Thank you so much. This is exactly the information I needed. Much appreciated.
     
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    :scared:wow that sounds scary!!!!

    Reston is only about 60mi from Crofton ....... huummmm ....... Hey John need some help??
     
  5. JohnGarziglia

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    Thanks. I am on the last part of a long-term squeak, rattle, sound-deadening project with my Roadster. I hope to post something soon. For sound-deadening, since I have the 2.5, I already have the Tesla noise reduction in the cabin so my approach to sound-deadening has been to explore other areas of the vehicle in which sound-deadening material might make a difference in some of the noise made when going over bumps. The doors are actually the last remaining thing I have to do. I am not sure if additional sound-deadening in the doors will help as I assume there is already some in there, although knocking in the middle of the outside of each door, the panels sound pretty hollow. But there is also a nasty air leak that comes through the inside door release handle in the cold weather I would like to try to find a way to seal.
     
  6. JohnnyLounge21

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    Bubbling with anticipation on how this last phase of the long-term squeak, rattle, sound-deadening project turns out! I pulled off a door panel to my GF's Jetta about a year ago - this was only to install a replacement side mirror - and I was horrified the whole time. I'd like to do everything John has done so far - I just don't know how to do it myself! Maybe I can get a freelance mechanic to do it with my while I "instruct" using all of John's details from his mission. . .

    I wish I wasn't 700 miles away from you guys! ERRRRRRRRRR!
     
  7. dhrivnak

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    Sounds like Road Trip Time! I am only 600 miles away from you :)
     

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