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Old 01-25-2010, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got no interior panels above the wheel arches in the back of my Sierra, so i'm just about to go make some with some 3 or 4 mm MDF board. I've never done it before but it seems pretty straight-forward.

I see the fixing holes on the body panels, but i'm usnure what screws I would use to attach to the bodywork - the holes are just too big. Any fixing screws will need to be strong enough to deal with the extra weight of a 6 x 9 speaker in each panel without rattling loose.


Also, I'm wondering if Sierra's / Samurai's came with a panel under the dashboard at all? Mine dosen't have one, but it makes sense to me that one should be there to hide the wiring looms a little better.

If anyone can show me the shape of this i'll try make one of them too

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I can take a pic of mine tomorrow, which is still currently out of the vehicle. However, mine is a LH drive, so I assume it is the same as what you will have on a RH drive car, assuming that Ustrailya is a RH drive country? I'm also talking about the piece right beneath the steering wheel. Is that the piece you're referring to?
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yes us aussies drive on the wrong side of the road, but i imagine it would be exactly the same, but opposite. just mirror the image... could be way off, but i dunno.
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yes us aussies drive on the wrong side of the road, but i imagine it would be exactly the same, but opposite. just mirror the image... could be way off, but i dunno.
Here's a pic. Hopefully this is the piece you're speaking of. Let me know if you want some exact measurements. I can do that, too.
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The gas tank filler is still on the same side, so the panels will be the same...

Once you cut new panels, here is a way to make them look nice.
Door Panels

I am in the midle of a total overhaul for the Tech/Reviews area at iZook and I just rebuilt the 'Doors' section last night. I still have a few articles to add, but there should be enough to keep you busy for awhile.

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The plastic panel under the steering wheel is the same also.
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yeah that one panel under the steering area is all there is for under dash panels. On the pasenger side, I just strapped my AMP under the dash and it's large enough to cover the entire area under the glove box. I removed the package tray though.. that thing just uses up leg room.

The side panels out of MDF board should be attached by the grab handles, and by plastic buttons. They have these large shafts with plastic fins to hold them in the large oversized holes. they just press in, but they hold just fine for supporting a panel with a speaker on it. I couldn't fit 6x9's on my rear panels. There just wasn't enough room over on the side with the filler tank. My internal roll cage might be the cause of that though. I just went with front 6x9's and put a 10" sub behind the back seat. The truck is so dang small you don't really need rear sidepanel speakers, the back space available for them limits you to a pretty weak magnet and shallow cone anyway.

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ah my bad. stupidly thought we were talking bout the under dash panels. no idea why... guess i should have read properly
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Great - thanks for replies and pics, the little beast will be looking a treat from all the advice. Side panels made, dash-underside next.
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FYI, the panel in the pic is actually upside-down. Just so you know a reference for the screw holes.
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Be sure to check out the ABS panels on eBay from "amyhere2" (Designs of Steel in Stillwater, OK). I have no rear panels over the wheel wells in my '93 Samurai, so I bought a set to install someday. They also sell additional fasteners. You may still prefer to fabricate your own, but looking at and knowing about these cannot hurt.
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