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Old 04-07-2008, 11:53 PM   #1
J.J. DO
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Default How To: Door Panel Removal w/ Door Deadening Install (Raamatt)

Hope this helps someone. Let's get started!!

Remove this screw behind door grasp handle



Remove this screw



Pull this off



Unplug this:



Pull of tweeter panel. Just pull it will come right off. Unplug the tweeter:



Now, begin pulling the door panel away from the door. I started at the bottom. Theres no picture for this, but as long as you've followed the direction above, the panel will come of with several loud "pops" as the white fasteners dislodge.

Once the panel is removed hold it close to the door and disconnect another wire harness. I think it's 1 for the passeger side (pictured) and 2 for th drivers.



Now, look at the door for these white fasteners. Some of them dislodge from the panel instead of the door itself



Remove these bolts. I think there are 10 of them. Also remove the two nuts that attach the inner panel to the window guide:



the two bolts mentioned above are attached to the metal guide in this pic. The bolts seen at the bottom protrude through the inner panel and are secured with two nuts



To disconnect the door handle, you have to pull this thing up...



by placing a small screwdriver in here.



It will do this when you are successful:



The two wires can then be disconnected from the handle. It's very intuitive when you see it. Lay the handle aside and then pull the two wires from there hangers:



Remove these three bolts from the window motor mechanism. Do not let the white thing in the second pic below to dislodge from the inner panel just yet.





Remove this clip by placing a small screwdriver behind the head.



This is now the most difficult part of the inner door panel removal. There is a wire harness that needs to be disconnected behind the inner door panel that is difficult to get to. There is very little slack in the wire so it is hard to gain access to the wire harness. And, to add more heartache, the harness itself has a locking mechanism.

First, push this wire clip through the panel to give the wire some slack. THis will allow you to remove the inner panel a little more for access sake.



This is a picture laying on the ground looking up into the door at the harness. Difficult to see. There is a locking mechanism on the bottom of the harness that is red in color. It needs to be pulled back. Just give it a pull and it will likely move in the appropriate direction. It's difficult to explain how it moves but it is very easy to figure out. Now, you have to place a little screwdriver behind that disengaged locking mechanism and disengage the entire harness. You will need a light to see.



Like I said this is the most frustrating part...unless you unroll the wire located in the white reel below
Remember this:



It twists out of the inner panel. Don't let is unroll on you. It's not likely but can happen. If it does, you've just made this job much harder. Fold the inner liner back (pic has Raamatt in place already):



Tape this up:


You've now gained access to the metal door



Apply deadener. Raamatt pictured;



Reinstall inner door liner. Don't forget to connect all wire and harnesses. Apply deadner:



Make speaker brackets:


Install speaker (6.5 pictured):



Ensolite inner door panel, again with careful attention to installation requirements of outer door panel:




Reinstall outer door panel.

hope this helps
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:06 PM   #2
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Wow! Awesome job. Thanks for posting this. Coincidentally, yesterday I popped open the doors to have a look. I had an installer put in Dynamat extreme and the did the inside of the sheet metal of the door. Now I want to do the much easier job of putting raammat and ensolite on the inside of the door panel.

How do you find it working with raammat & ensolite and spray adhesive?
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:18 PM   #3
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Great write up! How much time per door?
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Old 04-15-2008, 01:58 AM   #4
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[quote author=seeeen84 link=topic=108089.msg2228508#msg2228508 date=1208128730]
Great write up! How much time per door?
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The front doors were harder. They took me about 2 hours each, back doors maybe 1 each.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:42 PM   #5
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[quote author=hadacivicsi link=topic=108089.msg2215491#msg2215491 date=1207674379]
Wow! Awesome job. Thanks for posting this.

How do you find it working with raammat & ensolite and spray adhesive?
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No problem. It was to my pleasure and benefit.

To answer your question, I definitely found that the second door was easier than the first. The first door was a learning experience. Some of my cuts were not exact which made installing the outer door panel difficult. The ensolite and spray glue is kinda tricky. I learned that cutting 3 or four large pieces was easier than cutting and applying 1 or 2. I initially layed the ensolite on the back of the outer door panel so I could tell where I needed to make holes for things like the door handle and white clips. Like I said the first door was good practice.

[quote author=seeeen84 link=topic=108089.msg2228508#msg2228508 date=1208128730]
Great write up! How much time per door?[/quote]

Thanks
I did the two doors on different days. The first door took quite a bit more time than the second. I would say I could remove the door paneling and install mat in about 2.5 hours now. Making the speaker brackets, soldering my connections, heat shrinking, and installing the speaker took another 1 hour or so. If there is someone with experience around to help, the install is much quicker. This was a learning process for me.

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Old 05-17-2008, 12:48 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot for posting this... I'm going to give this a try and the step by step guide should help A LOT.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:16 PM   #7
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No problem, let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:25 PM   #8
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Photos were the perfect size.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:47 PM   #9
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How happy are you with the results of this? Did you do all four doors? I have two rolls of Raamatt and ensolite when I get time to get it installed.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:58 PM   #10
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I've been extremely happy with the install. I can't honestly say that the raamat improved the sound quality because I never heard the stereo before having raamat. I will say the doors are quite a bit heavier and they shut with a deeper thud now. I kinda like that.

I plan on doing the rear doors at some point. I bought one roll of raamat and have quite abit' left. One could easily do all four door with one roll of raamat and one roll of ensolite.

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