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Not as cool as True2blue's speakers... but better than nothing.


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#1 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 02:59 PM

:lol: I was in the Off-Road area and saw True2Blues build thread and it reminded me of my speaker install on the 4Runner.

So, yesterday I was bored & had $10 to spare, so I stopped at Lowes and got some material to finally make panels on my 1/2 doors.

You can see here what I started with:
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The previous owner cut diamond plate for one door, but not for the other. He gave me a sheet of diamond plate when I bought the doors, but I would rather use the plate for something else... so I removed it and decided to go with a thin sheet of plywood.


I removed the old diamond plate, and found a good spot to place the speaker. Its nice not having to worry about windows being in the way, or knobs or anything :)
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I used the diamond plate i removed as a template and traced out a larger panel on the sheet of plywood. Then went at it and cut it out;
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The fit was acceptable, so now was time to trace & cut a spot for the speaker.
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There we have it, wired & screwed into place. My plans are to later find a fabric to cover the panel, then i will paint the doors to match. I am thinking of a black on grey, we'll figure that out later.

After all that work I figured I should take it for a test drive, and see if the new speakers can overpower the sound of 35" super swampers at 60mph. They do alright, but still not enough. When I am crawling they will sound great though :banana:

For my test drive, i took it over to my buddies place. He called me earlier and wanted my help with his truck... so i thought I could show off my work. While there, we did what we needed to on his truck & i talked him into welding some scrap tube I had to my bumpers.

Ive been kicking around the idea of adding a piece of tube to act as an arm rest... so I took some scrap we had from a failed project & cut it to fit my doors. Didn't take him long to buzz them in place, and here's the finished product :grin:

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I have to say I think I made the right decision. Having arm rests again is very nice, and it gives an added sense of security when traveling down the road.
I think next weekend I will go shopping for some materials and finish the panels & interior...

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:05 PM

So how does that plywood hold up when you roll? Does it catch fire easily? I liked the diamond plate WAY better. But thats just because I like things to look good. :rolleyes:

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:20 PM

It will look good when its finished, and the plywood did catch on fire pretty easily when we were welding it.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:39 PM

"IT WILL LOOK GOOD WHEN ITS FINISHED", and the plywood did catch on fire pretty easily when we were welding it.



i have been saying that for years very seldome is it true Roll Eyes

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:46 PM

Not all of us are naturals when it comes to booty fab.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:23 PM

So how does that plywood hold up when you roll? Does it catch fire easily? I liked the diamond plate WAY better. But thats just because I like things to look good. :rolleyes:


:lol:

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:10 PM

I dub thee rig THE PLYWOOD PRINCESS!!:lol:

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:47 PM

I dub thee rig THE PLYWOOD PRINCESS!!:lol:


That's a whole lot of talk from somebody who had to bring their Subaru to the Moonrocks.. :lol:

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:58 AM

Ok.... So I finally finished my doors. I found some old camping pads that I could canibalize, and some spare fabric from another project. So I cut the padding to match the panel, and wrapped it in outdoor canvas, then stapled it in place.
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A few coats of paint to clean things up a bit...
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Panels installed... last step is to connect the speakers but I think im going to pull the stereo & re-wire everything before i can call the job complete.

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-Brian

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:38 AM

doesn't your new armrest limit the usefulness of your half door?

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:52 PM

Uhm... i can still see thru them :confused:

They are still 1/2 doors & work just the same. Just alittle more comfortable now.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:04 PM

Ok so they DID turn out ok-ish. The tube bar saved it though.:)

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:18 PM

doesn't your new armrest limit the usefulness of your half door?


I have to say I am with Mick on this one. They looked absolutely perfect...
























right up 'til you put the bar in.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:53 PM

The bar does not get in the way at all. And it's an added piece of mind when I have my girlfriends 11yr old daughter in the passenger seat.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:14 AM

See through it, yea, but you can't lean out to get a better look at the wheels.


meh, I see both sides of the argument. I plan to do some full-tube doors for mine at some point.



nice work on the door cards, though!

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:24 PM

The bar does not get in the way at all. And it's an added piece of mind when I have my girlfriends 11yr old daughter in the passenger seat.


I understand, but it does take away from the cut out though. The idea is to lean out to get a better look at the tires and the line.

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