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Not as cool as True2blue's speakers... but better than nothing.
Posted 25 April 2010 - 02:59 PM
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:
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
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;
The fit was acceptable, so now was time to trace & cut a spot for the speaker.
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
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
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...
Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:05 PM
Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:20 PM
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
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.
Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:47 PM
I dub thee rig THE PLYWOOD PRINCESS!!
That's a whole lot of talk from somebody who had to bring their Subaru to the Moonrocks..
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:58 AM
A few coats of paint to clean things up a bit...
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.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:38 AM
Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:52 PM
They are still 1/2 doors & work just the same. Just alittle more comfortable now.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:04 PM
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.
Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:53 PM
Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:14 AM
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!
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.
Don't let us talk you out of what is important to you!
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