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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:10 pm 
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I got some new mirrors to put on my car, but I cant figure out how to take the door panel off. does anybody know how to take it off a 95 SE


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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:15 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:18 pm 
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Pop the whole courtesy light out. Be very careful, they break. I use a small flat blade screw driver on the rear end first.

Remove the two or three screws along the bottom and up the front.

There's a screw behild the pop-out plate behind the release handle.

There might be one behind the mirror control... can't remember.

The the panel will be hanging by the top edge. Can't remember the best way to pull that off. Up and carefully probably.

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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:27 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:43 pm 
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well thanks for the help, I got it off but it looks like its gonna be a pain to get the old mirror off and the new one on.


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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:02 pm 
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well thanks for the help, I got it off but it looks like its gonna be a pain to get the old mirror off and the new one on.



yep, you have to shove your arm way up in there and operate a 10mm wrench or socket to remove 2 nuts. and operate means tiny turns of the nut. slow and steady wins the race though.


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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:29 pm 
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ya its not gonna be easy, at least now i know what size wrench i need. and now i know how to take the door panel off for some future mods i have in mind.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:12 pm 
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I have replaced several of those and never been able to get even a small ratchet/ socket in there, it will only work for the easier nut.... Sears i believe sells ratcheting wrenches singly, getting the mirror out and back in is SOOO easy if you have one.

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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:21 pm 
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A ratcheting box end wrench would be the best tool for this job. I've done it to with a normal open ended wrench, and it was a pain.

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2009 G8 GT - Sport Red Metallic, loaded, SOLO Axlebacks, Rotofab Intake, Tuned, autodim Trailblazer mirror, removed intake manifold cover, HSV GTS triple gauge pod, two tone red-hot shifter and HSV SuperSport steering wheel, GXP rear sway bar and diffuser


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 Post subject: Re: removing door panel
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:26 am 
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well i was able to get a ratchet up there no problem and get both of them off, my arm hurt after i did it, but i got it done.


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