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    Is the only difference on '90-'91 vs earlier door panels that speaker grille? I want to learn, I want to know it all! All the little things! All the things!
    I don't mind my door panels but I've seen those super ornamental ones which are really cool.
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    IIRC... That speaker housing was the premium sound door speaker. 88-91 also had the option of a door pocket when the normal sound system with dash speakers was used.

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    Standard sound system '90-'91 had those speaker housing pods. Premium had the same pods with a "Premium Sound" emblem on them in the spot where the standard sound pods had "Stereo" stamped. The optional door pockets were probably not an option starting in '90 because of the new speaker pod design. Dash speakers went away in '90 and you only got the door speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arquemann View Post
    Is the only difference on '90-'91 vs earlier door panels that speaker grille? I want to learn, I want to know it all! All the little things! All the things!
    I don't mind my door panels but I've seen those super ornamental ones which are really cool.
    Another thing to keep in mind is on cars with vent windows, the first 11 inches of the dew wipe is cut off for the vent window assembly. If you find a set of used door panels and they have been cut, they won't work for a car without vent windows. WagonMan
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    I like the cloth look. Wish I pulled a set back in 09 when I had the chance. Same color and all for my two door.

    Looking great.

    Did you have to drill/file out square some holes for the two pegs of the speaker pods on the 90/91 pod to fit into the door?
    So one of the two upper holes for the pegs are already present, at least on an early '87 car. I did trim off the other peg though since I wasn't drilling a large hole like that. The little clip end of the peg was kinda tired on both, so I shimmed them with a piece of paper between the tabs, so they latched well. I did have to drill two small holes for the screws at the bottom. Overall, they fit nicely and don't move around/rattle, so I'm good with that.

    Quote Originally Posted by WagonMan View Post
    Another thing to keep in mind is on cars with vent windows, the first 11 inches of the dew wipe is cut off for the vent window assembly. If you find a set of used door panels and they have been cut, they won't work for a car without vent windows. WagonMan
    I had to trim these since I don't think vent windows were available after '89. That said, this wasn't a factory vent window car though. The biggest tell is proper vent window cars have some extra bolts on the exterior of the door frame along the A-Pillar, but that wasn't done when these were swapped in (not a fan of having to drill a bunch of extra holes), however I haven't had any issues with them being fitted like that. They fit snugly in the channel and are retained with a single bolt in a factory location within the door itself.


    So two things happened today: 1.) The driver's window came back to life along with the speaker. Didn't do anything, it just worked this morning when I left for work, and was still going when I went home. Weird, but okay. Passenger side doesn't go, so still gotta test that; 2.) The radio doesn't like the heat. It'll work for a minute or two, and then it's out. Doesn't matter how much you fiddle with it, it won't go. Shame since it looks kinda neat, but I like my tunes, so I'll have to find a replacement.

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    Door panels look nice. Sad news on the radio. I was hoping it would get ironed out and work. On high mileage vehicles, I have seen the wires break in the door jamb. Sometimes they have enough contact to work, other times not. Might be something to check.
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    You could have the radio rebuilt. Finding a good used without any problems is getting harder to find. I have allot of radios. I used to be able to test them as I used to have the connectors. Would be nice to get rid of these radios.I just hate to sell something I am not sure works right.

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