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Difficulty:</span> Easy
Time Required: 1 hour MAX
Tools Required: Flat Head Screwdriver, Phillips Head Screwdriver
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The below picture shows the location of the screws.
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Screw 1: Requires Phillips head screwdriver. Use a flat head screwdriver to pop the cap of the cover off. Screw 1 will be underneath the flap. Remove it.



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Screws 2 & 3: Remove with Phillips screwdriver from underneath the door.



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Screws 4 & 5: Lift the storage bin up, to reveeal the inside. There are two covered screws under flaps inside the bin. Use a flat head screwdriver to carefully remove the flaps, by pushing the screwdriver in hard straight, then carefully turning it as not to scratch the plastic. The screws are underneath the flaps and can be removed by a Phillips screwdriver.



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Trim removal: Start by carefully prying a flat head screwdriver into the right of the door trim, as shown in the picture. Pull the screwdriver towards you and the back of the trim will pop off.



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Trim Removal (continued): The trim should be off far enough now that you can wedge your finger behind it. Put a finger or two behind it, and with your left hand pull the door handle open. Continue to pull and the trim should slide off.
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Final Panel Removal: All the screws are now out, and it's time to take off the panel. On the bottom right of the panel, there are clips that will simply pop off with pressure.

Placing your hand where screws 2 & 3 are located, insert your hand behind the panel. Move your hand to the right, and there should be pressure. The two clips that hold the door in place are there. Pull gently and they will pop off.

Work your way up the door with your hands. As you reach the top right of the panel, it will become very difficult to remove. Now, pull the entire panel upwards. Use the door handle if necessary. Carefully, lift the top right of the panel upwards from the door (but NOT away from the door). The top right should now also be loose.

The trickiest part of the panel removal now is where you removed the door trim. Here, you need to pull the panel UP and AWAY from the door. If you look inside where you removed the trim, you will see the clip upon which the door is now hinged. Pulling upwards will lift it off the clip, and pulling away will remove the panel from the door.

As the panel comes off, don't just pull it off. There are two sets of wires to disconnect.



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Both of these wires have a clip that can simply be pushed in and the wire will be pulled out. Push the clip in, and take both the wires out.
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Congratulations! You've successfully removed the panel from your door. Mounting speakers will now be a snap!

To re-attach the door, it's important to note that the last clip that the door was held onto, is the first place to mount the door. An easy to way mount it back on is to hold the panel at about a 20 or 30 degree angle, mounting from the top. Line up the panel with the window (slightly above) and press it firm onto the window so you are mounting it straight. Then start pulling the panel down onto the door. The clip should lock pretty easily, and the rest of the work is a matter of banging the door where the clips are, and re-attaching the screws.
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Hi, thanks for the guide, successfully got the two front panels off and swapped out my lock actuators. (A word of advice to anyone reading this for that purpose: Install the the actuator BEFORE attaching the rods to their various posts, as otherwise the positions won't necessarily sync up).


I'm now trying to get the back door panels off. I figured out that alot of the snaps are the same, but I'm wondering if there are any screws in there, or special connections I should undo before going to town on it.

Thanks.
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