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Old 03-04-2012, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay- so I will be installing new leather seats in my outback in the next couple of weeks. The kit comes with door panel inserts to swap out the cloth panel with leather. Actually, I'll be covering over it with the new leather.

My questions is- After removing the door panel, is it possible to remove the cloth insert panel or any of the trim around it. There is a plastic strip right above it, but I'm not sure if it's held on with clips, screws, glue, etc. If the cloth inserts don't come out, it would be helpful it the other trim did, which would allow me to tuck it better around the edged. Same goes for the doorlock/window switch armrest.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Just afraid to pull to hard and break something. The service manual doesn't have any details on this.

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I think there are only two screws holding the front door panels on. One in the latch handle (the chrome one) and one in the armrest area. The rest is plastic rivets. Remove the screws then start pulling on the bottom.
Once all the rivets are popped the panel lifts up. It kinda hooks on to the top of the metal door skin.
Here's a thread with some pics of the interior of the panels
http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...oor-panel.html
It looks like some is secured with screws and some by melted plastic rivets.
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Thanks- those links are extremely helpful. Just need to figure out of the silver plastic strip above the cloth comes off. If it does, it should make the leather install much easier.
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Thanks- those links are extremely helpful. Just need to figure out of the silver plastic strip above the cloth comes off. If it does, it should make the leather install much easier.
I don't recall exactly but I'm guessing the cloth part is a plastic piece that pops out with friction clips.
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I haven't pulled off the door panels of my OB but in the past when I've done leather swaps the door panel piece is "welded" to the door with plastic rivets. You just need a large drill bit to drill out the top of the rivet and it will come loose. You'll just have to use some short (1/2") screw to put it back together. I think the ones we used were called 1/2" truss head screws that have a large head. Here is a pic:



One other thing to be careful is to not drill too far into the rivet when you put it back together! Trust me, it happens quicker than you expect!
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Awesome- thank again everyone for the tips...this is seeming more and more doable as a DIY install. Called for a couple of quotes and some guys want up to $100 per door...no way am I paying that. I think I can do it if I take my time and be meticulous...also should result in a better job.

I think that I may be able to do it without pulling the cloth panel out (unless it's easy friction clips). Basically it's just spray adhesive and tucking, and by the look of the photos, I should be able to free enough stuff to make the tucking easy and unnoticeable. If I can remove it, that would be even better. Guess I just gotta pull the panel and see what I'm dealing with. .

Still waiting for my kit, but the seats themselves look like they're gonna be cake (just time consuming). Famous last words, huh!!! I'll be sure to post pics as I do it. Hopefully I'll get it done in the next couple of weeks.

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In most cases I would ask the customer if they really cared about it and in most cases the door panels were the last on the list of must haves. I would do the seats, head rests and the center console and see if you really need to do the door panels.
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