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Old 03-27-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Default 1995 door panel

my 95 coupe has a loose drivers side door panel.
the dealer told me to order the panel and they would install it.
The panels run $500 in mid america and ecklers.

My question is, will the panel {black} be a match for the
passenger side or should i replace them both even though
the passenger side is ok. Would rather not spend the
exrta $500 if i dont have to.

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I have a gray panel from Mid America, for 94-96, and it's a decent match for the original, but close examination would show the differences. The seam in the OEM panel, between the colored area and black areas on the non-black panels, is actually flatter and shallower on the repros.

I'll sell you my gray one for $60 plus shipping, a can of SEM black vinyl dye would be a cheap way to get you going
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:36 AM   #4
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Sometimes you can screw the door panel to the door. There is a place on the side where the earlier panels had a screw. If it is loose at the top (very common) you can hide a screw(s) beside the inner rubber seal. Unless you have a 100 point car, $500 is alot of money, and yes, the other panel will loosen up as time goes by. The fiberglass backing either flexes or breaks with time.
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It is worth noting that the reproduction panels are built differently and seem to be resistant to cracking like the OEM panels' backing.
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If the panel is in otherwise good shape, a quick search here will reveal a number of repair methods available that will cost you next to nothing.
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where do i search? I am new to the site
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Do a search for door panel, you will find tons of posts. Here is one

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-g...panel-fix.html
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Up at the top of the forum in the red bar you will see a "Search" option - there is also an Advanced Search, which is more useful as you can choose which forums you want to search.

Here's another:

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c4-g...wire-ties.html

And another good fix while you have the panel off is to add a small L-bracket or two at the top of your doors (using existing bolts) to give the top edge of the door panel more to grab onto.
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