after buying my interior kit from Ausleys in Nov 2010 i am finally getting around to installing it.i read this sticky to help me with some pointers on installing my door panels.
now my panels already came preassembled but they where missing the metal clips on the back of the door panel cardboard.also the there was no holes at the bottom of the panel for the 4 screws that attach the panel to the door.i did not like the thought of having to measure, mark each point and then transfer that to the back of the panel.if i had any error in my measurements then my attachment points would be off.plus the cardboard cut-outs on the back also seem off at some attachment points.so dont just cut then out and think they are in the correct location.you wont be happy if you do.
so after giving it some thought this is what i came up with.it worked prefect and i think it will help you also.
i installed new soft plastic clip holders into the door.
next i marked all points of attachment with rolled up piece of painters tape and stuck on a thumb tack to all points.
next i installed the door panel onto the door and lined it up to where i wanted it.i then pushed/pressed around the edge of the door panel but not to hard enough to push the thumb tack all the way through.this will mark every point prefectly with no second guessing.
after removing the thumb tacks.i used a awl to punch a hole through 4 bottom screw attachment points.
next i removed the little cardboard cut-outs and then slid the metal clips into the correct location.i also used some contact cement here to better hold the clips in place.
after i installed the door panel i moved on to the armrest base.now one of the holes for this was way off and had to measure the other door to find the location of the hole.as you can see here it was off by more then a inch.once again using my awl to find the hole in the door.
here is the door panel completely installed.
i hope this helps every one out as it did me .