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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:13 PM
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Door Panels . . . coming soon?

Saw this on the Iron Goat website:

http://www.ig4x4.com/item71.htm

Kind if "ugly" but looks like it does the trick.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 01:24 PM
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room for a 4 inch speaker?

Nothings perfect i guess
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Let's hope more options come out...
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 05:26 PM
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I've got some in the works out of aluminum. It may be a bit before they they are done but I will have my buddy save the final project to the computer so he can waterjet more. I intend for them to be prett flat with a buildup for the speaker which also allows it to sink into the panel some. I'm sure someone has already done it but we like to make our own stuff. I'm doing mine out of powdercoated diamond plate.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:37 PM
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I've got some in the works out of aluminum. It may be a bit before they they are done but I will have my buddy save the final project to the computer so he can waterjet more. I intend for them to be prett flat with a buildup for the speaker which also allows it to sink into the panel some. I'm sure someone has already done it but we like to make our own stuff. I'm doing mine out of powdercoated diamond plate.
Sounds interesting, post pics when you're finished.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 03:19 AM
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Wow, I hate it. Like, a lot.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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Wow, I hate it. Like, a lot.
I surely would not put my name on that!
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Old October 4th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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And I would likewise not put their name on my truck. These aren't Guess jeans.

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Not that I'd put guess jeans on either my truck or my ass.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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Sent them an email, told them that it's great that someones finally remaking the panels, however it has a few short-comings. I suggest others send emails as well, maybe they'll listen and remove their brand name off it as well as increase the size of the speaker opening.

Sooo close...
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Old October 6th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Good news! I received a reply from Tony Klassen of Iron Goat.
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Thanks for your comments , constructive criticism is always welcome , one cant improve ones products without it . No the large "Iron Goat" is not necessary and will be removed . As for the speaker bump outs , they are 5.5" in diameter , is this large enough for your speakers with the speaker covers included ? If not please let me know how large to make them . Some of the other guys on the D-90 forum thought the Door Panels ugly , any ideas on how to improve them ? Again thanks for your comments and emailing me with them , feel free to call me at 1-604-794-3143 or email with any more input .
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Old October 6th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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it needs an armrest

with those changes he said in his email, I really like them...
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Old October 6th, 2007, 05:55 PM
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Tell him to copy the original and we'll all buy some. That's what we want.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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The main problem aside from the lettering is all the relief detail. The series of straight grooves are ugly as well as the grooves around some of the indentations. The "surround" for the door latch handle also seems a little off.

I dont mind something a little different than stock, but it can't be a disorganized design.

And something that would really rock would be panels for a rear half-door a la series or beach runner.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 05:26 PM
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Jim and Shawn,

I replied Tony basically stating that as close to the original copy would be great!

I also included a link to this thread, so any addition comments from the forum would probably be well received.

I agree, the IG panels aren't aesthetically pleasing, it's a step in the right directions...
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Old October 10th, 2007, 04:02 AM
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Smile Door Panel Improvements

Hello , thanks again for all your input , it is well recieved . Here were some of my thoughts in designing the Door Panel . I did think of an arm rest , but figured space wouldnt allow for this since Defenders are cramped to begin with , so didnt . The straight grooves in the pockets were added as a stiffner to cut down on drumming , but are being removed to make the pockets deeper . As for the latch surround being off , when the panel is put in place the latch is centerd and swings within the indent . I didnt put the Land Rover style horse shoe on the panel because I just did'nt see the point to it and thought it would just get in the way of opening the door . As for copying the original I would think copyright laws would'nt allow it . The 4" speaker was put in just to cut down on the space it took away from the pockets , I never figured it would get any response at all . If anyone has more ideas or wants to send a sketch of a Door Panel design please do , I am open to any of your ideas .

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Old October 10th, 2007, 07:01 AM
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Tony - Right on! Thanks for opening it up for suggestions. I'd be happy to sketch out some ideas and post them up here.

I personally don't think the stock panel drums that badly, instead it comes loose as the fastener sites break and rattles. I think the door skin drums worse than the panel, and that is easily solved with a piece of dynamat or rhino lining.

Also, as far as door pockets go, I would prefer a space for bungee net instead of a molded pocket. That would also save having to create a back for the pocket or cut the hole.

No matter, like you suggested, I'll do some sketches.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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I may have missed it, but do you have a ball park on cost yet?
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Old October 10th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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I would buy a pair.. Like stated above, the 5.25 speaker holes would be good and no arm rest. THere is no room. The big problem with the originals is that they crack around the screws. Will they be stronger? Also The dark grey color would be nice..
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Old October 12th, 2007, 04:30 AM
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Aprox . $290.00 CAN + shipping with the sound deadning , much less without aprox $240.00 + shipping , not everyone has gotten their numbers back to me yet and oviously the D-90 members get a better price . If I am going to have to build a new mold this will take time , as it's not a quick weekend job , those door panels would be ready some time before spring if all goes well . As for the cracking problem my panels are made of 1/8" ABS and should not crack , you can hit this stuff pretty darn hard with a hammer without cracking it . The dark grey I will work on , if anyone has a small sample from a Defender Dash install please send it as my truck only came in the black ( I will to pay for the shipping). Also would someone please tell me how large is the cosmetic cover of your 5.25" speakers ?

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Old October 12th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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I'm guessing you did this to change the design, but the speaker wire tunnels are on top in yours. Do they line up with the hole in the door frame? It would be best if they did.

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