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Custom Side panels

Discussion in 'Audio' started by CaptCrunch, Sep 3, 2001.

  1. CaptCrunch

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    I know I have heard a few guys have replaced their stock panels w/ a MDF replacement or something similar. I'm wondering if anyone has pics and what exactly they used. Most of the MDF I think would be a bit too wide and wopuld stick out. I'm herculining the whole bed so thought might as well replace the side panels w/ something a bit stiffer and herculine them too. Any ideas, comments, etc would be appricciated.

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    I have made some side panels out of mdf, i forgot what width put im planning on herculining those too, but at a later date.

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    I used .75 MDF and covered them with carpet. I used the .75 to get some additional depth on the panels because of the sub I put in the rear. I think a Herculined .5 panel would work just fine. If you use the MDF be sure and seal the edges with a heavy polyurethane sealer or fiberglass resin if you are going to expose the rear to much moisture. MDF is great until you get it wet.

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  4. CaptCrunch

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    Thanks for the advice. Sealing the edges sounds like a good idea even if I don't plan to get it wet. If I keep the Blazer instead of going to a pickup I definetly want to fab up some new boxes and Herculine them to match the back. Want to fab up some way to hide the amp yet be able to keep it cool and have air flow.

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  5. Greg72

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    Mr. Crunch, [​IMG]

    When you DO seal up the MDF...be sure to seal up all surfaces (front, back, and edges). Humid air will get everywhere...and you aren't just battling the moisture from standing water in your truck. Something to think about. It's really boring to keep putting the sealer on all the MDF pieces (trust me, that's what I've been doing for the last day or so) but it's good insurance that the stuff you're building will last as long as the truck.

    As for the amp, what I am doing is tucking it vertically in the side bedrail and covering it wil a metal mesh which will then be carpeted. That way you will still be able to get the hot air out while maintaining a 'stealth' profile. You may also want to leave a slight air gap or some beather holes near the top of your trim panels if you are really worried about the temps.

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  6. ChevyCaGal

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    You might wanna take a router or an orbital sander and sand the edges so they are rounded too... more of a finished look to it. What I did.... I still have to coat them. I did the floor but got too lazy for the sides. I just got some 3/8 inch plywood from Home Depot for like $20 bucks. I traced the pattern of my old panels onto it and cut it out with the Rotozip (man those are sweet!) It works well so far! You may want to get a bit or rubberized paint to paint on the brackets where the panels screw into the Blazer. I have to take mine out and do that because they make noises from rubbing and it's annoying me......

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    first off welcome back Steph. A number of notcied it had been a while since you posted... hope you didn't get withdrawl shakes too bad. [​IMG]

    I like the idea of rounding the corners, especially If I don't have it even.

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    well when i hurculined my bed i did my panels too. i used 1/2 mdf bosrd, but i only painted it not carpet it. then i poly urithaned it. sounds great

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    How much of the board sticks out? You have any pics?

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    well i do not have ne pics online now, but it doesnt stick out too far. bout little less than 1/2 inch then near where the tailgate hits, i sanded it down so it wouldnt rub,


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    how do you keep the speakers from getting wet whne thte top is off, thought about using marine style speakers, because down here in NC it may be beautiful in the morning and pi$$ing rain by noon.
     
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    For my side panels I'm getting custom ones made from the upholstery shop. I'm raising my rear 6x9s as high as I can where sliding cargo can't dent my grills and taking the ashtray's space to put in 6.5'' JBL GTOs. I trying to retain the semi-stock appearance, so my new panels will be covered with vinyl and carpet to match the old. I'm interested in any creative ways to mount an amp though, the new Sony Xplod ES look like they will be too big for under the seats, any ideas?

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    BlazinRojo, Are you having new panels made or modifing your existing ones? I currently don't have any side panels and looking are some as a template. Where in Cal. So., Central, or No.? I'm in So. Ca.
     

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