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Purpose of rear interior side panels

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 84gmcjimmy, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    In a blazer or jimmy...the "carpet" interior side panels that go along the sides of the rear of the rig. Are they just cosmetical or do they serve a important role? I threw both my sets out because they were ripped...and I didn't think I need them. I was thinking about hanging the hilift on the brackets, and building light storage cubboards instead of having the panels.

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    looks and insulation prolly.
     
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    pretty much when i got mine it didnt have them. also i think they held speakers too
     
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    I ripped mine out and did exactly what you said and mounted my hi lift jack in there. Storage on the other side is a good idea for extra little parts or even holders for spare shafts. I used to use my other side to hold a shovel but had that stolen when my top was off:mad:
     
  5. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I pulled mine out and will be Line-X'ing the entire interior. They reduce outside noise, but reduce space too.
     
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    They just make it a lot quieter inside. But don't use those wimpy little brackets that used to hold the side panels in place to hold a Hi Lift jack. Think about what would happen in an accident... Being impaled by a jack coming through the back of the seat would ruin your whole day! :eek1:
     
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  8. 84gmcjimmy

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    I wouldn't just use them, I'd add some more brackets and suport. I just said those brackets to visualize where the jack would go.

    The panels I thought of, like mentioned, would reduce noise and sort of insulate. Oh well i have a heater. And I can always make sheetmetal ones!
    planning to put a roll on/paint on bedliner in one day.
     
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    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I plan on doing a six point rollcage, then Line-x'ing the interior. When that is done, I plan on putting the brackets for the Hi-Lift on the rear part of the roll cage. I also don't want to lose rear speakers so I'm thinking of fabbing up some sheetmetal, or wood boxes with black carpet on them, in a triangular shape and putting them just behind each door on the side against the door pillar and top rail of the rear bed.
     
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    i made new ones out of sheet metal, and behind the rear seat i put hinges, they swing open for storage in there. had them powdercoated black, they look nice.
     
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    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    They hold the speakers and ashtrays.
     
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    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Cosmetic and noise reduction. That's it.
     
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    My '91 K5 came with the barebone rubber mat and no interior panels other than the two doors. The rear is open. There's still ashtrays in the back, however, I have no rear brackets for speakers. My solution is mounting 6x9 speakers in boxes and installing them on the wheel-wells.
     
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    Don't smoke so I don't need the ashtrays, and have boxes for the speakers, so I think I will just forget about the panels. Maybe build some storage comparments with 18ga steel or something. And some storage for parts and hilift.

    Thanks for the help
     

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