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I looked for a tutorial everywhere when I took my doors off the first time, couldn't find one. I just had to fix a rattle in my door, so I decided to make a how-to for it. It seems the R-Design doors panels are different from the standard doors.

NOTE: Taking the door off probably took me all of 7 minutes. Super easy to do.

I will give a picture, then describe the color below.

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Tools used: Flathead screwdriver, T20 Torx bit and ratchet, clip tool. You don't need the clip tool, a wider screwdriver would work (just be careful not to break your door panel).

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YELLOW: Clips holding the silver trim are underneath here. They go out and up. Pry underneath with the screwdriver, and push it out with your hands. The piece is flexible, but too far and it will break. If you look around the ends of it, you can see the clips when it's pried a bit, and judge when the clip is released. Once the clips are released, pull the trim piece up, and it will snap out.

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YELLOW: The clip holders are here. The clip comes out around these.
RED: There is only one of these, I don't know what it's for, but the other side didn't have one to begin with. Oh well...

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Two T20 screws under the silver piece. Normal thread. Sorry for the overexposure.

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Now for the fun part! Find the clip under the side of the panel, then pry till it pops out. It will sound like it's breaking. It's not.

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Once you have enough unclipped, pull the door off with your hands. Work around to each clip, and use your hand like the clip tool. The upper side has a lip, don't pry there.

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YELLOW: Two tabs hold the door handle to the opener cable. This is a really good setup. It allows for easy removal.
RED: After the tabs are pushed back, pull here to remove the cable.

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YELLOW: Electronics to the door are removed here. Little push tabs on the gray and green connectors release them from the door. Don't force them, They come out easily. The driver's door has more for more buttons in the cabin, the rear doors have only one.

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Door panel removed!

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YELLOW: Female clip positions.
RED: There is one male clip. I'm not sure why it's male, but every door has one in that spot. It doesn't affect taking the door off.

For systems with Dynaudio, the next part is for the added upper tweeter.

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There are three clips that hold the tweeter on. After the door is off, pull here gently to remove the tweeter panel. Don't pull it all the way off! Wires are still connected to the speaker and BLIS (also an option.)
NOTE: This can be done before or after the panel is off, but the door panel has to be replaced before the tweeter can be reinstalled because the door panel lip will not go back on with the tweeter on.

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The green clip goes to the BLIS light. A tab releases it.

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The gray clip is under the foam, and the flap is already cut. Pull it back, and press in the tab. The tweeter is now fully released and can be removed!

The door panel is now off, and any improvements can be made! Best of luck!
 

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No problem! I was so frustrated the first time I took mine off, the first door took me an hour to figure out! It's really counterintuitive compared to the good design Volvo had with the rest of the car.
 

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Great how-to on door panel removal, but you don't show where you treated the door to remove the actual rattle(s). In another thread you mentioned the foam trim, but where along the door, and with what material did you use to squelch the annoying vibrations? Do we just add thin foam along the entire perimeter of the door, or are the little rattles coming from where the face of the plastic female clips make contact with their male counterparts?

I'm going to remove all door panels one more time in a final attempt at ending the few remaining noises (the rivets being one location where I was hoping by simply covering in Dynamat would deaden it down enough, rather than drilling them out and completely replacing - as shown in other sound reduction threads).
 

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This should go into the STICKY section! Great work! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Great how-to on door panel removal, but you don't show where you treated the door to remove the actual rattle(s). In another thread you mentioned the foam trim, but where along the door, and with what material did you use to squelch the annoying vibrations? Do we just add thin foam along the entire perimeter of the door, or are the little rattles coming from where the face of the plastic female clips make contact with their male counterparts?

I'm going to remove all door panels one more time in a final attempt at ending the few remaining noises (the rivets being one location where I was hoping by simply covering in Dynamat would deaden it down enough, rather than drilling them out and completely replacing - as shown in other sound reduction threads).
Shoot, I thoight I had that in here. Give me a minute and I'll get you a picture of the material I used, but this picture outlines where I put it on the door. I found that my rattles were from the clear plastic connectors that hold the panel to the door itself, and also that the larger gaps between the plastic pieces. So basically I just outlined where the panel is.


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This should go into the STICKY section! Great work! Thanks for sharing!
It's in the How-To sticky! I'll be getting one up for the rear lights as well here sometime.

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Great how-to on door panel removal, but you don't show where you treated the door to remove the actual rattle(s). In another thread you mentioned the foam trim, but where along the door, and with what material did you use to squelch the annoying vibrations? Do we just add thin foam along the entire perimeter of the door, or are the little rattles coming from where the face of the plastic female clips make contact with their male counterparts?

I'm going to remove all door panels one more time in a final attempt at ending the few remaining noises (the rivets being one location where I was hoping by simply covering in Dynamat would deaden it down enough, rather than drilling them out and completely replacing - as shown in other sound reduction threads).
Just bought it at the hardware store.


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