In Reply to: Re: Am I the first to do a rear susp. install hims posted by Julian Chang on March 08, 2001 at 14:50:48:
The panels have a front and back section held together by screws that are covered with circular flush-mount plastic tabs. There are four per panel. These DO NOT need to be removed from the side panels and the one in the lower corner probably *can't* be removed without serious damage and lots of loud swearing. Trust me, I know. Here is what I do:
1. Remove all the gold-colored screws that hold the front of all the panels (behind the seats).
2. Remove the carpeted panel that is in the storage area between the seats (where the sub-woofer is located in the roadsters).
3. Remove the two screws underneath the carpeted panel. This will allow you some range of motion on the center section so you can remove the two outer panels.
4. I'm not positive, but I believe there are some screws holding the outer panels to the side of the car. Remove them.
5. From the rear of the car, use your fingernail to gently pry the round tabs off the center panel. Remove the screws.
6. From the rear of the car, the outer panels link together with the center panel by two small tabs that aim forward and fit into slots in the center panel. With the extra play in the center panel - and now that you are able to pry the front and back sections of that panel apart, examine how everything fits together and make some strong mental notes. You'll need to be able to "persuade" everything into the correct positions on reassembly. Remove the side panels by getting them clear of the center panel and lifting them upwards.
This will *definitely* give you clear and easy access to the carpeted panels you need to remove. When you get to the shocks, take note of the metal pieces on top of the shock mounts and be sure to install them in the same orientation (they are cupped one direction).
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