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Coverlay door panel review

I have ordered the Coverlay door panels for my 1996 XLT Bronco (light gray).

Cost
Rockauto has the best internet price at $400.00 shipped
The door panels a direct shipped for Coverlet in TX and they are built to order

Pros:
MADE IN THE USA
ABS plastic is flexible
Most hardware included
No trimming to fit installs just like factory
Fit and finish is gets a "B" grade
Nice finish Paint and plastic grain

Cons:
Color match just ok
Must reuse Jute padding from stock door
lower carpet did not match at all
"A" pillar screw easily pulled through the plastic. not the end of the world and I should have not used a screw gun to tighten that screw.
Dose not include all screws
Weak instructions
Cheap felt material inner door opener handle shroud
Window welt wiper strip stapled to the ABS (but very sturdy)
Have to cut the door light
PRICE!!!!! for all the con's the price point should be $250.00 max, and they should offer a Kit version where the user will paint and upholster for $200. A 400 price point would not have these above issues.


Installation:
Had to re-drill all of the lower holes but this give you fresh metal to screw into
Simple install if you do not reuse the door light

Conclusion:
If your doors are cracked and squeaking and have the dreaded sun burn finish and falling off then these will be an nice addition to your bronco but at a PRICE.

Things I would have Coverlay change:
Price!!
Upholstered panel make it easily removal
Don't mold the upper map pocket in just continue with the couture
Cut in the window felt wiper holes
Make it a kit

Things Coverlay need to make for the bronco:
Rear panels
"A" pillar panels
Just a dash pad cover as an option for the complete dash cover
Front and Rear headliner that can be upholstered







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I have these panels, I thought they were pretty good. Are they OEM no, but they are better then anything I could find without paying 1k for them.
I like the revised design as its a little different.

Be interested to hear your thoughts on them as well


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How is the review coming? I'm about to have 6 weeks off and be sort of gimpy. I need a project or two to keep me going and the interior seems like it would be pretty easy going. I'm doing a color change I'm half tempted to just bedliner my old door panels but the price on these would mean by the time I finished prepping and doing them that I'd only be out $100 or so more dollars and I'd save a day of jacking around with them.

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May help here is mine installed

I was happy with the fit. Fit just as good as the OEM pieces I think. And this is the only way to get actually black ones. I'd buy them again.
You can see they are missing the pocket on the top, but My last three stock sets all crack there so no big deal to me.
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May help here is mine installed

I was happy with the fit. Fit just as good as the OEM pieces I think. And this is the only way to get actually black ones. I'd buy them again.
You can see they are missing the pocket on the top, but My last three stock sets all crack there so no big deal to me.
That looks really good, and if the fit is as good as OEM, I think that pocket delete is a good idea. I always thought that pocket was useless... of course it will get used, I carry work gloves in mine, but it's a spot that inevitably fails resulting in the annoying creaks and pops. How many pockets do you need in a door? I've had designs (in the back of my mind) of making a speaker pod to fit in there.

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Are they painted black or black all the way through? I've currently got tan interior but I want to switch over or do a two tone. I have new black arm rests. Of course, mine is a 1990 and the door panels are a little different but the ones in the picture look good.

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Black plastic, molded in color not painted. If I remember right I think I had to drill a few new holes as the screw locations are not stock, but nice to start with a fresh set of holes too. They even came with the inside window felt installed.
They should have black fabric type material near the window switches, I covered mine to my liking.
They come like this

Have to cut out the light. Or use that as a good time to add your own light there.


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Nice panels! Everything I remove on this new to me bronco ends up with broken clips/plastic, etc. It doesn't matter how careful I am when removing them.
Nice to know there is a decent replacement for the door panels. Any dash replacements? Mine is creaking/rattling over every major bump.

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What is everyone paying for these? They look much better than what I have installed now.

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Coverlay door panel review

More photos. The color dose not match the OEM door panel but it dose match the dash pad.






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you can always use SEM or colorbond paint/stain to color match the bottom carpet and the plastic. From what I understand, the door panel is all 1 molded piece which should give it more long term stability and prevent it from cracking. The top velvetene crappy covering can easily be peeled off, then cleaned with goo-b-gone. Then you can glue down matching leather or fabric of your choice.

One of the biggest weakness's of the original design is the inner window sweep. The tab holes ALWAYS crack. Stapling them on is kind of ghetto to me though. However, there is plenty of clearance to Rivet them on or even bolt them on. I think Rivets would be lower profile though.

I have thought long and hard about getting a set of these, but the price point is still too high. When they get to $250-$275 I might bite on them.

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I would like to get some without any carpet or velveteen.

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I have had success by watching Ebay. I have bid on several auctions for original door panels and finally scored a set for $125 shipped. The set I got was originally for a XLT model and mine is an Eddie Bauer. What I did was trade out the trim pieces at the top and the XLT panel is now a Eddie Bauer !!

As far as condition I had one small crack in the map pocket on the drivers door. Cant event tell it is there unless you search for it.

The Ebay route can take time, but in my opinion the original panels look so much better than the Coverlay stuff. Plus the Coverlay panels are so expensive for an aftermarket item.

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