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Old 16th January 2011, 13:06   #1
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It's been quite sometime since my car underwent some minor modifications, the reason for the change was the after market power windows switch boxes which were causing discomfort to the people sitting at the rear end and taking too much space on both the sides.
I set about doing a modification which should be simple and look good. My initial idea was to remove all the individual switches and only use driver side control, I took the help of my brother-in law for this. He has good technical skills in electrical and electronics. We did some trial and errors and found that the idea is not feasible. We had a look at the individual switch boxes and found that the switches were held to the box with a clamp type lock, then struck the idea why not put the switches on the plastic door panel ?
We removed the plastic panels and then marked the switch position, cut it and put the switch there. A few days before we did this change, I had changed the power window switch box position on the front side close to bottle holder on the pocket at the bottom, reason being discomfort to the driver and co-driver, so I did not change its position because it served my purpose. All the work was done in house.
I have posted the pictures below of the modification and the before and after pictures showing the change
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Old 16th January 2011, 14:37   #2
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Red face Too much work

IMO too much work for nothing because the front door pockets are rendered unusable and the place where the rear winders were there is a big hole . I just fitted front 2 pw for my alto lxi @ 4600 inc up module and I to find the switches touch my knees the previous winders being thinner and all . But I still prefer it that way . PS alto has less space than your car . Just y viewpoint.
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Anky thanks for your comment. On the rear doors no holes have been left, its been covered with fabric. Spark has lot of storage space inside so compromising on the front door pockets was not an issue. I have received mixed response so far but my intention was just to see whether an after market power windows can be fitted in a different way. Again thanks for the honest comment.
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I understand the intention of the Mod. What you tried to achieve is a factory look as compared to an Aftermarket one. Good attempt. Some complete pics with the doors covered in fabric would good to have here.
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Both the front and rear look well executed, but I like the way the rear has been done more. By the way, how have you managed to cover up the holes left by the erstwhile winders?
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I have uploaded close up pictures here, look for the black fabric cut in circular shape. This is nothing but the cloth used on speaker planks, I used black fabric because there is lot of black color inside
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Hi I think ur work is great but try with a sofa maker he may match the black fabric to the oe door pad color , also some cars have thicker door handles/armrests at front (old zen) and back , there it is easier to fit the pw switches .
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I agree with anky, although the black does not look bad either, but a similar color would have looked much more better. Just my opinion.
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Thanks to both of you for the suggestion, will definitely do the change of material. As Anky has mentioned there are quite a few cars where the P/W switches can be fitted in differently.
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