Mustang Door Panel Insert Installation

Posted 12/19/2013 by Jeff Jimenez

The 94-04 Mustang had a neat little Door Panel Insert integrated in to the Door panel that housed the Switch Panel as well as the Door Pull. Because this is a high-wear area & the Mustang Door Panel Insert is plastic, they are known to break. Sometimes only the Door Panel Insert Retaining Clip is missing or faulty, & we have those too, just in case!

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The odds are if you own or have owned a 94-04 Mustang then you have experienced issues  with a door panel insert. Often these scratch, start peeling or just plain break. No worries... we have you covered when it comes to replacement door panel inserts. Installation is quick and easy. We offer Ford Original door panel inserts for all models of Mustangs 94-04. They come in either black or charcoal finish depending on year model. The 94-98 Mustang door panel inserts feature a true black finish where the 99-04 Mustang door panel inserts feature a charcoal finish. If you have a parchment (tan) panel insert you will need to purchase some interior paint to make these match. Another notable difference in the door panel inserts is the fact that the driver's side door panel insert is different for the coupes and convertibles. Convertibles have an extra set of window switches for the quarter window switches.

For the install, I used the new Mustang aftermarket door panel insert. It is only available for the driver's side door and comes in a black textured finish. This door panel insert matches the 94-98 style black door panel inserts.  If you wish to use it on your 99-04 Mustang, you will need to paint it to match the color of your door panel - 99-04 Mustang Interior Paint. This door panel insert includes a new clip.  Note: texture on the aftermarket door panel insert is not an exact match to the original piece.

Installation:

  1. Start by prying the top of the door panel insert away from the door panel. You will notice a small indention that you can insert a small flat head screw driver into to pry. With the top pried away from the door panel you can now pull up on the panel insert. If your panel insert clip is in good working order,  you will need to pull up with some force near the rear of the insert where the clip is located. Often times the door panel insert clips loosen or stop working - especially if the door panel insert has been removed a couple times. If the rear of door panel insert does not stay in place, you may only need to replace the clips.

    Mustang Door Panel Insert Installation - SN95 Mustang Door Panel Insert Install
  2. With the door panel insert removed from the door panel, you can now turn the door panel insert so that you can access the wiring harness connections to the mirror switch, door lock switch and window switches. This is a good time to replace any switches that are not functioning. For easier access to the lock and window switches, disconnect the mirror switch first. Pry up on the grey tab and pull the wiring harness connection out of the mirror switch. The lock and mirror switches are held in place by two philips head screws. Remove the screws and the switch assembly can be pull away for the door panel insert. Next, remove the window switch from our old door panel insert. The switch is held in place by tabs on all four sides. Press in the tabs and push the switch out of the door panel insert. I found that starting 1 or 2 of the tabs with a flat head screw driver works best. Continue to push and hold the slight pressure as you push in each tab and the switch will "pop" right out.

    Mustang Door Panel Insert Installation - SN95 Mustang Door Panel Insert Install
  3. Now you can insert the mirror switch into the new door panel insert. Next install the lock and window switch assembly with the two screws from the original door panel insert. Then connect the wiring harness connection to mirror switch. Simply align the new door panel insert and press it into place. Since the new door panel insert includes a new clip, it may take quite a bit of pressure to get the clip to snap into place. You can now enjoy to new door panel insert.

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Published on 2013-10-15
The 94-04 Mustang Door Panel Inserts, also known as Mustang Door Handle Cup, are notorious for breaking, fading and peeling. The door inserts are handled every time you close and open the door so they get a ton of wear and tear. Follow along in the video as Jmac shows you how to remove/install a 94-04 Mustang door panel insert door panel cup.

Our 94-04 Mustang Door Panel Inserts are available in both black and charcoal colors. We have Ford Original (OEM) and aftermarket panels. If you need these to match your parchment (tan) interior you will need to paint them.

Don't forget to replace those broken and faded Mustang Power Window Switches while changing out the door panel insert.

These door panel inserts fit the following year model Mustangs:
1994 (94) - 1995 (95) - 1996 (96) - 1997 (97) - 1998 (98) - 1999 (99) - 2000 (00) - 2001 (01) - 2002 (02) - 2003 (03) - 2004 (04)

These door panel inserts fit the following Mustang models: GT, V6, Cobra, Bullitt and Mach 1
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1994 to 2004 Mustangs are notorious for having broken door panel inserts. Replacing them is super easy and takes just a few minutes of your time.

To remove year old one, start at the top here. Push down and pull out. Relieve that top clip. Pull up on the front, and then release the clip back here at the back just by pulling up.

Then you can pull your wiring harness out a little bit, grab your flat blade screwdriver, and remove the connector for your power mirror switch. Then grab you a Phillips head, and remove the two screws holding the switch panel to the door panel insert.

The switch panel comes free. Now you've got two tabs that hold this power mirror switch into place. You're going to have to press both of them in and try and shove it out at the same time. It will take a little bit of effort to get it free. It'll snap out.

Then you can grab your new door panel insert. Now this is a direct fit for '94 to '98 because it's already black. If you've got a '94 to '04, you will need to paint it.

Snap your mirror switch back into place. Engage your door lock switches. Finger start your two screws. Then take your Phillips screwdriver, and tighten them down. You don't want to over tighten them because you don't want to break your new bezel.

Then you can plug in your power mirror switch. And your new bezel comes with a new clip, so you don't have to transfer the old one.

To reinstall, slide your switch all the way up into place. Engage the back of the insert, and slide the clip into place. And then engage your top clip, and you're done.

Now again, '99 to '04, you will have to paint it. Now for the correct interior color, go to our website, check out our interior paint and dye section. Once you find the correct color for your car, click on the video and watch how to paint the plastic and vinyl interior trim parts.

Now for more interior restoration tips, check out latemodelrestoration.com.

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Mustang Door Panel Insert Installation Tech Info

Ford Mustang - 1994 (94) - 1995 (95) - 1996 (96) - 1997 (97) - 1998 (98) - 1999 (99) - 2000 (00) - 2001 (01) - 2002 (02) - 2003 (03) - 2004 (04)