Gramps (1991 Applause Ri Sports)

@ybot Good steps there, i got the door card off easy and got the front passenger speaker out, its all rotten. Ill post a step-by-step with photos for future reference (dunno if this is the right spot).

I will be purchacing new speakers tomorrow and most likely install them over the weekend.

Here is a pic of my door card for reference:


Update: Got the stereo installed, just need to adjust the screen. Going to post some pics and info on how to take the door cards off etc, sorry if im in the wrong spot for this.

Took the other Applause to hillclimb, got it up on 3 wheels haha

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Moved door trim guide to my A101 thread
Door Trims

== Applause Headunit Replacement ==

(Pics from a Gen2 but from what i can gather a Gen1 is identical apart from some electrical connector shapes)
  1. Remove the ashtray by pressing down on the top of it and pulling it out of the way. Behind it there is a single screw, remove it.
  1. From the bottom of the surrounding trim, pull up gently until it unclips then slowly work the top clips out. Do not pull hard as the cigarette lighter and (if installed) the ashtray light will be connected and damage could be done.

  2. Optional step, Remove the cigarette lighter to make working in the area easier. This is done by either removing the black pocket below the headunit and disconnecting it but there is a easier way. Unclip the white plug on the top of the cigarette lighter and then unscrew the cigarette lighter into its individual parts, then the trim should pull away easy. Here’s what you should end up with.


Bollocks forgot to post the photos I took this morning when I gave the car a clean. :rofl:

Screw in door handle comes off

Plastic shroud surrounding door lock needs to be taken out, lifted up

Larger screws in door handle to be taken out

Door light screws taken out and light fitting unplugged

Metal clip on door handle pulled, can be done with angled pliers or small hook, a bitch to get back on

Plastic triangle as previously seen

Once all the screws are done, pop the plastic screws on the inside of the door trim and twist the door handle to clear the space and lift the trim to clear the door lock and slide backwards to pull the whole trim out

As for speakers well good luck getting anything over 5 inch in unless you want to modify the door card / trim to suit a large speaker or don’t ever want to open the window :rofl::rofl::rofl:


Gen 1 and 2 would be near identical insides, gen 3 :nauseated_face::nauseated_face::nauseated_face: no idea, no ones had one in the group that’s been worked on that I can recall. Or if there is there hasn’t been much info about it posted that I’ve seen.

Installed some LED headlights and in the meantime fixing the rear bit of the car (bumper, washer pump etc) ready for rego at the end of the month. Found out on my current Applause the headlight wiring is burnt out and thats why my lowbeam is fucked haha


Finally got Gramps registered, stripped the other one out so if anyone wants to buy parts for cheap (might sell the car has 1mo rego if i cant race it) feel free to pop me a DM or text me 0412914362

Saw my old car again too


Haven’t double checked the part number with the Monroe website/ catalogue but there’s a bargain for ya

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Perfect, ill keep that bookmarked for when im ready!

If anybody is looking for parts other than the drivetrain i have a whole interior worth in my spare car…

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Probably want to snap it up asap though, never know how much longer it will be that price or still in stock

Up to you if you want to risk missing out

Fair point, true. Oh by the way, do you happen to know how to take the front bumper and grille off, want to change to the 2nd gen grille but don’t know where to start haha

More bolts than I care to remember.

The gen 2 grill has small plastic clips you can release it off the metal radiator support but be careful them as I’ve snapped more than i can remmber and ended up screwing it in to stay

Just start taking stuff off and try to remember how to get it back on haha

The strut I sent you is now about 65 bucks. I doubt it will get any cheaper but the price is now ridiculously low see if they can send it to your local store and collect it

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Thats pretty good. Ended up buying 2 for the rear should be here sometime next week

One rear left and one rear right? Thought it was only rear left :thinking::thinking::thinking:

from other listings i found online, i think theyre the same all round but the drum brake model is different, ill see when i go to install

How did the install turn out? Any problems??

Haven’t done them yet haven’t had time, also considering putting lowered springs in while the struts are out.