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Old 11-19-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Going to be replacing my running board (the long strip of black plastic that runs, below and all along the front and back door) on the side of my 97 SL. Going to a Pick & Pull and wonder if the right or left sides are interchangeable? Even though I need the one on the driver's side of the car, I'd prefer to snag one on the passenger side because they are usually in better shape. (In the picture, the running board is between the two, red lines.) Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:50 PM   #2
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They have different part numbers according to what I can find. Can't hurt to pull both from a car in the yard and compare and see what the differences are though.

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Old 11-19-2017, 07:52 PM   #3
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They have different part numbers according to what I can find. Can't hurt to pull both from a car in the yard and compare and see what the differences are though.
Okay, thank you for your input. I'll pull both and see if I can mount the left on the right side.

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Old 11-19-2017, 08:23 PM   #4
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Why not put on a ‘real’ running board? I’ll bet that cat would appreciate a free lift around town. You could slow down and watch him hop off in front of the fish store.

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Old 11-19-2017, 08:24 PM   #5
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Why not put on a ‘real’ running board? I’ll bet that cat would appreciate a free lift around town. You could slow down and watch him hop off in front of the fish store.
Hey, the "king" around here has enough things to play with.

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Old 11-20-2017, 08:12 AM   #6
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I wouldn't think they would be the same as they are held in with plastic retainer pins top and bottom. The alignment wouldn't be the same due to the different lengths of doors and what not.

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Old 11-20-2017, 09:28 AM   #7
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I wouldn't think they would be the same as they are held in with plastic retainer pins top and bottom. The alignment wouldn't be the same due to the different lengths of doors and what not.
Okay, I'll make sure it fits on the "junker" before I buy. Do you know if it's just a matter of pulling it straight off the clips? Thanks,
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:51 AM   #8
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5-6 clips on the bottom, another one on 1, maybe both, ends hidden under plastic. Then you have to slide it either forward or back to get it off. I don't remember which direction, but there should be a stopper lip on one side that isn't on the other, slide in the direction the stopper lip is on.


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Old 11-20-2017, 10:00 AM   #9
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5-6 clips on the bottom, another one on 1, maybe both, ends hidden under plastic. Then you have to slide it either forward or back to get it off. I don't remember which direction, but there should be a stopper lip on one side that isn't on the other, slide in the direction the stopper lip is on.


Hopefully you find a '96-'99 SL2 of the same body color so you can upgrade the bumpers and exterior door handles too
I would think you would slide it forward, just because of hitting something under there would force the whole bar backward, to possibly pop off but I'll see when I get there. So you mean pull out on the whole thing first, then slide it either forward or backward?
Yes, I would like to especially upgrade the four handles but I kind of like the bumper being black because they usually get all scraped up and when mine does, I just paint it again with flat black. Looks pretty good. In fact, I'm due now. Thank you for the advice and info!

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Okay, I'll make sure it fits on the "junker" before I buy. Do you know if it's just a matter of pulling it straight off the clips? Thanks,
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The retainer pins are part number 11589289 and look like the photo below. You pry up on them to release and then re-position your pry tool and pull them out. You can see the slight notch in the photo where you would put your pry tool.


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Old 11-20-2017, 11:52 AM   #11
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The retainer pins are part number 11589289 and look like the photo below. You pry up on them to release and then re-position your pry tool and pull them out. You can see the slight notch in the photo where you would put your pry tool.

Oh, okay! Yes, they use those all over the place on my Saturn. After they're out then you must also slide the whole bar left or right, then off? Thanks!

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I think Saturn calls it a rocker panel. See step 2 here

http://www.differentracing.com/tech_...lswfender.html

GM Nalley or one of those parts sites might show a diagram of where all the pins are

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Ah, yes. Those are great, fast to remove, etc. Sometime I munch them up but I'll be careful and bring all the extra ones with me from the j. yard. I know it looks very easy but I've found that many times, there's that little "forward or reverse slide" or trick you must do or you'll break something off. Thank you for the ref. drawings!

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Well, just got done painting my old bumpers and they look pretty darn good! In the past, I would spray paint them and let the coats build up. Looked terrible. This time, before just going to the junkyard to replace with another junkyard bumper cover, I had nothing to lose by trying to sand the current bumper on my car, then paint. Well, I used fine sandpaper and "dead flat" black paint. (Rustoleum, black, flat spray paint from Home Depot that is able to be used on metal, wood or plastic) Less than four bucks a can. Used one can per bumper but again, these bumpers had been painted in the past.

I really, really sanded the heck out of them and wore some of the "texture" down in the bad spots but it's so hard to notice, you have to be actually looking close up to notice. Who knew that plastic was so hard? I then resanded with a very fine sandpaper and then spray painted.
The whole "trick" to getting an even, flat layer of paint is to paint the bumper from at least a foot or more, away----"misting" it on. The closer you get with the spray paint, the more "shiney" and uneven spots you get. By being far away from the bumper, you waste a lot of paint but it goes on flat and even. Hides a lot of marks. Really happy with the results!

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