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Author Topic: Rear Window Louvers 3rd Gen Charger  (Read 10183 times)
1971SE440
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« on: September 15, 2006, 07:27:57 AM »

I know the repoduction louvers are around $1500 so I just purchased these from a nice guy on ebay for $350. He makes them out of his home for many different makes and models. I have yet to install. I just layed it over the back window to see how they look. What do you guys think?


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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006, 11:30:09 AM »

Looks like you mad the cops mad!

I honestly think it looks pretty good, if my car wasnt a SE I'd buy a set for it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2006, 01:11:42 PM »

I think they look great and 99.9% of the people out there would have no clue that they're not like the originals. The key is how do they attach? I wouldn't want a $350 set of louvers flying off and hitting a $75,000 Mercedes. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006, 03:28:56 AM »

Is this the same guy/co. that advertises these things in the back of mags like "Mopar Action"? Whats the difference between these and the origianls? 
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2006, 03:51:19 AM »

They look good from here.  I'll repeat the question, how do they differ from originals?
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2006, 09:51:52 AM »

The original and reporduction's I have seen are made from some kind of plastic material. The one I purchased off of ebay are metal. The photo is an original rear window louver for the 3rd gen Charger's.


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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2006, 10:19:01 PM »

Not much chance of these louvers flying off as long as your window molding are properly attached.  Took a little grinding to get a somewhat decent fit.  Still worth the money.  I paid $350 with free shipping.


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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2006, 11:04:47 AM »

Charger500...

I just finished grinding today to get a better fit. What did you use to attach mounting hardware. I was going to RTV sealer.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2006, 05:26:06 PM »

Ya I used RTV on those bottom plates.  These louvers haven't moved since I installed them mid summer.  No noise or rattles either.  My buddies OEM louvers on his Cuda rattle and make all sorts of annoying noises.  I am not impressed with the fit on the top molding line at the corners,  but still not complaining for the price.
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2006, 09:40:18 PM »

Just curious....How are the repro louvers secured? Do they have some kind of brackets that slide underneath the rear window trim?  I bought a set on ebay a couple days ago, should have them later next week.
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2006, 11:41:07 PM »

The louvers fit with a hinged flange on the top that slides under the window trim.  I had to cut both ends of mine off a little. The bottom attaches with brackets that bolt onto the bottom of the rails and fit under the lower window trim. Solid aluminium and well constructed,  but took a little grinding mostly on the top corners to lower the louver closer to the body for my liking.  Nice guy to work with too for any questions.
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2006, 07:27:49 AM »

chgr500...

Did you use RTV sealer for the top bracket or just the lower ones?
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2006, 10:26:34 AM »

Honestly, I think they look good.  I really don't know anything about the originals, I have never seen an original set in perons, but I knowm they are rare.  I think that you did great, expecially for the price! 
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2006, 10:56:28 AM »

I only used the RTV on the bottom plates.  Again they are securely fastened and I have no fear of them flying off.  They hold well at 100mph LOL.  I seen a cracked used set that need work sell on eBay yesterday for the sellers reserve price of $2000
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&item=290029518621&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2006, 09:31:00 PM »

The original louvres are made of fiberglasss.
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2006, 07:20:41 AM »

The originals were a type of injected plastic material. The repros from Dayclona are fiberglass. Gean Gregory is reproducing them exactly like the originals. $1500
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2006, 03:52:34 AM »

"The louvers fit with a hinged flange on the top that slides under the window trim.  "

That's how the louvers installed on the L-Body Chargers/Turismos. In 20 years, I never had a problem with the louvers on my Shelby Charger. The only thing I didn't like was that, over time, they ground the glass where the plastic covered pieces rode on the window.
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2006, 06:09:31 AM »

For anyone who has bought these louvers on ebay..... how long did it take for you to get them??  I paid for mine 5-6 weeks ago and still no louvers. Apparently the seller makes them AFTER you buy. Seems like a dumb arse way of doing business to me.
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2006, 06:30:15 AM »

they look good ,if the fit is good thats a great price.
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2006, 07:20:45 PM »

For anyone who has bought these louvers on ebay..... how long did it take for you to get them?? I paid for mine 5-6 weeks ago and still no louvers. Apparently the seller makes them AFTER you buy. Seems like a dumb arse way of doing business to me.
The seller did the same thing for me when I purchased my louvers.  Took about 6 weeks for arrival shipped to Canada.  If you phone or email the fellow he is very responsive to calls.  I believe he farms this work out to another company to build the louvers for him and he's the middle man.
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« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2006, 09:00:49 PM »

Quick question: Do you have the link to this guys site/e-bay item, as I would really like to purchase a set for my 72 Rallye. I really think that they would look good on this car.
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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2006, 09:05:03 PM »

Quick question: Do you have the link to this guys site/e-bay item, as I would really like to purchase a set for my 72 Rallye. I really think that they would look good on this car.
Thanks
Gary
Gary, here is a link to the ebay auction that i "won". 
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2013, 06:01:17 PM »

Does anyone know where to get these charger louvers (the cheaper ones)Huh?
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2013, 01:37:49 PM »

Does anyone know where to get these charger louvers (the cheaper ones)Huh?

I think they quit making them a few years ago. I do believe I got the last one. A friend of mine bought it, did not care for it and gave it to me.
 
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