Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

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Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby MotoAce51 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:24 am

Ok, I was starting to get pissed off about the window switch bezel being broken, but I was too cheap to buy one. So I came up with the mother of all fixes for this! Here it goes....

1: Get a "Frozen Juice Concentrate" container. The ones with the tin top that comes off.


2: Take off the top and clean it.


3: Measure about 3/4" of an inch off the side and draw a straight line across the cap.

4: Cut across the line as smoothly as possible. I used side cutters for the rim and scissors for the main part of the tin. You resulting product should look like this.


5: Take the switches off the bezel.


6: Hold the piece of tin you cut up to the switches and mark the holes.


7: Drill/ punch out the holes.


8: Assemble. Bezel ~> Plate ~> switches (NOTE: The lip is away from the bezel. This will fit a little looser in the door making it easier to install and uninstall. You can install it the other way but it goes in really tight.)


9: Install in the Vibe. Its a tight fit, so you will need to push down to fit the back in. once its in place, pop the front in.


10: Smile and say "Damn, David you are a freakin’ genius!" And go make the juice you bought for this project....

BRAAAP!!!!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

Postby KITT222 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:58 am

That's... brilliant, actually. Well done. This will be perfect for Applejuice and his Vibe!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

Postby tpollauf » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:48 pm

Quote, originally posted by MotoAce51 »

10: Smile and go make the juice you bought for this project....

Very nice work and to think you got it done in plenty of time .... the juice didn't expire till June 2013

Here's just another fine example of how many possibilities exist when needing to make a repair or modification. Plus what better way so show the environment that you did your part and recycled the can Again, nice work and thanks a ton for the detailed pics showing the progress. Hopefully this benefits other 03-08 Vibe owners out there

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

Postby lovemyraffe » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:22 am

Damn, David you are a freakin’ genius!

Will be working on this this weekend.

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

Postby TONY TAT2 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:56 am

love it !
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Postby MotoAce51 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:13 am

Nothing has moved yet. This is the best mod I have done so far.
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Postby A Psycho Martyr » Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:41 am

This is actually pretty freakin smart...

INCREDIBLE job and inginuity

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Postby tribalman » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:10 pm

and here i was thinking of using Green Stuff to fix mine.
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Postby beemerphile1 » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:48 pm

After reading the OP I thought that this person must be a Yankee. Sure enough, I checked and this is Yankee ingenuity. Run on over to Bully Hill and have some wine for me!
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Postby MotoAce51 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:31 am

Tonight is Blue Newt wine. Yesterday was Glenora. Tomorrow Ill have some Bully Hill Traminette...
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

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Postby playzkeyz » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:22 am

Works like a charm. Thanks so much!

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Postby Serj22 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:33 am

Nice idea, I will be doing this today. I had no idea everyone's switch set was hanging off like that. THought I just got a broken one when I bought it or something. How did you discover this though? Were you smacking it with the frozen juice till you had an epiphany?

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Postby KNINE » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:35 am

Quote, originally posted by TONY TAT2 »
love it !

Ditto!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (MotoAce51)

Postby CAMOGIRL » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:23 pm

Why am I just seeing this now... I keep super gluing mine.
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Postby chadhgraves » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:02 pm

Sorry for bumping an old post, but this is a great idea!. I've been dealing with a broken panel for so long, I've just learned to ignore it. It would always slide around and looked like crap. I saw this post and immediately started rummaging through the cabinets for a can to open up. Followed your guide and had a fixed panel in 5 mins. It fits great and looks just like it did when I bought it. Thanks again!


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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Paco » Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:25 am

This was a great fix! If only the engineers could have thought of it.

Brilliant!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby BlackbeardBen » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:34 am

Thanks again for a great fix!

Looks almost like new on mine now, though I suspect with a bit wider section of can it would fit perfectly.
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby afterburner6794 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:28 am

This is an absolutely brilliant piece of engineering. I just joined GenVibe, and this is exactly why. These forums seem to be filled with great people, and I'm proud to now be a part of it!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby ColonelPanic » Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:13 pm

afterburner6794 wrote:This is an absolutely brilliant piece of engineering. I just joined GenVibe, and this is exactly why. These forums seem to be filled with great people, and I'm proud to now be a part of it!


That is very cool -- I haven't seen this thread before. That is a great fix, wish I would have known that back when I had my Vibe with the same problem. 8-)

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Caretaker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:58 pm

afterburner6794 wrote: I just joined GenVibe, and this is exactly why.


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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby luvmy03vibe » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:52 pm

Good fix, but can you help me, mine is in worse shape. Attached photos show that where you are attaching the juice lid, my screw holders are broken off and the screw post at the other end is also broken off. Any help would be appreciated, before I resort to my duct tape and zip ties and superglue. (and yes I have cleaned off all the dust) :roll:
Well, I have been trying to add 3 photos, uh, how do I do that? :oops:
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby KITT222 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:03 pm

luvmy03vibe wrote:Well, I have been trying to add 3 photos, uh, how do I do that? :oops:


External hosting site, such as Photobucket, or add them as an attachment. Below where you type your message will be a tab labelled "upload attachment."

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby AbbyNormal » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:11 pm

You, dear sir or madam, are indeed a genius.

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Salsa Guy » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:07 am

Just did the same fix but it still slid a bit. What I did was take the middle part of the lid moved it to the outside drilled my holes, trimmed the excess on both sides excepted I left a tab on the outside and bent it down towards the bezel. That kept it sliding down away from the door. Will post pics later.
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby kaflex » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:00 am

I also just did this...best thing ever. cheap and easy fix
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby oscarjm » Thu May 01, 2014 10:03 am

Awesome! I have this same issue on my passenger side! I'm a big fan of cutting into old license plates to rig things up, so this is right up my alley!

*Edit- the passenger side setup is different- I unfortunately have to order a new/used bezel instead. Bummer!
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Mark » Sat May 03, 2014 9:54 am

D@^^n, David you are a freakin’ genius!

Finally got around to doing this today. Took all of 10 min, including explaining to the wife why I was taking a lid from a frozen lemonade can.

Don't know how many times I've retrieved the plastic hooks from inside the door and super glued them back on.
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby bigbill25 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:16 pm

Another satisfied customer! Thanks!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Flip-Side » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:10 pm

Much better than the tongue depressor and glue that I used. And I get to drink all the Five Alive I can handle!
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby cwl5005 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:49 pm

This was great! I don't mean to bring up an old thread but is was extremely easy and quick.

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby psiu » Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:53 am

Did this today. Still slides around a bit like someone mentioned above (I actually still had one post tab keeping it in place to begin with -- it almost looks like the door panel part is busted a little :shock: ) but it's in pretty solid and takes some serious effort.

Bonus: get to have some OJ and confused the heck out of my wife :mrgreen:

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby ToyMaker » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:42 pm

Just got a 2004 Vibe and did the fix. Thank you from Canadiana!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Hope2BuyVibeTomorrow » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:14 pm

Just bought an 04' Vibe (<3ing it so far) and will be trying this fix this week, thank you in advance for the brilliance and ingenuity! I thought my bezel was just a rare dud , but looks like others have the same issues! Mass production at its finest.

Does the bezel simply pop out when lifted up vertically with enough force? Mine just wobbles a quarter inch left and right right now , so I wouldn't want to break it.

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby lannvouivre » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:23 am

The top end pops up, then you slide it forward to avoid breaking the two horizontal tabs at the bottom.
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Colorado80017 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:57 pm

Brilliant fix - I used an aluminum cinnamon roll lid. My 2003 was broken by the dealer during a window recall. Found it was loose too late to take it back. Now I again have a tight fitting window switch bezel. Thank You!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby brandontw » Sun May 03, 2015 3:05 pm

Dave, you are a god among men.

Finally got around to doing this to my vibe today. Took 10 mins, no more janky control panel, and Sunday afternoon screwdrivers to celebrate with the OJ I bought just for this.

Thanks again!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby mbz321 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:16 pm

Wow...I don't know why I didn't do this earlier. I kept messing around with glue and such but it would always pop back off. Did this and the panel fits perfectly!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Wingsfan19 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:47 pm

This is certainly an ingenious fix, and I was all set to try it but my window bezel has a LOT of wear. Turns out you can order the Toyota part 74232-01030 from Amazon for only $15.93. According to customer comments, this works on the Vibe and it certainly looks the same. I just ordered it today and will post an update when it arrives and I have installed it. BTW, MUCH cheaper than the GM part!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby Wingsfan19 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:08 pm

Wingsfan19 wrote:This is certainly an ingenious fix, and I was all set to try it but my window bezel has a LOT of wear. Turns out you can order the Toyota part 74232-01030 from Amazon for only $15.93. According to customer comments, this works on the Vibe and it certainly looks the same. I just ordered it today and will post an update when it arrives and I have installed it. BTW, MUCH cheaper than the GM part!


Received the part today, fits and looks great!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby mktrat » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:44 am

So I modified the modification a bit........

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Great solution!! Thanks!!
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby SlammedNiss » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:25 pm

Gonna be replacing the driver's door lock actuator on the wife's 11 y/o Rav4, and in the process of taking the door panel off, broke this very clip. Will be finding out soon enough if this fix also works on a Rav.
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby KnightmareCS » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:54 pm

Worked great for me with a condensed milk can. THANKS!!!!

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby jayoldschool » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:42 am

Another great thread for us second owners. Thanks for the bump.

We need a new FAQ...

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby EyeDocWA » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:23 pm

I'm sure it'd work better with the photos, but alas, Photobucket put the screws to the recipient's posting :evil:

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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby ColonelPanic » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:50 am

EyeDocWA wrote:I'm sure it'd work better with the photos, but alas, Photobucket put the screws to the recipient's posting :evil:


I don't want to think of how many other helpful how-to's across various forums they've made not-as-helpful overnight with the change in their terms of service. :cry:

Fortunately, all the OP has to do to get the pics to show up again is to pay them $399/year as that is the only tier which has 3rd party image linking capability! :D

The other option for Photobucket users (myself included) is to move to a new image host and edit each post with links to the new image location. It's going to be a lot of work...
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Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

Postby bigdoug » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:56 pm

Well, I tried to fix this like the instructions above say, but found out it wasn't the clip on the bezel that was broken. Instead, it was the armrest itself.

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Halp!

I'm going to try something similar using the juice can lid method, but with small screws and stuff. Hopefully it will work.


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