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Old 06-17-2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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Removal of outside door handles

I'm thinking of repainting my outside door handles. It's a 2001 Wrangler with full doors. The current paint is peeling off so I need to remove the old paint first before applying any primer/paint. Removal of the door handles seems to be the best way to go since I can sand blast the older paint off, clean it, prime it, and paint it. how are these door handles removed? easy? Hard? better to leave them installed and do everything on the door?

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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I might do the same..

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Old 06-17-2010, 09:04 AM   #3
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I might do the same..
Stay tuned! Hopefully someone can give a good walkthrough. I'm sure it involves removal of the inside door panel, but after that, well, there's window and whatever connects the handles together. Locking mechanism, etc...

I've messed around in doors before and hate it, figure someones done this before so I don't have to scratch my head and curse.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:08 AM   #4
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I was going to just tape it off and try it with them on there, but taking them off would be the right (clean) way to do it..
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:52 PM   #5
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I replaced both my door handles a few months back because of rust. They are a pain in the ass if you have never done it before. After you get the hang of the first one though they are pretty easy. Here is a short walkthrough from what I remember, some things may be different or a little off.

1. undo all the screws, located on inside handle, down low on the inside panel and a few in the middle I think
2. You will need something to take the roll up handle off if your windows are manual like mine were. You can use a piece of cardboard with a notch in it, or you can buy a door handle remover tool from a car part store. Basically their is a piece of small metal that you are trying to push out.
3. Another tricky part was when you have to take the inside door handle off, this is done by lifting two medal rods off pin hooks, and by undoing a cotter pin.
4. Take the panel off and you are left with a bare metal door. I am not sure why they have so much metal showing, maybe for accident protection. Anyways this makes it difficult to access the door handle from the inside. You must have lots of patience and a long pair of needle nose pliers. You need to pull off some more metal pieces that are holding these alligator looking jaws in place on the door handle. Not sure of all the correct terminology so bare with me here. Then you push up the alligator pieces and your door handle is free. When you put the door handle back you should put the metal pieces back that hold the alligator pieces in, but I didn't on one of mine and it seems to be fine.

Not the best write up, but let me know if you need more help.
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seems like there was a very detailed write-up about this a while back. you may want to try searching it.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:57 AM   #7
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i'll just add a little more descriptive verbage. yes it is a pain in the arse.

on the front and rear side of the exterior door handle is a stepped wedge shaped metal piece that would resemble a stairway.

the wedge is driven in from the top down. as the wedge is driven down it slides under a stationary small metal retaining clip. the clip sets in the steps of the stairs keeping the wedge from working loose.

in order to remove the wedge i used a long scribe that was bent on the end in an "L" shape. place the bottom of the "L" shape under the stationary metal clip and lift it off the stepped wedge. now with your other 2 hands carefully tap the wedge upward until it is out from under the retainng clip. the forard one is a litttle more difficult. the wedges have to be all the way up away from the handle.

again a small metal rod is attached to the handle with a cotter pin that must be removed.

window must be all the way up. ensure your door gasket is properly seated under the handle (not bulging out) when reinstalling.

since your rig is an '01 i'd consider replacing them is your budget allows. i went the cheap route and replaced only the passenger side. replacing them makes your door so much quieter when shut, back to that new sound.
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