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Old 07-19-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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hello all! is there some trick to removing and reinstalling the outer door handle assembly on a yj?i finally got the old one out and am having a heck of a time installing the new one! ive got the side retainers(?) started but i vcant get them to slide down far enough to hold the handle assembly in place!:ban ghead:

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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Yeah they are an extreme PITA. It's a really tight fit (maybe because of the new gasket), and the only way I could get the retainers back in was by tapping them with a small hammer. Which meant I had to put them in up from the bottom to get a swing at them. Only problem is in that direction if they loosen up they'll fall out, but I tried to bend that little clip into them in a way that should prevent them from slipping out. Not looking forward to doing the other side.

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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It's not hard if you have a 6' heel bar, witch is a bar with a hook on one end and apoint on the other, you can put the slideing retainer in from the side just the point of it behind the spring clip, then use the heel bar, hook the heel of the bar on the wide part of the sideing retainer pull the retainer in to place, yes it sounds easy when you are wrighting it on the screen but it's not, I just did mine, be carfull you don't brake the sping that holds the door handle closed when you are trying to install the latch in the door.
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Hey guns-r-us are these full doors? If so there should be a small retainer slip that locks in the cog once you get it tapped far enough. GL man...they really are a PITA. I used a huge flat head and a hammer to get where I could hit it hard enough to seat the side lock (retainer) At first I wondered what it was when I found it loose in the door, (little wiggly bugger), sorry don't have a pic, but it looks like a bobby pin and (those black thing you mom used in her hair) and locks the the side retainers in place, once you get it tight. If you don't have the retainer, it will just vibrate loose again.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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Hey guns-r-us are these full doors? If so there should be a small retainer slip that locks in the cog once you get it tapped far enough. GL man...they really are a PITA. I used a huge flat head and a hammer to get where I could hit it hard enough to seat the side lock (retainer) At first I wondered what it was when I found it loose in the door, (little wiggly bugger), sorry don't have a pic, but it looks like a bobby pin and (those black thing you mom used in her hair) and locks the the side retainers in place, once you get it tight. If you don't have the retainer, it will just vibrate loose again.
yeah, full doors. just got done with the one side. i disconnected the door glass, and tapped the retainers in from the top with a flat pry bar and hammer! what a pita! im not looking forward to the other side!
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