Originally Posted by williamsct
Thanks, i'll try bending them down first,. the thought crossed my mind but I wasn't sure how ductile the metal was.
I wonder if the YJ and TJ had different size clips? Every site i've checked lists them as interchangeable though.
As a follow-up in case anybody else runs into this in the future......
I went out, removed the door handle, removed the locking clips from the handle, re-inserted the keepers and precisely whacked the metal tangs into shape. The keepers were only installed to prevent over-bending the tabs. once I did this I installed the clips in the opposite direction as when I received them, this allowed inserting the keepers in the proper direction from the top.
After doing this I followed the sweet write-up on this site about installing them and removing the window. The total install using this method took about 20 minutes and I now have a perfectly functional handle. Even with this hang-up I would definitely use the Quadratec handles again, just check the tangs and keeper fitup before installation.