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post #16 of 20 Old 05-29-2013, 11:43 AM
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Best solution (I think)

First time I replaced the interior door handle took me 4 hours. Second time 15 minutes. Here's how I did it:
1) remove screw holding interior door handle mechanism onto the door.
2) pull outside door handle open and stuff a rag under it to hold the door latch open. This moves the latch rod forward at least 1 inch and gives you more finger room.
3) pull the inside latch mechanism out and tilt it downward so that you can remove the top retainer with your fingers. You may be able to push a long skinny object between the clip and the rod to pop the clip loose. I used a long small screw driver while I pulled on the clip with my finger. Remove the top clip first because that allows you to pull the mechanism out even farther to remove the bottom clip.

4) on the new door handle remove the top plastic retainer clip to get it out of the way. Do this by pinching the bottom of the clip with pliers to make it small enough to pull the retainer clip out of the mechanism. This gives you another inch of finger room.

5) you can now use your fingers and hold your mouth just right while you maneuver the bottom rod into the bottom clip of the new door latch. I used needle nose pliers to clamp the clip in place on the rod after I finagled the rod downward into the latch.

6) put the top plastic clip back into the mechanism by just pressing it into the hole it came out of.

7) tilt the mechanism downward while you place the top rod into the clip. Push the clip onto the rod with your fingers.

Note: removing the inside door panel is no benefit. (At least on my '93 it was no help. I removed it the first time, it was a waste of time.) The mechanism with the red colored clips goes on the driver's side - green clips, passenger side. I don't know if it matters but the first time I bought the cheapest door latch handle I could find. This time I bought the most expensive one I could find. I hope it doesn't break.

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post #17 of 20 Old 02-07-2014, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by GRYDE001 View Post
great ifo there , the inner and outer latches decided to stop working today , hopefully its an easy fix , or will be tearing the doors apart
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-08-2016, 11:42 AM
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EASY 5 MINUTE WAY to change interior door handle

Found this by accident, then I felt dumb for all the time I wasted. You will too, but its ok cause now we all know.

1. Unscrew the screw in the interior door handle bezel.
2. Pull out the bezel just enough to get a small screw driver in the bottom and top
3. Look for the 2 plastic pieces making a "V" on the top and bottom. They secure a plastic dowel, that runs through the handle and the lock rocker piece, to the outer bezel. Gently push the plastic sides of the V until the dowel is released.
4. Now separate the outer bezel from the handle and lock piece and you have tons of room to disconnect the old handle and lock from the metal rods.
5. Replace with the new ones, or in my case they were fine, the bezel is what broke around the screw, and replace the bezel.
6. Gently pull on the new handle until the plastic dowel seats back into the top and bottom V pieces.
7. Replace the screw after pushing the bezel properly back into the door panel.
8. Celebrate if you are doing this for the first time, because I just saved you 1-4 hours of frustration.




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post #20 of 20 Old 07-09-2016, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by stevedude19 View Post
Anyone know of any inner door handles that are metal? This will be the third time the passenger side needs replacing due to plastic braking. Could be partially cause I don't have bushings for my doors. And thoughts? Anyone ever make their own?
If the latch assembly , striker adjustment , door alignment , and properly lubed you should be able to open the door with your pinky finger thus not breaking the plastic handle. To get my doors to work properly I had to remove , clean and lube the latch assemblies , replace door hinge bushings and adjust the door and striker. I eventually had to replace one (drivers) latch assembly because the lock kept hanging up. I have repaired door mechanisms for over 40 years and the Jeep full doors are the hardest to get right and they are the most fragile. I even got locked out of my new CJ-8 back in 1982.

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