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Unread 06-21-2009, 05:01 AM   #1
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Interior Door Handle breaking

I own a 95 YJ. Have broken 3 interior door handles.
2 on the drivers side and 1 on the passengers side.
The plastic handles do not take the pressure required to release.
I have adjusted and lubed the door release mechanism, but stil breaking the door handle.
My question is :
Are there any after market interior door handles that are made of metal or something stronger than the plastic stock OE?
Any help would be much appreciated.

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Unread 06-21-2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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easy there hammer hands...

Sorry that's not helping, I have never seen aftermarket that were not plastic. Why don't you try and fabricate some sort of support? I actually can't even remember how the handles are shaped, even though I touch it every day, but i'm sure there would be a way of strengthening them up. I'll look later and see if I have any ideas.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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How hard is it to replace the broken ones? I'm about to try it myself.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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I have replaced several of them, since I have broken many of them.
They are not too bad.
You get real good at taking off the window crank, door strap, and door cover.
A couple of rods connected to the interior door release and one screw and their you have it.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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Mine kept breaking also. One option below (I cannot vouch for these, no info);

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jeep-...Q5fAccessories

I have solid aluminum versions but cannot find the source where I bought them right now. Let me know if interested, as I keep a binder of all reciepts and will look through it if anyone cares.
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Unread 06-29-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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Still looking. I've gone through 2 sets of the cheap plastic crappy ones on the left side. I think part of the problem in the seal around the door makes it hard to open and close. The handle can't handle the extra pressure needed to unjam the door. (plus my husbands hands)
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Unread 06-29-2011, 03:21 PM   #7
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I've broken the original and two of my "fixes" so far. That little plastic piece that holds the bars is the culprit in my case. Opening the window and reaching outside gets old but what ya gonna do? Doors are off now, but I too have to fix this again. AL would be sweet. Let me know too if you find that vendor.
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Unread 06-29-2011, 09:32 PM   #8
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Guys, to be honest I was not looking. No one responded and this post is over 2 years.

I cannot find the receipt now but took some pics so folks do not think I am nuts. These are very solidly built. Have not broke the aluminum version in ~ 4 years.

I think (?) I got these off eBay but searched just now on both eBay and the web....nothing.
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Unread 06-29-2011, 09:49 PM   #9
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Sorry, those pics are junk. Having a hard time with the reflection. Hopefully these are better.
dsc01145.jpg   dsc01144.jpg   dsc01143.jpg   dsc01142.jpg  
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I know that this is on old post. I pm'd the OP for a source for those inner door handles. Hopefully for me and everyone else he found his receipt and we can all end the inner broken door handle nightmare!!!!
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I know that this is on old post. I pm'd the OP for a source for those inner door handles. Hopefully for me and everyone else he found his receipt and we can all end the inner broken door handle nightmare!!!!

you could most likely take a set of plastic handles to a machine shop in your area. they could make a mold or blueprint of the handle and machine a set. I have never seen a billet aluminum or metal handle like that on the net.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 09:18 AM   #12
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It may help to adjust the door striker outward a little so it doesnt need so much pressure to open the door. Especially true if you have new door weatherstrips.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 11:10 AM   #13
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It may help to adjust the door striker outward a little so it doesnt need so much pressure to open the door. Especially true if you have new door weatherstrips.
I did that just in case but the El Cheahpo Dorman handle broke at the socket where the rod goes through the plastic handle......again.
I am hoping to find the aluminum units stevehoj mentioned.
In the meantime I have been tinkin' about creating a mod to make the plastic handle stronger or to replace it completely. If I create a new unit I will start a new thread about my 'ventures' but mention the new link here also.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 11:18 AM   #14
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Just stumbled across this zombie thread, and OMG, must...have...billet...handles. Found a company called Petroworks, who makes those handles... for Samurai'. Only. Wtf. Having those cast or machined would b cost prohibitive. And... obviously, someone made the ones pictured, so let's find em.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 08:24 PM   #15
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Ok guys, I will once again look through all my receipts tonight. I keep everything and to be frank, it ticks me off I could not find the source where I got these years ago.

I still have the Jeep and they are nice handles. No issues with installation besides opening up the door recess slightly so they slippped in better (little die grinder work).

Will report back.
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