I cant get ours off our 09, so I will wait and see if anyone has a clue here.
I asked this question on some website and emailed back and forth with an 11 year Chrysler tech, and I still can not get the son of a mother ****ing ***** off.
I think you are right, there has to be some easy trick, but I sure as **** cant figure it out.
I am trying to remove the panel to get to the door latch motor.
here is what the guy told me...
Basically, start by removing the door panel and speaker. Then release the window from the regulator, depending on whether it's been updated or not it'll either have a plastic tab to release the window glass or a couple metal clips, once you have the window free you can tilt it down towards the front of the vehicle, allowing it to come out of the run channel, then you can pull it out the top of the door. At this point you should be able to just unbolt the rear run channel and push it out of the way so you can access the latch.
If you're having issues working around the plastic part(carrier plate) you can remove it to gain more access.
You'll still need to remove the glass first, there is a tape covered access hole in the panel, if you remove the tape you'll be able to access the glass release more easily, usually I go through the speaker hole, but, going through the small access hole you'll be able to use a screwdriver to depress the release tab and remove the glass once you get the window at the correct height.
Once you have the window removed you can remove all of the bolts around the perimeter of the panel, and the three bolts that go to the latch, you can then pull the whole assembly out of the door, you'll just have to disconnect the linkage that runs up to the outside handle.
This seems really difficult because it is, especially your first time in one of these door.