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Unread 06-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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TJ Door Handles Open The Wrong Way!

I noticed that the door handles on the TJ open the opposite direction of the CJ. WHY? It seems to make more since to have them open like the CJ. Has anyone noticed this, and have any of you tried to reverse them? I would like to turn them around so you can pull them open instead of trying to get your thumb in there to pry them. What do you think or is it just me?

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Unread 06-09-2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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Just use your other hand. No you cannot turn them over.
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Unread 06-09-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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I hate the direction you have to pull the handle to open the door too but as moparjunkee already said, you can't just flip them over so they open the other direction. That was a bad change IMHO but there's nothing we can do about it. At least not easily.
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Unread 06-09-2008, 01:09 PM   #4
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think they did it to keep mudd and crap outta the door handles by aiming them backwards...x2 on Jerry's comment, it was a very bad design change. Id rather have mud in my handles than have to awkwardly open the door multiple times a day....another reason to go doorless!
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I don't notice. *shrug*
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Some day when I'm bored and don't feel like working on the 26,449 other projects I have going on I'm going to weld (or fasten in another way) a loop onto the back side of the paddle that will fit in the recess and allow me to operate the handle easily with my left hand. As is, I usually use my thumb (left hand) behind the paddle.
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Unread 06-09-2008, 01:37 PM   #7
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Here's a write up on changing them...

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...t=door+handles
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Unread 06-09-2008, 01:42 PM   #8
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Here's a write up on changing them...

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...t=door+handles
If he made a kit, I'd be one of the first to buy it.
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Unread 06-09-2008, 01:56 PM   #9
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Hmmmmm

Never found the handles problematic. Is it different on full doors? I have half doors.

On a tangential note, I formerly went doorless from Spring through the beginning of Winter (other than putting half doors and uppers on during serious and long-lasting storms), but lately run my half doors. I used to not like the look but now like it, and I like having the arm rest. Also the mirrors give a much better view than my doors-off mirrors do.
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I never knew I had a problem either BUT I have had passengers before who couldnt even figure the handles out or complained about them
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If you owned 30 vehicles in 30 years, the TJ would frustrate you.
If its all you ever knew, it should still be awkward, but less so perhaps.

Here's how to fix it:
Install Lambo doors with electric lifts and handsfree keyless entry.
So as long as your transmitter is in your pocket, when you walk up to the Jeep the doors unlock and open for you, and you have to do nothing! Simple.
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Unread 06-09-2008, 03:32 PM   #12
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That sounds like $$$$$$ to me. Just thought it was different, but it makes since for mud and cow plop not to get stuck in there when wheeling.
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Here's how to fix it:
Install Lambo doors with electric lifts and handsfree keyless entry.
So as long as your transmitter is in your pocket, when you walk up to the Jeep the doors unlock and open for you, and you have to do nothing! Simple.
WHAT? You mean you HAVENT done this yet??!?!?!?!
It was number 1 on my mod list when I bought my jeep.
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This has been rehashed here many times. I *think* the reason they are that way is so tree branches on the trail dont snag in the lever and open the door on you....

Thats my story - you would like to think it was engineered that way for a reason. The reality is - they probably saved 30 cents on backward handles from the manufacturer....
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If you ever had a CJ or YJ and then went to a TJ, you have to retrain your brain to open the doors. It was much easier to open the doors on my YJ especially when parallel parked on a street with lots of traffic.
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