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Old 09-13-2007, 02:38 AM
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this was done on my 05 MCS.
it's pretty straight forward but here's my condensed how to...

1. get the door panel off (this part only applies to 05 forward. 04 and prior have a different removal of the door panels)
1a. slide a screwdriver behind the padding. your goal is to wedge the screwdriver between the padding and the "clip" in the pic. it's the clip that has a scratch above it. obviously i missed the clip a few times. i'd recommend taping the screwdriver up to prevent scratchingClick the image to open in full size.

1b. get trim around the door handle and tweeter off with a screwdriver. it pries right off with ease.
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1c. pop off the reflector with a screwdriver
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1d. remove the torx screws. behind the reflector, and around the inset oval trim.

1e. wedge a screwdriver between the panel and the body. it takes a little umph... go all the way around from the side, bottom, to the other side. the top will be hanging.
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1f. pop out the bottom light and disconnect it.
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1g. alright, this takes quite an umph too... youre gonna yank it from the top horizontally. basically away from the door. you can see what the clips look like in this photo
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alright, let's move onto the innards.

2. here's what you're going for
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there's an allen screw on the white blurry clip and one just above the black cable that goes into the "gold" block. that's the key mechanism.
the black cable is actually only insulation to the cable itself. you can see that it feeds through a latch mechanism and then the another latch mechanism at the end of the cable. go ahead and tug down on it and you'll see for yourself that it's ok to pull on it. remove it from the lower latch mech by pulling down on the cable as much as possible and twisting the cable out of the keyhole slot, then slide it out of the upper plastic latch mech. your hands will most likely get cut up a bit as you'll be fighting with the cable. be patient and you'll figure it out.

removal of allen head screws, use one of these: (as advised by PGT a T-handle allen will do wonders for this job since there are access holes covered by rubber plugs)
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get to wrenchin... for the driver's side there are two allen screws, for the passenger there are 3, same areas. you will not need to remove the lock assembly for this at all. it'll stay in place when you finally get the handle off.

reverse steps.
and this is what you get:
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show your friends that you arent a pansy and you can do your own mods. and from what i hear this mod is upwards of $200 to have someone do for you... i like to save money where i can.

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Old 09-13-2007, 02:41 AM
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Nice work, finally got it done.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:08 AM
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Nice write-up Glen
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:20 AM
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great write up...
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:27 AM
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3 screws on the passenger's side? mine only had two.

also...the access to the bolt in the cable mechanism is below the rubber cover over the door skin itself. Some others had suggested drilling a hole...no need.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:51 AM
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Good infos, Glen. This'll probably be way useful for people with window and lock problems, too!
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:28 AM
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the local mini stealership charges 500
i did my own
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:56 AM
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3 screws on the passenger's side? mine only had two.

also...the access to the bolt in the cable mechanism is below the rubber cover over the door skin itself. Some others had suggested drilling a hole...no need.
you only had two?! those sons of bitches... put an extra one on mine to torture me.

and you say you had access under that door skin? ah.. you must've had a longer tool my allen key for 3/16" was just short of a half inch.

but PGT's right, if you have a key that reaches you can access that bolt as well. there are a few plugs covering up access holes and there's one just horizontal of the said screw.

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Good infos, Glen. This'll probably be way useful for people with window and lock problems, too!
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:59 PM
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you only had two?! those sons of bitches... put an extra one on mine to torture me.
mine might have had 3 but only two need to be loosened to remove

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and you say you had access under that door skin? ah.. you must've had a longer tool my allen key for 3/16" was just short of a half inch.
my tool was plenty long <snickers>

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but PGT's right, if you have a key that reaches you can access that bolt as well. there are a few plugs covering up access holes and there's one just horizontal of the said screw.
this is a great place for ball end and t-handle allen wrenches. Mine are Husky brand from Deep Homo (Home Depot) and have a handle adaptor so you can use the long end for deep penetration
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:28 PM
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haha... you said penetration.

2 points to pgt for using funny words in a how to post.

nice write up glen. This doesn't look as horrible as some people have said it is... i think i may give er a whirl... mind if i ask where you got those cf handles (i know you posted it before but i'm ohhh so lazy.)
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:14 PM
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Nice write up glen and helpful pics too! But you forgot the most important thing..Drill a little hole in the door for your wrench to fit through
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no hole needed....don't drill!!! I did that for my driver's door....it's not necessary if you have the proper tools (t-handle ball end allen)
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Looks great Glen, glad it's finally done! Excellent write up too!!
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very nice! I wish i'd had that when i did mine!
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haha... you said penetration.

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nice write up glen. This doesn't look as horrible as some people have said it is... i think i may give er a whirl... mind if i ask where you got those cf handles (i know you posted it before but i'm ohhh so lazy.)
i got them from essentialmini but the handles arent on the site anymore just the gas door
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