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Old 04-03-2006, 07:44 PM
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Default Removal of Door Handles

I seek to de-chrome, so i came to post to the pioneers...

My MINI recently took one from behind, so while some of the other paint work is being done i'm going to rid the car of chrome... gas door... no brainer, headlight rings... not a problem, side grills... piece of cake, beltline... simple, but those :cussing: door handles. I know Sam has done it, along with some other people on here. Can anyone shed some light on this?

I can tell from looking inside the door skin that there is a single screw/bolt on the side of the handle w/o the locking mechanism, but i can't seem to figure out how to get that thing off! Any light on this would be a major help

My friend will be doing the paintwork for me while i'm in San Diego :woot2: , and my flight leaves Thursday so i HAVE to figure this out!
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:59 PM
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in order to get the door handles off you have to take the door panel off and go in that way...it a allen bolt...you have to take out the latches too...I think...I forget...but it sucks...oooooooo does it suck...
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:19 PM
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thanks for the kudos! pioneering this mod was difficult cause there was no instructions!


taking them off is the easy part... its getting them back on that is the sensitive issue. once the door panels are off, no specialized tools are required.... just a bit of brain power and contortionism. take special care in removing the cable, it is fragile and must be aligned properly. they are much like the cantilever brakes of a mountain bike. if i recall correctly, a few allens are all you need.

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Old 04-04-2006, 02:53 PM
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Alright, i'm going to give it a go today... we'll see what happens
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:56 PM
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The door handles ended up being a lot less painless than i made them out to be... just two 5mm allen head bolts and they came right off. Now it'll just be getting them back on... Although i do like the piece of string that's tied to the interior door handle on the drivers side and runs back to the boot so you can open the driver's door without climbing in through the hatch

So as my car is being tended to in the body shop, i'm off to left coast.
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:42 PM
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Good luck putting back on. At least the first step is complete.
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:37 PM
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When i get back i'll post some pictures, and maybe do a formal introduction since i just started randomly posting...
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:38 PM
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sounds good, and have a fun trip... san diego right?
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:46 PM
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sweet! glad it worked out for you...I used to tell people how easy things were all the time...and then I would get nasty responces about how hard it is to turn a bolt = | So now I tell people based on that..."how hard it is"

But from now on, I'll assume everyone here @ the M|U has a brain! cause that's why we're all here right!

WOO HOO! I SAID BRAIN!!! LOL
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:31 PM
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sweet! glad it worked out for you...I used to tell people how easy things were all the time...and then I would get nasty responces about how hard it is to turn a bolt = | So now I tell people based on that..."how hard it is"

But from now on, I'll assume everyone here @ the M|U has a brain! cause that's why we're all here right!

WOO HOO! I SAID BRAIN!!! LOL

Mmmmm BRAINS

IS the door handle mechanical or electrical?
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:13 AM
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The door handle has it's own brain... it's a complex bioelectric mechanical system.
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The door handle has it's own brain... it's a complex bioelectric mechanical system.
hmmmm so both electric and mechanical? I'm gonna have to check it out to see if my plan would work
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:26 PM
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i had a plan to put a midget in my door panel while i didn't have any handles on the car. Then i could just tap on the door 3 times and he'd open it for me... sadly, there were no midgets available for hire at that time.
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:12 PM
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haha darn!
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