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Old 01-10-2008, 05:18 AM   #1
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Default DIY: Integra door handle removal/installation/change door lock

As with all my DIY's, I do as best I can to remember all the steps and be as helpful as possible. I do make mistakes, I have a bad memory. If there is anything you see that can make this DIY better, or have anything to add, I will be more than happy to update!

DIY: Integra door handle removal/replacement

Tools needed:
Phillips/flathead screwdriver
10 MM socket/ratchet/extension/wrench
ALOT of patience.
<FONT COLOR="blue">Time to complete: 1 Hr or less</FONT>

Optional tool: TAPE!
I would hate to have to do this on a car with a nice paint job. I scratched the **** out of my door doing this. If I had good paint, I would tape the area around the door handle so I wouldn't scratch my paint.

Step 1: Gather your parts, find your door and take some zanax: This one is gonna drive you crazy.

Step 2: Roll up window, remove one plastic screw in the door panel, screw in the door handle and screw in the armrest and disconnect all plugs and tweeter (if you have one.
.Using your fingers, start at the top of the door panel (part thats closest to the dash) and gently pry untill you hear the clip POP! Go around the perimeter of the door panel doing that.
You end up with this:
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Yes Terrance, it's a tweeter. MB Quartz too Click the image to open in full size.
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Step 3: Pry away some of the plastic covering. Stuff's used to keep moisture out and whatnot.

Step 4: Wonder how and the hell you're gonna disconnect that one rod and look puzzled:
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This is what you're gonna see when you look in there:
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Step 5: Using yoru 10 MM socket/extension, remove the bolt closest to the hinge and with your 10 mm wrench, remove the other 10 mm bolt. I could'nt find my 3/8 socket at the time, so I had to use a el cheapo thing ( can't think of it's name Click the image to open in full size.)
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What hapens when you use cheap stuff? It breaks. Boo to cheap stuff!!
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Yay for finding the right tools!!
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Using the wrench to get to the other bolt. Be careful not to decide to go Emo and cut your wrist doing this. Remember, its DOWN the road, not across the street Click the image to open in full size.
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Step 6: Have fun removing the door handle! There are 2 rods. One for the lock and one that actually opens the door. The one that opens the door is connected with a little plastic piece that holds the rod in place. You have to twist and turn to get it to come out of the little holder. Not too bad. The other rod.. Well, thats another story.
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Step 7: Remove plastic rod holder thing. I wish I knew the proper name. It's connected with 2 screws.
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It's also connected to the door lock with a little clip. Just pry the clip off with a screwdriver. It comes off like so.
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Step 8: Remove lock. Very simple. There is a little metal clip you pry up and pull out that holds the lock in place. If you want to use your original key, you HAVE to do this. Once the clip is removed, the lock pulls out.
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Step 9: Hard part: removing the door lock rod. Look closely at this picture. Directly above where my first finger is on my left hand is where the rod goes. You can see the end of the bushing there and thats the hard part: You have to PRY on each side of that little bushing that holds the metal piece in while at the same time pushing/pulling the metal part out.

Sound confusing? It is. Hard as hell to do it too. I don't even remember how long it took but my fingers were killing me by the time I figured it out. I removed it from my new door handle first, then on the handle that was still connected to my car. Once you remove the one connected to yoru car, you can remove the handle completely and just stick the metal piece into the bushing and it clips in place.
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Step 10: reinstall the plastic rod holder thing and start putting your car back together! Simply reverse the steps to re-install it.
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Sexy!
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Step 11: Re-install yoru door panel. Don't be a n00b like me either....
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Do you see a problem with this picture?
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How am I suppose to hook back up my door locks? Yep, I forgot to pull the plug up so I can reach it once the door panel is on.
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I tried using some needle nose pliers... But to no avail Click the image to open in full size.
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Step 12: All done! Step back and enjoy yoru now working properly/non broken door handle!!
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Fairly aggrivating. Glad I did it though Click the image to open in full size. As usual, if you have anything to add to make it better, please let me know and I'll update Click the image to open in full size.

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Old 01-10-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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nice and long and complicated writeup! but it looks good, now you just got to paint it ahah
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:50 AM   #3
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Well it wasn't the easiest thing to do in the firstplace.

I would have liked to had a writeup when I did it Click the image to open in full size.
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Oh my...

Get your self some flat black spray paint and some newspaper, and then set aside ten minutes to give those awful white wipers a few even coats. Don't make the mistake I did and leave them white for two years...unless of course you...like them...like that...bleh.

/falls a sleep.

Ugly wipers. Ugly ugly wipers. Nice write up though.
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the rods, and clips u can remove when the handle is still attached to the door....thats what i usually do before removing the two 10mm bolts that way i dont have to hold it in my hand, or scratch the paint.
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thank you...the only thing i would do if possible is post another diy link for removing panel for newbs that would need to do this...so they don't break their weatherstrippring and send it to me over ebay when i buy it from them in a year from now because they wrecked their car for being a newb and all
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:07 AM   #7
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the rods, and clips u can remove when the handle is still attached to the door....thats what i usually do before removing the two 10mm bolts that way i dont have to hold it in my hand, or scratch the paint.
How in the world did you do it that way? I look at it but didn't even bother attempting Click the image to open in full size.

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People always hatin' on t3h wipers y0! Click the image to open in full size. I don't ever think about em so I don't worry about it.

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thank you oh so very much. About a month and a half ago i broke my handle. It involved my car running, doors locked and me rickety-roawing my door handle. Now where did you find a door handle. All the people i talk to will only sell me the whole door lol
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Local junk yard. When my buddy broke it, I made him go buy me a new one Click the image to open in full size.

And here's a link to some on t3h eBay.

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didnt see any driver side Click the image to open in full size.
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There's ya some: $124.00. I kinda like em Click the image to open in full size.
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how long was this process oO handy thread Click the image to open in full size.
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Ehh, I think it took me about an hour or so. I took my time.

I could do it in 20-30 mins now that I know what to do.
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doing this is a FREAKISHLY big ol' PITA. i just removed the ones i had on the DB8 i was stripping and it was a pain. i also removed the rear handles to use on my 2 door GSR (essentially, removing the locking mechanism) but just because it's a pain, i havne't done it and the parts have been sitting around forever.

terrance, if you want the correct color... i MAY have an extra one laying around. that way, you don't have to worry about painting it. PM me back if you're interested.

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i needed this, thanks sir Click the image to open in full size.
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Wow I really needed this DIY. Im sick of having to unlock my drivers side door through the passengers side door because it doesn't unlock. Hopefully this will work!

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terrance, if you want the correct color... i MAY have an extra one laying around. that way, you don't have to worry about painting it. PM me back if you're interested.
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Nahh man, thanks. i'm gonna paint the whole car so I'm not too worried about it.

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hillbilly meets import... right on....

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Good info, thanks. Just one little tip. After having to remove my panel for a second time over and over to reconnect the locks, I started putting the door release handle through the wiring for the locks when i take the release trim off. That way it stays out of the way while you work and will be waiting for you when you reassembly the panel.
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Hey bro can u help me out..im having problems with my door handle, it just started doing this sometimes the door hancle will open the door but mostly doesnt, it make a weird sound when it open and sometimes the handle stays up(open). What can u suggest i try...thanks a lot
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Thanks for the write up. I painted my door handles without removing them. I will re paint them but this time I will take them off.
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