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      04-23-2016, 10:55 AM   #1
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How to install new interior door pull handles

There's a few ways to install these, and here's how I installed mine.

The door panel needs to be removed and the handle needs to be removed from the door panel. They are melted plastic rivets that hold the handle to the door card and can be removed a few ways, drilling, remelting the rivet, or sanding the rivet with a rotary drum tool. I drilled the first one and melted the rest off because it was faster.

If you're unfamiliar with why you would replace these handles, the rubber melts and leaves black residue everywhere. It's quite aweful. Deformed texture shown below:

So the fun begins with how the heck do you install the new ones. Well it's actually very easy and all.you need is a propane or mapp gas torch, a camping nail from harbor freight and a pair of vice grips:

Heat the nail with the torch until the gas flame turns red after it hits the surface of the camping nail.

With the handle fully installed on the front side flip the door card over to expose the long extruded plastic that we will be melting down to make the rivet. Use the extremely hot nail to melt the plastic down to the face of the door card. If you heated the nailhead enough there's more than enough temperature to do one rivet in one shot. Do this outside in front of a fan upwind of the smoke if you cherish your health.

Final product looks factory:

And door panel with new handle installed:


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      05-27-2016, 01:46 PM   #2
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Mine are marketed as well, did you get these brand new or at a junk yard? How much?
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