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Toxic Masculinity
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Door Handle Upgrade UPDATED WITH PICS

UPDATE: When I changed internet providers the original photos were lost.
I reenacted the install and took the photos when I replaced the OEM door speakers...
a how to sticky ain't worth much without photos IMO.

For those that haven't done there handles or removed the door panel...

Nothing to it... about 30min for each side.

This is for the models without power windows or locks but most info is the same
except for unplugging the window and lock electrical plugs.

Basic tools needed: GM window handle clip removing tool, 10mm & 7mm socket,
10mm wrench, flat screwdriver.

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After you remove the window handle just push the clip back on and the handle is ready to pop back on and you won't loose the clip.

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There are three 7mm screws, one under the lock, grab handle and lower bottom of panel.

Pry off the mirror access panel

Now the door panel is ready to remove. JUST LIFT UP TO REMOVE don't pry out like older cars or you'll brake off the plastic retaining hooks.

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There are two access holes for two of three 10mm handle bolts.

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Reach inside the panel with a 10mm wrench to remove the 3rd bolt

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Now just reverse the same steps to finish up and don't forget the
lock cylinder clip and test the lock before you replace the interior panel...
and be sure to clock the interiors window handle in the same position as the other side (2:00 clock)
 

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Dem People
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Nice write up dude. I just did this mod again yesterday to a friends truck.
 

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thanks for the write up i just changed mine this past weekend and your write up help me out alot. Although i had power everything i think i might have been easier than the manual window crank. What a difference the handles make
 

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Sweet thanks for the write up i will be doing this after or on Christmas getting painted handles from my mom as one of my gifts.
 

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so how do u do the power windows? do i disconnect any electrical connections from the door?
 

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Easiest if you completely pull the panel so, yes. THere are several harnesses going to the switches on the drivers side. Each Molex connector is a different color: Green, Blue, Black and Brown I beleive. Marked on the switches as well. THe other doors are just one harness.
 

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I just did my trucks handles today. Couldn't have done it without your help +1. Thanks. I do wanna add a few things if I could. I have an 02 with PW/PL/PM. I found it easiest to pry up the switch panel on the door nearest to the driver(outside) first. That is where the clips are. If the clips stick to your door panel you want to take them off and reattach them to the switch panel. Then you can unplug the wiring harnesses.
Also on my 02 there was no 7mm screw under the lock after you pry it out. Instead it was underneath the PowerLock/PowerWindow switches. I almost missed it. I'm sorry I don't have pictures to illustrate this but once you pull the switch panel from your door you will see the 7mm screw there screwed into the door...you can't miss it.
 

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Best how to ive seen! +1...also if anyone doesnt have a clip remover a towell works good if you just slide it along the back it will pop it out and catch it in the towell, i used a screwdriver before but that clip went flying and never found it...Also how much has everyone paid for theres, and did you paint it yourself or have it painted...please let me know!!!
 

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very nice and helpful...... except for you forgot to mention there is a retainer clip on the backside of the window crank....i broke mine and gotta buy a new one.....u owe me!!......j/k....thanx tons of help
 

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Thanks for the write up I got my indigo blue door handles of ebay and now i'm waiting for them to come in and cant wait to put them on. I'll have to read this thread as I go along the steps.
 
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