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Old 07-09-2013, 03:45 PM
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

Workshop took off front door windows/lifters to get to the handles (to be sent for spraying in matt black). Apparently a lot of extra work compared to the rear handles. Mod looks cool. Wife's 325i E92 has these .. looks like worth the effort!
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:30 AM
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

Davy were you able to get to the front handles without removing the glass?
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

EPonx- really hope i wont have to go to that lol. Idk if anyone have done this but on my first attempt i removed the 5 bolts and the whole window assembly came loose. I could prolly push it out but i was bit afraid and hesistant lol. It was such a PITA to get the 5 bolts to line up again.

Suz- not yet We've been having some 100 deg weather and on and off rain. I only plan to do this near the end of the week just incase i need the weekend if something goes wrong lol.
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

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EPonx- really hope i wont have to go to that lol. Idk if anyone have done this but on my first attempt i removed the 5 bolts and the whole window assembly came loose. I could prolly push it out but i was bit afraid and hesistant lol. It was such a PITA to get the 5 bolts to line up again.
Yup, workshop manager did mention it was the biggest pain in painting the trim. The front windows where taken out of the doors, I believe you CAN do this without taking out the windows, I guess the guys just opted for this .. here is another thread on this site that also explains how to do this:

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Seemed like a lot of effort for the result, bit thats the price of 100% anti chrome
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

What did you do with the chrome door handles?
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

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What did you do with the chrome door handles?
They got sprayed matte black and where put back on the doors

They where actually brushed aluminium rather than shiny chrome to begin with.
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

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They where actually brushed aluminium rather than shiny chrome to begin with.
oh, where can I get these brushed aluminum door handles?
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

not sure, perhaps justforjeeps? Mine came stock on the '09 Overland option, but it is an export WH model not sure if this is also standard in the states. I know the Limited has body matching colours.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:27 PM
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

Davy does your drivers side window rattle when the glass is all way down and you slam the door? I know mine does and its very annoying. I wonder if yours also rattles, could you have a look while the panel is off and see what / where the rattle is.
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

Idk what it's called but it's a ft long rubber piece. I believe your is loose inside the door frame.

When i attempted to do this mod for the front passenger side, that piece fell and i have no idea where it came from so i left it off. Prolly somewhere near the regulator or window trim. I can take a pic of it if you need. I plan to put it back once i attempt to do this mod again.

It's driving me crazy, i have friends that have a strong hand when closing the door and i feel like it's gonna shatter.
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

The glass rattle is pretty common from what I've read, i just have so many other mods planned that pulling the door panel seems low on the priority list until i get the other stuff done. I'm embarrassed to admit how much money I've spent on stuff still sitting in boxes.
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Re: Exterior Front Door Handles Removal?

^ lol i know what you mean. I got prolly $70 bucks of leds related stuff i bought for test runs and never used lol.

Got some good news and bad.
Good news is you CAN get the front handle off without the window coming off. I spend an hour trying different ways to get to it but impossible.

After removing the 2 bolts holding the rail, you HAVE to remove the clamp holding the glass. Just 1 of the clamp and not both, The clamp is blocking the 2 nuts holding the handle. Once the clamp bolt is loose, you can pull the rail down and loosen the 3 bolts holding the handle!

now the bad...I wont be able to fit the LED bolt into the handle because of the cylinder lock. The length of the bolt is roughly 1inch long. To fit, it needs to be 1/2 inch. I can sacrifice the cylinder lock for the led but im not sure if i want to do that. What is the downside to it beside being unable to use it if the fob runs out of battery?

My other idea is cutting the bolt in half and see if i can reconnect the wires for it to work.
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