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HOW TO: Remove Lower Chrome Molding (SRT8)

Ok, not sure if this goes for all the WK models but what I thought would be an easy pull the fishing line behind the molding to loosen the 3m tape turned into an two hour project kicking butt against the retention tabs holding these bad boys in place.

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Step 1.

Open the drivers door and locate the three screws holding the door panel in place, in the photo below I give you the location of one of the screws. If you can't find the other two by yourself you fail.



Step 2.

Once you have the three screws out and placed somewhere that they will not get lost, grab the corner of the door panel and pull out. Why? You need to release all the panel retention pins. I'm weak and was able to do it with ease so go ahead and pull around the outside edge until the panel is almost off.



Step 3.

The door panel is going to get annoying just sort of hanging but before you can take it all the way you need to disconnect THREE wire connections, you can see them in the photo below. Also you will need to unhook the door handle release.



Step 4.

Now that the door panel is chilling out on the floor you will need to pull up the sound mat rubber damper stuff - to gain access to the inside of the door so you can push the little retention tabs out. Tape up the rubber mat so it doesn't hit you in the face too much.



Step 5.

Know thy enemy. This is what you are going after, sure they are small but wow what a PITA...



Step 6.

I just used this e-tool to squish them from the back and push them through, a flat head screw driver works good as well, just insert & turn and the tabs spin out of place!



Step 7.

Be sure to keep an eye on the molding its going to want to fall on the floor and get all scratched up. So make sure you aid it on the way out.

Now you can't get to the last retention pin so once you get all the ones out that you can see the molding will be held in place by one pin towards the front of the vehicle. I just sort of wiggled it back and forth but the last pin just snapped off.



Step 8.

Sweet! The first piece of trim is off, now you can put the panel back on, be sure to connect the three cables & door handle cable!



Step 9.

Pop the door back into place, replace the three screws, and turn the vehicle on to test all the buttons. Mine all worked.



Step 10.

The rear is pretty much the same, BUT here are some photos to help anyone out! Same as before find the screws (2 in the rear) and take them out. Grab a hold of the door panel and pull away!



Step 11.

The rear has one connection, so unhook that, and the door handle as well. I actually left the rear door panel on and was able to get to the retention pins but its a tight fit...



Step 12.

Pull up the rubber sound damper just like the front so you can see the access hole. Don't let the photo fool you the hole is about the size of a damn softball. It was tough but get after those pins and push them out, making sure to catch the molding before it falls on the ground.



Step 13.

Poke around in your door cavity you might just find extra crap from the factory like me. I found this bad boy in my front passenger door. With this baby gone my race weight is looking really good. +/- 5 WHP FTMFW



Step 14.

Tape off the little holes and stand back and enjoy your work. Most of you will probably already have your new shaved and painted moldings, but I was bored and decided to get this part out of the way.

Hope this helps!

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Re: HOW TO: Remove Lower Chrome Molding (SRT8)

Nice write up! It's going to look nice with the painted molding and the tinted tails come in!

In the last picture is that just a Garage?
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Nice write up Mike. But you did way to much work bro. Its literally a 5 min job. lol
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In the last picture is that just a Garage?
LMFAO! I did not even notice that, ah neighbor house fail.
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Nice write up Mike. But you did way to much work bro. Its literally a 5 min job. lol
How?! I pulled on the molding and I thought I was going to break it off trying to get it off!
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haha amazing write up love the sarcasm and low blows to dumb people lmao that chit had me laughing real hard
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^ I'm the dumb one lol I guess you don't need to do this to take the moldings off! Oh well at least I found a huge chunk of rubber in my door.
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I hope that big rubber piece isn't important...
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^ I'm the dumb one lol I guess you don't need to do this to take the moldings off! Oh well at least I found a huge chunk of rubber in my door.
no bro Alf is at fault here for not telling you on time lol

and you did gain 5 HP lol
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Alf told me, but I guess I was too scared to keep pulling on the molding. It did not seem like it wanted to come out and I did not want to snap it!
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no bro Alf is at fault here for not telling you on time lol

and you did gain 5 HP lol

Im not at fault.. lol He pmed and ask me how and I told him what to do.
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Re: HOW TO: Remove Lower Chrome Molding (SRT8)

LOOOOL! Too funny man, couple months ago when I was installing my new door speakers I found the EXACT same thing in the EXACT same door! lol, I wonder why they leave those there?

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Poke around in your door cavity you might just find extra crap from the factory like me. I found this bad boy in my front passenger door. With this baby gone my race weight is looking really good. +/- 5 WHP FTMFW

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