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So due to popular demand I am re-posting my outside door handles DIY. Fortunately for you guys I still have the pics.

Tools you need: phillips screwdriver, small pick or razor blade, socket with extensions or small open-ended wrench (can't remember the size, but looking at the pics it looks like 12mm) Trim removal tools are also very helpful.

First, remove the tweeter speaker and unplug it. This just pulls off as it's held on with rubbery tabs around the edge:


Next there are several screws holding the door panel in place. There are 4 at the front half of the panel, three exposed and one under the door grab:


After removing the door grab (just pops off--use trim tools or a flat blade screwdriver) there's a screw at the top (can't remember if there are any others, possibly at the bottom where I drew this arrow)


The top screw also helps hold the trim piece around the inner door handle, so after removing it and the other screw at the back of it you can remove that trim piece as seen here:


The last 3 screws in the panel are at the back, with covers on them. Use a small pick or razor blade to pop the covers off:


Now the only thing holding the door panel is clips around the sides and bottom. Use trim tools if you can, and once it starts coming away you can probably just pull with your hands. Then the whole panel lifts off upward---but go slow as there are electrical connections to disconnect at the window switches, the door light, and the speaker:


Now you need to peel back that plastic from the upper right corner to get to the door handle. It might be tucked under a screw or two, you can either yank it out or loosen the screws:


Once you have enough of the plastic out of the way, there are two bolts holding the door handle in place. Assuming you have a new handle you can easily see where they are:


You can either reach up inside the door panel (big arrow) with an open-ended (or ratcheting) wrench, but it's really a pain. It's much easier to use a socket and extension and go straight through the inner panel to the handle bolts. One is straight through where the left arrow is in this pic, the other is not where the right arrow is, it's actually under that black cover piece just to the right of the right arrow. The cover just pops out, then you have a straight shot at the second bolt:


Once those bolts are out, pull the handle out slowly and remove the linkage and lock cylinder (may be able to get these out by reaching up inside the door panel). You'll see how they connect by looking at your new handle.

Then just reverse everything to get the new handle back into place and the door panel back on and enjoy your new look.


Post up any questions, but you should be able to tackle this job no problem. I don't have my Tib anymore so this is all from memory, but it's one of the first things I did when I had my car, so I know it's not a hard job.
 

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Thank for this DIY. I will be attempting soon.

However, do you think it is possible to replace only the handle when doing this job? I have a white tib with a black handle and lock on a white door handle assembly. Its a cool black accent that I'd like to keep. If I buy a new black handle on black assembly then I can remove my black handle on white assembly (with the directions above), then hopefully replace the broken black handle with the new black handle, then reinstall my white handle assembly (with new black handle piece).

Another (dated) thread talked about how difficult the swapping out of the handle piece is so I'm looking for some additional feedback.
 

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Thank for this DIY. I will be attempting soon.

However, do you think it is possible to replace only the handle when doing this job? I have a white tib with a black handle and lock on a white door handle assembly. Its a cool black accent that I'd like to keep. If I buy a new black handle on black assembly then I can remove my black handle on white assembly (with the directions above), then hopefully replace the broken black handle with the new black handle, then reinstall my white handle assembly (with new black handle piece).

Another (dated) thread talked about how difficult the swapping out of the handle piece is so I'm looking for some additional feedback.
I've never done it so I can't say. Just make sure anything removed goes back where it was and you should be ok. Hopefully someone who has actually done it can chime in.
 

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Does anyone know if the exterior door handles from a 2007+ tib fit the 2002-2006 model? (was picking some up at a local junkyard but only the newer tib had it's exterior handles).

Note: I know I can just order new ones but it was just cheaper and quicker so I figured I'd ask. Thanks in advance for any imput.
 

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Does anyone know if the exterior door handles from a 2007+ tib fit the 2002-2006 model? (was picking some up at a local junkyard but only the newer tib had it's exterior handles).

Note: I know I can just order new ones but it was just cheaper and quicker so I figured I'd ask. Thanks in advance for any imput.
I'm 95% sure they are the same for all years (03-08).
 

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Does anybody know how to put the acutal door handle toghter I can't tell from the picture I just bought one and mine came in pieces my old door handle is really broken so I can't look at it for reference
 

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Does anybody know how to put the acutal door handle toghter I can't tell from the picture I just bought one and mine came in pieces my old door handle is really broken so I can't look at it for reference
same here, im not exactly sure as to how to take the spring mechanism apart either... while this DIY is helpful for people that havent taken their door panels off several times, it is most UNhelpful for those that are trying to figure out how to actually REMOVE the handle assembly in the first place.
 

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Seems like several are doing this job recently. Post up any questions you might have. I haven't changed the handles for quite awhile but I have had the door panel off several times to do speakers and other things. I can pull the panel in like 5 minutes now lol.
 
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