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Smile MGF Door Handle Removal Guide!

Well I picked up my chrome door handles (thanks VVC Steve!) and me & Frank (The Prometheus) decided to fit them today.

Had a look at a couple of guides but was bit upset by the lack of pics (you know I love my pics!) so decided to do a guide that included pics! Hope no one minds!

Door Handle Removal Guide

Tools needed:
  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extender
  • 8mm socket
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Philips screwdriver
Passenger Side Door Handle:

Begin by removing the door card (for a door card removal guide see here: MGF Wing Mirror and Door Card Removal Guide )

Once the door card has been removed you will see two holes in the door that give access to the two bolts you need to remove:



Now remove the bolts using a 8mm socket on a socket extender. Important: make sure the window is fully DOWN not up.

Pic of bolt one (taken looking through the hole):



Pic of bolt two (taken looking through the hole):



Once the two bolts have been removed you need to remove the red retaining clip from the lock mechanism. Just taken a quick pic of the red clip:



This is clipped into the hole pictured below (you'll find it on the left of the door) and just needs to be pulled out:



Once it has been removed there are two clips located at the bottom of the door handle that need to be levered up using a screwdriver or something similar. Pic of the two clips (see smaller red arrows):



The passenger side door handle is now completely free to be lifted out from the door. Tip: I also used a screwdriver to gently push from the inside of the handle whilst pulling on the outside - just makes life easier.

So now that hopefully your passenger side handle is out you can turn your attention to the driver's side door handle.

Driver's Side Door Handle:

Again remove the door card and you will see two holes which when you look through you will see the two 8mm sockets that need removing.

Once you have removed them undo the green retaining clip (exactly the same process as removing the red retaining clip):



You also need to pull the second rod pictured below out of the lock (note in this pic it has already been removed as has the door handle - the pic has been taken from the outside of the door):



Once this has been removed you need to remove the lock itself. Note the brown clip that goes round the lock pictured in the two pics below:





Remove this clip and you will then be able to just pull the lock off. Once the lock is off lever up the two clips at the bottom of the door handle (same process as passenger side handle) and the door handle can be lifted out again.

Reverse the process when re-fitting the door handle.

And there we have it!

If you are also intending to remove the actual handles themselves like I was you need to unscrew the gold bar, there's a spring behind it which will ease off once you've removed the gold bar. Then using a thin solid object such as one end of a needle nose plier push out the two metal bars holding the handles on and the handle should now come out.



(please ignore large red arrow)

Now reverse the process to fit the new handle. Tip: Spraying the handle with a silicone lubricant will allow the metal bars to come out more easily.

Ok that's it!

Hope you like the guide! Any feedback is much appreciated!



Kara x

P.S. Here's a nice pic of my new chrome door handles:




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Good job Kara

Now where are the finished pics

Damnit, you edited after I posted
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Good job Kara

Now where are the finished pics

Damnit, you edited after I posted
Thanks mate! I tell ya me & Frank's fingers are so sore!

Here's an extra pic with the new handles on!

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Looks great!
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Thanks mate! I tell ya me & Frank's fingers are so sore!

Here's an extra pic with the new handles on!

I can imagine looking at those pics

Can't wait to see her in the flesh on Saturday I now have my extra bendy hose for my gun so we can grease our nipples if you want
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Looks great!
Thanks mate!

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I can imagine looking at those pics

Can't wait to see her in the flesh on Saturday I now have my extra bendy hose for my gun so we can grease our nipples if you want
Do my nipples need greasing?
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Talking chrome

and for the lazzy ones amongst us heres some stick on ones

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MGF-chrome-han...3A1%7C294%3A50

too late there all sold!
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Do my nipples need greasing?
If they've never been done then it wouldn't hurt I'll bring the grease gun as long as it turns up anyway I've got a squeak at the passenger rear which I'm hoping this will sort

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and for the lazzy ones amongst us heres some stick on ones

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MGF-chrome-han...3A1%7C294%3A50

too late there all sold!


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If they've never been done then it wouldn't hurt I'll bring the grease gun as long as it turns up anyway I've got a squeak at the passenger rear which I'm hoping this will sort
Ok sounds "good"! Oh was gonna ask you actually - have you got any autoglym tar remover? They tared down my road and now I've got loads of black tar stuck to Slave I!
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Ok sounds "good"! Oh was gonna ask you actually - have you got any autoglym tar remover? They tared down my road and now I've got loads of black tar stuck to Slave I!
I don't think it's the Autoglym stuff but I have got some tar remover. I'll stick it in the boot if I remember or you can remind me
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I don't think it's the Autoglym stuff but I have got some tar remover. I'll stick it in the boot if I remember or you can remind me
Well any old tar remover will do I just assumed knowing you that it would be Autoglym!

Thanks mate! Really appreciate it!
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Well any old tar remover will do I just assumed knowing you that it would be Autoglym!

Thanks mate! Really appreciate it!
No worries
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Nicely done 'how to' Kara

The only feedback from my point of view would've been where you have the close up pics of the clips inside the door etc, a further away pic identifying which area to look in might also be helpful - like you have with the first two bolts with pics of the holes, and then close up of the actual bolts

I really like the chrome handles, they look to me like they should always have been there. Shame they are such stupid money for what they are though.. think I paid about 40 for mine!
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Nicely done 'how to' Kara

The only feedback from my point of view would've been where you have the close up pics of the clips inside the door etc, a further away pic identifying which area to look in might also be helpful - like you have with the first two bolts with pics of the holes, and then close up of the actual bolts

I really like the chrome handles, they look to me like they should always have been there. Shame they are such stupid money for what they are though.. think I paid about 40 for mine!
Thanks very much for the advice Jan!

Next time I take the door cards off (which knowing me will be VERY soon! lol!) I'll take some long shots of where the clips are and add them to the guide!

Chrome door handles are quite pricey aren't they?! Thankfully I managed to get some great condition secondhand ones from VVC Steve, but now seeing them on the car I still think that even at 40 it's money well spent! They just suit Fs/TFs perfectly!
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Top marks yet again Kara!
I do like the chrome door handles (but then I would say that )
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Looking good Kara, whats next on the List ???
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Slave1 turns into another Herbie mobile Great how-to Kara, good job !!!

Just add some grease to the splints and the lock barrel (which doesn't need to come off btw.)
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Well done Kara
good work and excellent photos too

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