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#21 jiggity76

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 11:26 AM

Ok, thanks.  I'll look for it when I tear into it.  If I do have that option, I hope it works or can find some good replacements or be able to repair it.  The car is pretty loaded with options so maybe it does have it!



#22 GnatGoSplat

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 01:24 PM

As far as the LED comment, those keyrings were actually ahead of their time. They were fiber optic.

 

They're not fiber-optic on the W-body coupes.  W-bodies were so modern, they used LED tech.  It's just a clear molded ring with a block on the side which has a green LED in it and the back painted white.  They were wired into the seatbelt latching mechanism.  They were just sandwiched between the lock cylinder and door handle.  Since this spaced the lock cylinder back the thickness of the ring, there was a plastic washer the same thickness to fill the gap between the door handle and the mounting ear of the lock cylinder.  I got lucky enough to buy a used door handle with one once, years ago.  Had to remove it because my car didn't have the option, but I could see how it went together.  I think I kept it, thinking maybe someday I would install it.  Never managed to get ahold of a pigtail to hook it up though.

 

My door pops open an inch or two from unlatching which is plenty enough for my fingers, but it might be cool to have a spring that pops it open further just for convenience.  That would make it harder to close, but how about if you just had to close it to that first click, and then a power closing mechanism pulls the door all the way shut.  Like the power door closers on a luxury car.  Haha, just fantasizing, that would be a bitch to implement.


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#23 Nas Escobar

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 03:20 PM

We just need to install door poppers on our cars like the people with the shaved door handles do. That would save us from dealing with that. Which i wonder if we'll have to do that the day Dorman decides to stop making them.
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#24 GnatGoSplat

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 03:52 PM

I don't know that Dorman is the only one making them.  This auction has no mention of Dorman anywhere in the description.

http://www.ebay.com/...e-/130899761692


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#25 Nas Escobar

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:43 PM

I've bought those before on eBay. They're not that good quality. They're ill fitting.


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#26 GnatGoSplat

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 04:55 PM

Yeah, I'm thinking I put something like that on the 94 vert.  The finish looked streaky (like they sanded with 60-grit before painting).  They didn't have near the range of motion of the OEM so it was critical I had the linkage adjusted just right.  One extra turn in one direction and it wouldn't open from outside.  An extra turn in the opposite direction and it wouldn't open, period.  Had to get it just right.  I'm guessing was made by a Chinese company.


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#27 jiggity76

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 05:56 PM

Just got done switching out the broken driver side outside door handle.  Went really smoothly, actually really easy.  I was surprised how easy it was!  The old handle was from Taiwan and it looked kinda cheap so maybe that's why it broke?  I also switched out both door lock cylinders on both side since the driver's side wouldn't work.  Took about 45 mins for everything and it all works flawlessly.  Thanks for all the posts and help guys!



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 12:53 AM

Did you use Dorman handles?


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#29 jiggity76

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:58 AM

Sorry MemphisMan, forgot about this post.  I found a GM OEM handle on Craigslist.  It was still in the original GM box.  I think that's why it worked so well since there were no quality or fitment issues.


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