Exterior Door Handle Removal

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  1. TATTRAT

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    Does anyone have any reliable input/advice for removing the exterior door handles for a R53?

    I have looked online, all over, and can't find a whole lot of info. What I have found, the (very few) videos are of potato quality, and really hard to see the work being done.

    Any input id greatly appreciated!
     
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    Rope, tree, hit the gas pedal. That baby will be off in a second :D

    no need to thank me for the help
     
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    I did look in the Bentley manual but did not see a description, sorry I am of no help
     
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    Damn...I thought if anyone would have an answer, it would be YOU, given all your experience with MINIs.
     
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    A couple of laps in an IT race can remove both the door handle & rear-view mirror. :Stig:

    Sorry for the smart arse answer. I couldn't let Lee out do me. Plus my meds are yet to kick in.
     
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    I use duck duck go search engine and I can't fine anything. If you take the door panel off do you se a way to un bolt it? if not they would be under the chrome covering on handle on the out side.
     
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    If you remove the door handles, how will you get in the car? o_O

    Sorry, but you did leave yourself open to that.

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    I guess he's going in and out through the sunroof, or, maybe he has a convertible
     
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    Dukes of Hazard style.
     
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    Thanks for the, errrrr, help, all? lol

    I did find the info in a borrowed Haynes Manual, surprised that it was in there, and not in the Bentleys.

    It seems to be about a 2 hours job for the drivers side, and 1 hour for the passenger side. Not very difficult, per se, just tedious and a lot of tight quarters and fiddly bits.

    I think I have come up with a solution that will not require removing the handles to wrap the doors. Going to talk with my guy next week and see what he thinks.
     
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    Not sure you can jump a MINI like the General Lee. But loook at those cool door handles..... :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    We are here to be smart a$$.......oops I meant we are here to help!:D
     
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    My brother in law in Enid Oklahoma did that with his Dodge minivan. It didn't work out well. As much as I want to help, I just can't make myself change his catheter. I would not recommend it.

    CD
     
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