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Old 09-28-2017, 08:30 AM
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exterior door handle trim

Anyone with experience replacing trim on the door handles? New trim piece will not engage the top clips, either the gasket is too thick or perhaps the clips at top are a bit larger than holes??
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:49 AM
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:57 AM
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Anyone with experience replacing trim on the door handles?

I have replaced both door handles plastic trims on my '96' with the help of YouTube due to is a difference how to remove handles depending on the year/model of the car. Either you pull or push the tab to the plastic trim retainer.

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:48 AM
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I found an Indie shop that replaced both door handle trims for $50. He had a tool that looked like an ice pick with a curved tip. It took him about 30 seconds each. I lucked out when I bought them. I never get parts at the dealer because of price but I went to the dealer to get the parts number to order online. He said he had a pair he had ordered for someone and they never picked them up and he was going to return then to the distribution center. He gave them both to me for $25.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:08 PM
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Nice all the way around, and yes I did use something similar to remove the old ones a metal scriber with a 90° on one end.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:26 PM
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Anyone with experience replacing trim on the door handles? New trim piece will not engage the top clips, either the gasket is too thick or perhaps the clips at top are a bit larger than holes??
Some DIY threads:
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...0#post29030880
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...im-Replacement
This shows the sliding latch:


When I did mine, looking through the hole in the end or the door, I could see the latch, but not feel it well with the hook tool, was unable to hook onto it, and was unable to release the latch. I waited until I went into the door for other problems, which exposed the latch, and I poked the latch back and forth with a screwdriver. It had resistance.

My new gaskets from eBay were not OEM and did not fit and hold very well. I had to press them hard, squeeze them with the sliding latches, and let the handles hold them down.

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Old 09-28-2017, 02:39 PM
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Ok, think I've got it. Hope I don't have to pull the door card, just put it back. Many thanks.
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Old 09-29-2017, 03:27 AM
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In the paint section of hardware stores they have a tool that has a bottle opener on one side a flat hook the other. It is about six or seven inches long. They use it to pry open paint cans.
It worked pretty well when I changed mine
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:58 AM
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As usual, mining the good info on this forum provided the cure for the problem. On my '98 M roadster the hole in the door allowed me to see the slide and it required moderate pressure to push and open the slots for the trim piece.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:43 PM
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In the paint section of hardware stores they have a tool that has a bottle opener on one side a flat hook the other. It is about six or seven inches long. They use it to pry open paint cans.
It worked pretty well when I changed mine
^^^This!

It's a paint can opener, and they're usually free!!!

It should take no longer than 60 seconds to change each side.
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:28 PM
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... It's a paint can opener...
I did try that first. I was too clumsy to make it work. The sliding latch did not budge for me. I had to use direct pushing with a screwdriver blade after the card was removed for other repairs.
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:08 PM
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^^^This!

It's a paint can opener, and they're usually free!!!

It should take no longer than 60 seconds to change each side.

Lol they are !
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:04 PM
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I replaced my rubber/plastic door handle gasket today. I had no problem taking off the "door jam" plug...I had no problem pushing in on the gasket retention slide bar through the door jam hole...and I had no problem removing the exterior door handle gasket and cover piece. I initially was having a problem pulling the slide retention bar back inside the door to secure the exterior cover piece and new gasket.
This is what I did to help me understand what I was doing wrong.
1. I removed the new gasket and cover piece
2. I took a small inspection flashlight and looked inside the door
3. I was able to clearly see the retention slide mechanism inside the door and learned how to freely push and pull it back and forth
4. While I pushed and pulled the retention slide back and forth I was able to see exactly how the interior slide mechanism worked on the TOP 2 retention holes by watching the action from the exterior door handle on the outside of the door.
5. I learned that I had NOT pushed the interior retention slide ALL the way back enough to allow the new exterior piece and gasket to be in position to be captured by the slide.

The main point I am making is:
1. Push the slide retention bar inside the door ALL the way back
2. When installing the new cover/gasket put the BOTTOM two cover piece location pins in FIRST and the put all the pressure on the TOP 2 locator pins while you are PULLING the slide retention bar BACK inside the door.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:44 PM
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I found an Indie shop that replaced both door handle trims for $50. He had a tool that looked like an ice pick with a curved tip. It took him about 30 seconds each. I lucked out when I bought them. I never get parts at the dealer because of price but I went to the dealer to get the parts number to order online. He said he had a pair he had ordered for someone and they never picked them up and he was going to return then to the distribution center. He gave them both to me for $25.






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Old 05-15-2019, 01:38 PM
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Irome..I have $13 total invested...if I need to do it again it will be a ten minute job for me...
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:27 AM
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I have a set of ebay gaskets arriving in today's mail along with a new antenna gasket. Looks to be a fairly simple replacement for both. The antenna gasket will require a little more work but mine is rotted and most has fallen off. I'm hoping that may be the source of the water getting into my truck during a heavy rain. Yesterday I replaced the two fender badges. I'm slowly emptying my bank account into m week-ago purchase of a 1999 Z3.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:39 AM
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Totally agree rogereh..that antenna grommet is a bear..just more time comsumming and a few more cuss words...I have noted before that those antenna grommets go bad because the supplier got them too hot during the molding process and they were somewhat brittle even when new..if they had a softer durometer they would last forever...they must still get them from the same supplier because the "new one" I installed a year ago was very hard...

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Old 05-19-2019, 04:38 AM
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I managed to replace my antenna grommet but apparently the cheapo ebay ones are taller the the OEM BMW ones so I had a difficult tome getting the antenna base high enough into the grommet to thread the antenna back into it. When it finally got into it enough the bolt hole in the antenna bracket was too high so I couldn't put the bolt back in I managed to get it in but now the grommet is squeezed down almost back through the hole in the fender, It would have been an easy replacement except for that and the problem of the power top unit has to be removed to do it because it is right in front of the antenna base.

The door handle gaskets were a breeze to replace. The sliding lock mechanism on mine moved freely and I used the paint can lid remover tool to pull it back into the locked position. Hardest thing for me was removing the two plastic hole plugs in the door because they are 20 years old and have hardened. I don't know if there's replacement for those but I did mange to get them out and then they went right back in. Easiest upgrade that I've did so far.

Next project will be replacing my dead radio.
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