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So i've been getting some IM's and questions keep popping up on how the hell to take out these pesky handles. So I might as well show you what worked for me. WHAT WORKED FOR ME.[;)]

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Tools:
Flathead Screwdriver
Hands
Estimated Time of Completion:
5 Min
Difficulty:
I'll give it a 4 since most people are nervous bout breaking things
So, the first thing we gotta do is get our materials.
A screwdriver the size of a cig butt. That's all.
Grab your handle and pull it down, there's a tab on each side. Pop open the tab and voila!
 

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slide your flat head screw driver in there vertically, all the way. Now twist it so it's horizontal. (Whether this step helps or not is debateable.) Now you need too hands for this job! *YIKES* lol.
With one hand on the screwdriver, pull it up and down.
Your other hand is not in your pocket, but on the handle tugging it away from the base. Look at picture if you prefer picture books. [paranoid]
 

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if you did it right, it should just pop off. Excessive amounts of force is not needed here. You WILL break it if you try to act like the Von Magnus of the World's Strongest Man competition.
 

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Now that the handle is off, you can either continue with your headliner removal, (recommended) or if your taking em off to just paint em, you need to get the clips out. Pull on your headliner and slide your flat-head in between the clips and kind of work it till they come off. If you bend it out of shape don't worry, these are metal and can be persuaded back into their original form. If you don't know how to take out these clips, your an idiot and should take it to a pro, lol. J/k [:)~]
 

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TA-DA! Now be proud of yourself because you've accomplished what most people can't. [thumb]

pardon the mess, 4th of July party cleanup is scheduled, lol.
 

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INSTALLATION IS NOT A REVERSAL OF REMOVAL

The best, easiest, and more intelligent way of reinstalling the handles is this.
Slide the Handle's plastic base's into the headliner holes and attach the clips in that way. Reshape the clips as necessary so they look somewhat like the picture. You're going to really need to press on the clips cuz they don't engulf the plastic like a .10 whore. You'll hear a sort of like a clicking sound when the clips have engaged. If you don't hear this sound the clips will slide off. Tug on it against the Headliner Just to be sure everythings okey dokie.
 

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now allign the clips into their proper holes on the roof, slide it in. And then hit the handle base's with the palm of your hand. That's it, your done. Congratulations!!! [thumb]


Now I take no responsibility if your handle's break. I've broken some at the Junkyard to refine myself to this point. [?|] Now sit back, have a beer, and admire my Velvet Headliner. lol [:)~] [}:)]

Hope this has been helpful! [:D]

Now stick this in the How-to section and be done with the Oh Shit Handle questions!!!
 

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handle

I guess I'm an idiot so I'll have to have a professional do it. I got one part of a handle off, but can't get the cip out. so now I think the handle is broken.

Jason
 

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I'm not too impressed with the mounting method. This type of mounting is often used where strength isn't important and I have doubt about how the handle will hold up when it gets pulled on.

Every other car I've seen uses screws to hold down something that requires some strength.
 

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nice no i can remove the handle and go scare some people..b/c they have nothing to grab on too
 

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WOW, this thread is OLD. Should have waited 21 more days and it would have been exactly 3 years old. DAYUM, longer than I've had my focus
 

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i painted my handles, but in a slightly different way:

-Using two Needle nose Pliers

You may not need to take the clips off that "hold" the spring in place. Try first without breaking it off. If you're scared or don't wanna break anything, then I guess just use the method first made for this thread.

**NOTE: Make note of where the ends of the spring are inserted. This is important for reinstalling (and if the spring pops off, which may certainly happen).**


Damn JPEG Blurryness

1. I just broke off those annoying clips. They hold the spring in place, but just got in the way for me. You never really see them anyway, so it didn't bother me.

2. Take a small screwdriver and pry the U-shaped pieces up. There are little notches on the handle so you can pry and pinch it out.




The handle should come right off at this point.

Paint it to your liking and then reinstall [thumb] The Reinstall is reversed from taking it off.

Pop the handle back on the pegs/hooks and slip the little U-shaped pieces back on (the right way).


Now, this next part is the hardest because you have to bend the spring back into the little slot. (This is why I got frustrated and just ripped those clip covers off - but you probably won't have to!)


I used one plier to grasp the End of the spring and bend it in as far as possible.



Then, I used another plier to grab a little farther down on the spring and push it in place. It will make better sense when doing it.




In case you can't read the picture:
The shorter "leg" of the spring is toward the top, and goes in first if it happens to fall off.

The Longer "leg" of the spring is toward the bottom, and that end has to be pushed down into the little 'slot' with the plier(s).




And, that's how I painted my handles. I hope it can help someone out there [:)]
 
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