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::: De-Locked Door Handles :::

This is a very simple and cheap mod applicable to Mk1 and 2 Golfs, Sciroccos, Passats and early Audis up to about 1988. The mod involves replacing the front door handles with some rear door handles that do not have locks. Obviously this will only work if you have remote central locking or if you have regular central locking in which case the mod can be performed to the passenger door only. You will need the following :

1. Phillips head screwdriver
2. Flat blade screwdriver 
3. Small hammer
4. Vice
5. Small centre punch/driving implement
6. Rear Door handles

The rear door handles can be purchased new for about 8 per side (Euro car parts, GCC G&S etc.) or better still obtained from your local scrappy for about 1.50 a side. Remember the rear handles can be found on Audis, Passats and Jettas as well as Golfs.

To remove your old handles prise off the horizontal plastic trim strip from the outside of the handle. This will expose a Phillips head screw recessed into the front end of the handle. Remove this screw. Then with the door open look at the edge of the door, at handle height, where you will see another screw running in the direction of the door. Remove this second Phillips head screw and the handle should now come away from the door. Take care not to scratch the paint around the hole where the handle mates to the door. Now would be a good time to clean the paint - work under the handle which is usually very grimy. Take care not to lose the washers from each of the screws and the rubber gasket/trims that surround each end of the handle.

If you compare the front and rear handles you will see that they are different. The cams that operate the opening mechanism in the door, (the bit that moves up and down when you squeeze the handle trigger) differ from one to the other. Remove the cam from the front handle by driving out the pivot pin (use a small hammer and a suitable driving device whilst supporting in a vice). Do the same for the rear handle and then put the cam from the front handle into the rear handle, securing with the pivot pin (knock this back in with the hammer). The rear handle (containing the cam from the front handle) is now ready to be put back on the car. If you have a second hand handle it would be prudent to lubricate it with some WD-40. Refitting is the reversal of removal but take care to put the rubber gasket/trim on each end of the handle before screwing back in place.

This mod not only acts as a useful theft deterrent but also helps smooth the appearance of the car and all for very little time and outlay.

Disclaimer : Matey-Matey accept no responsibility for any of the information contained within this document or the accuracy thereof. It is intended as a helpful guide and is solely based on personal experience. The authors also wish to stress that the methods highlighted are centred around personal opinion and there may be other equally credible ways of performing this conversion..

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