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Old 11-08-2017, 07:34 AM   #1
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Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

Anybody? I'm on my 3rd driver and need to replace it here before I lose functionality altogether. This is such a stupid design by GM, I can't believe there's nothing better out there! Whatcha got?
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:42 AM   #2
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

I thought someone was making an aluminum black replacement? Could of swore I found some online...
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

A problem so common Advance Auto Parts keeps them in stock on a shelf of their generally lame inventory. Are you saying the replacements are wearing out, too? I was under the impression they were an improved design. I've replaced both front door handles on my Suburban and so far so good. First it was the passenger side, but I hardly haul a passenger and if they bumped the door with their shoulder it would open. I'd forget till I had a passenger. My son helped me build a deck last summer so I finally replaced that one. The driver side got funky and within a half dozen times opening (or less) it wouldn't work at all. That got fixed right away, over two years ago and so far so good.
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Old 11-10-2017, 06:31 PM   #4
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

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Anybody? I'm on my 3rd driver and need to replace it here before I lose functionality altogether. This is such a stupid design by GM, I can't believe there's nothing better out there! Whatcha got?
I'd look into other areas of the door to address why they keep breaking...or lay of the roids?
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:08 AM   #5
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

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I thought someone was making an aluminum black replacement? Could of swore I found some online...
Yes!!! That's exactly what I'm looking for. I've been unsuccessful in my search, but would love a link if you have one.

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A problem so common Advance Auto Parts keeps them in stock on a shelf of their generally lame inventory. Are you saying the replacements are wearing out, too? I was under the impression they were an improved design. I've replaced both front door handles on my Suburban and so far so good. First it was the passenger side, but I hardly haul a passenger and if they bumped the door with their shoulder it would open. I'd forget till I had a passenger. My son helped me build a deck last summer so I finally replaced that one. The driver side got funky and within a half dozen times opening (or less) it wouldn't work at all. That got fixed right away, over two years ago and so far so good.
Yep. I get about 6-8 months out of a replacement door handle. I've started buying two at a time just so I have a backup when it fails. My replacement time is down to about 10 minutes.

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I'd look into other areas of the door to address why they keep breaking...or lay of the roids?
Haha I guess I'll have to do that! specifically what areas should I check out? Nothing else has ever been taken apart on the door and as far as I can tell, is completely functioning as it should.
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:41 AM   #6
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

My guess is you have a bent rod, therefore requiring further motion to open the door. Also spend some time with the lithium grease where the parts move and touch.
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Re: Mods or improvements to inner door handles?

also check your door bushings. if they are bad/going bad door will sag making it hard to pull thus breaking the interior door handle.
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