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OPR Door Handle; Black (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ w/ Full Doors)

Item J132478
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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out the OPR Door Handle, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJ Wranglers with the full factory doors. Now, if you're in search of some restoration mods for your TJ at an affordable price, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. So this replacement door handle is going to be a factory style replacement door handle that's going to add a nice touch and a nice refresh to any door handle that is showing age, is starting to rust and is even losing their functionality.Now, this is going to come in a strong steel construction and also have a nice matte black finish giving a very sleek and clean look to the side of your doors. Now again, this is going to add a nice refresh and really come with everything that you need in order to install it. It is going to reuse the factory hardware on the inside of the door but it's going to come with the gasket and again, it's going to be a nice refresh of functionality and a look to the side of your doors here.Now, I would like to mention that these are available separately or any package together, so you can purchase the passenger side or the driver side separately, or you can get both in a kit. Now, if you're looking at them separately, you are looking at about $25 per side and in a kit you're looking at about $50. And in my personal opinion for restoration part to make a difference on the side of your TJ with the, again, the functionality and the look, it's definitely worth that price point.Now, in comparison to some other choices, again, this will be a factory style replacement, so this is a simpler option in comparison to some other options that may have locking mechanisms inside the door or the door handle itself. And then some other choices may have some different styling, some may have a riveted styling around the door handle including that lock, and some that may have a polished look or a chrome look. Now again, in my personal opinion, I think if you're looking for an affordable restoration part, this is going to be a great choice to take look into.So install is going to be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and now there is a little bit of finagling involved as far as the install goes because we are working inside of the door. However, it's nothing you can't do in your driveway with some very basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install are multiple sizes of flathead screwdrivers, a pick, a Phillips head socket, a T15 Torx socket, pair of needle-nose pliers, and an impact wrench. So our first step to replacing our door handles is going to be to open up our door and to start removing our interior panel. So I did take this off the limiting strap right here just so we can swing this out and get a better look at it. So what we're gonna do first is remove the couple of screws that are holding on our door panel. It's going to include the one under the handle right here in the interior handle, the two on the grab handle, and then there's gonna be two on the bottom. Now, these couple were replaced. However, you should be using a Torx socket for this or a Torx bit. I'm going to be using a Phillips head screwdriver for these screws up here. So for the bottom two, I'm gonna be using a T15 Torx socket. So what we can do now is remove this interior door handle. What I'm gonna do is kind of pull it forward and take a flathead screwdriver and pop the two pins out of the place that are holding it on the levers for the actual door and lock mechanism.So now we can remove the handle for our window. There is gonna be a C-clip, it's gonna be very hard to see. However, what I'm gonna do is use a pick to remove the clip that's in between these two pieces. Now there is also a specific tool that you could use, it is very affordable, you can do that. I do not have that tool so I'm gonna use a pick and we're gonna go ahead and remove that. So what I like to do is kind of pull it away and kind of push the door panel in so I can get an eye on that clip in there.So after the clip is out, as you can see, it is going to be completely removed but this is what the clip looks like. If you can grab your pick, if you don't have the tool to push it off, there's a tool that just basically straddles the actual door handle mechanism right here, and will push it off this way. What I did is kind of hooked it on the end and just pulled it off. But after that is off, what we can do is start to remove our door panel, give it a good pull.So now we can take off our handle support here, I'm gonna use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove this, or a Phillips head socket, I should say. So this is going to be very difficult to see since we are working inside of the door. However, we're gonna be fully on the right-hand side just under the exterior door handle. Now there's gonna be a lever here. And if you wiggle this and follow it all the way up to the exterior door handle, you'll see that there is a fork hanging on to the door handle itself. And then there's also going to be a clip. Now, what we need to do is remove that clip so we can separate that from the exterior door handle and push it forward and out of our door. So I'm gonna use the pick that I used before for the C-clip for the window handle and I'm gonna remove that and we are going to push the door handle out.So this is the clip that I was talking about. What I did was the same thing that I did with the one on our window here, I just hooked the pick around it and pulled it down. Now, this is a pretty open area down here so you should be able to grab it. I actually dropped my pick as well, but you are able to kind of reach your hand in and move around. It's really up when you get towards the door handle where it becomes a little bit tight. So what we can do at this point is try to separate that from the door handle and all we really have to do is pulled back. Now that clip was really the only thing that was holding it there. So now I'm going to pull that back and that separated from our exterior door handle.Now, again, because we are inside of the door, this is going to be difficult to see, but on either side of this exterior door handle on the inside of our door, there's gonna be a doorkeeper. Now it's just a metal bracket and all we have to do is push up with a flathead and it'll release from the door. So this is the left-hand side keeper that's gonna be held in by a clip. So what we're gonna have to do is take our pick again and remove the clip, the right-hand side keeper. So this is the second doorkeeper, we can put this aside and we can remove our door handle from the front now. Now, at this point, if it hasn't already separated, you can take a trim removal tool or pry tool and we can start to pull on our door handle and fully remove it.So before we install our new door handle, I did want to stop down and put our factory one on the table next to our new door handle, tell you guys a little bit more about this new one, what benefits you're gonna get, and some of the similarities and differences between the two. Now, overall, this is a resto part, you are going to be replacing this as far as a factory part. But this is going to have a couple of different benefits right off the bat. Now, this is obviously going to be a big refresh from our factory door handle. As you can see, they start to wear out from weathering and age. This is going to be rusting right here and it also is rusting on the pin and even on the back on the latch mechanism. Now that can mess with the functionality, as you can see, it doesn't have as much movement or as fluid of a movement as it would if it were new. And this one, this one from the factory and our new one are actually gonna have a little bit of a different style mechanism. Now, this is going to be a push lever. Once the lever is down, once it actuates, it's gonna pull back. As you can tell, you can hear that sound that it makes, that that means that it is old, it needs to be replaced, it's rusting. But with this new one, we're gonna have a spring actuator here, so it's going to pop right back. It's gonna be very easy to actuate, very easy to function and it's going to be a big upgrade.Now, this one is also going to look a lot nicer but it is still gonna be made of the same material that the factory one is made of. Now they're both made of a steel material so you can ensure that they are gonna hold up and their integrity is going to be strong for a long time. But this one is gonna come with a gasket which is nice so we don't have to reuse our factory one. And it's gonna have a nice matte black finish on top, again, perfect for a refresh and it's going to protect that steel underneath. So there are a lot of similarities between the two, this is a factory replacement part. However, this is going to be an upgrade, not only with the look but with the functionality as well. So what do you say we go ahead and install our new door handle?So what we can do now is insert our door handle into our door. Now again, you want to make sure that that gasket is on there, you also want to make sure that it's oriented in the correct way. You don't want to flip it this way, you want to make sure that the little pin is going to line up with the latch, so that's going to insert just like this. Gonna pop that into place. Then we can go inside the door and now we have to reinstall the door pins or the doorkeepers. So what we need to do is install them the facing down and we need to make sure that they go in from the top. So this is going to be a little tricky. We just have to get them in place because once they're in place we can roll down the window and we can tap them fully into place. But right now with the window down, we wouldn't be able to reach it, so we are gonna have to kind of again finagle this up there and into place. We also wanna make sure that the teeth are facing outward. All right. That's one. So after both of the doorkeepers are in, what we can do is actually roll down the window and we can tap them into place so they're secure.So what I'm gonna do is take our window handle and roll that down all the way. What I did was just kind of pop the window seal out of the way. And what we're gonna do is carefully knock them into place. So I'm gonna take a flathead, it's actually might even be a little too big. We're gonna push them down on either side and they should go down into place. And now when we actuate our door handle, it's not gonna be moving around. So now that they are pushed down into place what we can do is just put our window trim and seal back in. We can take our window and roll that back up. So now we can take this lever that we removed before, and we're gonna have to reinstall this clip here. So if it's not lining up, what you can do because this can move up and down, that's the door actuating system, I'm gonna move it down, line that up with that pin and it should just slide right on. There we go. So once that's on there, we can take this small little pin, reach on up and slide that into place. So I find it a little bit easier to use needle-nose pliers for this. I do have small hands but it is a little bit difficult to reach your hand in there and grab this pin at the same time, so this is very helpful to do. And again, this is going to be difficult to see.So now that our clips back on, we can reinstall our grab handle support. We can tighten that up with a Phillips head socket or a Phillips head screwdriver. Then we can reinstall our door panel. Gotta kinda hook that in from the top. Right. Then we can reinstall our screws to make sure that everything is staying in place. I'm gonna start with the Phillips head screws up on the top. Then we can install the Torx screws down at the bottom. Then we can reinstall our door handle. Now, this is gonna go this way. We have our lock which is gonna be the top one and then the door handle part which is gonna be the bottom one. So this is going to be a little bit tricky just because it's in a weird spot. Now that we have our interior door handle re-installed we can install our Phillips head screw. Then we can reinstall our window crank. So again, this is going to have the washer right here. I'm going to put this in place. And then what we need to do at this point is re-install our C-clip. I'm gonna get that on there and in place and once it's there, we can take a flathead, push that down in. So once it's pushed all the way in and it's not backing itself back off. So after you've reinstalled your window crank then you're all set to go. And you can repeat that process on the other side.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. 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      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • OE Style Exterior Door Handles
      • Direct Fit Replacement
      • Durable Metal Construction
      • Matte Black Finish
      • Reuses Original Factory Hardware for Installation
      • Available Individually or as a Pair
      • Fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ Models with Full Steel Doors


      OE Style Replacement. If one or both of your TJ's original factory exterior door handles are malfunctioning, don't worry because OPR has you covered. These OE Style Exterior Door Handles feature a clean OEM appearance that looks great. These OPR Door Handles not only look great, but they will also function like brand new making them an ideal replacement part.

      Durable Construction. OPR manufactures their OE style replacement Exterior Door Handles from a durable automotive grade metal. OPR then completes their Door Handles in a matte black finish that matches your TJ's existing factory trim.

      No Drilling Required. This OPR Exterior Door Handle is designed to be installed reusing the factory hardware and mounting points. There is no drilling or modifications required for a straight forward installation that can be completed in about 1 hour's time.

      Application. This OPR Exterior Door Handle; Black is designed to fit 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models equipped with full doors only. Driver and passenger side are available individually or as a pair. Please select from the options available.



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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • Driver Side Exterior Door Handle - depending on selected options
      • Passenger Side Exterior Door Handle - depending on selected options

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