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How-To: Installing Chinese door handles on your Mk1 Volkswagen

Chinese Door handles

Mk3-style door handles (Chinese handles)The stock door handles can easily be upgraded to units with a more contemporary style. The mk3-style pull handles eliminate both the broken trigger syndrome associated with older handles and frozen triggers during winter.

Volkswagen upgraded Chinese models such as the Santanna with mk3-style handles and these handles fit on mk1 and mk2 North American cars. Obtain a set of Chinese from a parts supplier (or eBay) and the instructions instructions will allow you to get far:

(Note: On some cars two knobs of the sheet metal must be removed with a Dremel to have the locks to sit flush.)

At this point the door will open and close properly but the lock will not work well, if at all. To correct this the lock lever needs to be extended a little. Look at the following image:

To do this:
>Cut a small piece of aluminum to size with a dremel
>Drill a hole in the lock lever and bolt the aluminum to the underside
>Bevel the aluminum a little to improve the feel and smoothness of the locking action (yes it's not pretty but it will be hidden)
>Remember to use threadlocker to make sure the bolt wont loosen and allow the extension to rotate

The whole installation should take only 30-60 minutes for both sides. If there is any window interference then the windows can be adjusted as per the Bentley.

Write-up courtesy of VRTEGO, of Mk1Dubs FAQ

Contributed By: Sparky on Monday, May 19 [ Rate this tutorial ]

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