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TR4/4A Replacing Door and Window Handles _ Should Be Simple - But Its Not


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I just spent 2 hours doing a 15 minute job (OK not unusual for me), but I 'm sure there must be a better way.

I noticed the screw holding the outside door handle was loose, so I took the handles and door card off so I could get to the screw - this time with Loctite.
However, the other hour and 45 minutes were devoted to getting the inside door and window handles back on. I'm sure there is an easier way to do this.

First, is the large end of the spring securing the black plastic supposed to be inside the door? That's the way it was when I took it out, but seeing the design of the plastic, it made me think that maybe part of the spring is supposed to be inside that plastic. However, I left it the way I found it. I then pressed the handle and black plastic in, using a hole punch to line up the hole in the handles with the hole in the door and window protrusions. I then pressed them from the other side to insert the pin and force it through. Only took about 20 minutes for the window handle, but the door handle was another story. I finally took a bolt cutter, cut off part of the spring and then it only took another 20 minutes.

Again, it sounds easy but it is a PITA (and not the bread).

Surely there is an easier way, so I'm looking for advice for when I have to do this again!


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My experience is very old (see humor section of forum on expansion of past), but I think the spring thingies go in the handles, which you then push onto the tapered ends of the operator, expanding the springs until they drop into the groove.


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I always liked the phrase "Experience may be the best teacher, but I can no longer afford the tuition"

Marvin Gruber

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Spring goes under the panel, compress black ring back enough to push pin it. I have found the easiest way to install pin is use a clothes hanger, straighten the rod,insert the rod into handle to mark the length, score each side at that mark. Compress black ring, install handle, the scored long rod should slid in, then snap the long rod off. That should do it



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I have come to the conclusion that Triumph had a group of 3 handed people whose job it was to do this. I needed to use both hands, (one on each side of the black plastic to fully compress the spring). and a third one to insert the pin Because of this when they ran out of 3 handed people, they had to shut down the factory.
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