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90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 11:13 AM
Is it just me or do the mk2 door handle brake onthe regular... mine just snaped off in my hand. Ill go through 3 sets a year, am I instaalling then wrong? Or and I just a newb at opening my doors.

PS - the passenger side brakes at about the same rate...

twardnw
2010.11.08, 11:27 AM
squeeze, push, pull ;)

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 11:47 AM
this is the first time the part you squeeze has broken on me, most of the time its the internal parts the brake first....

twardnw
2010.11.08, 11:53 AM
sounds like there might be some gunk built up in the latch mechanism, causing too much resistance for the plastic parts of the handle

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 12:04 PM
i just ordered a new set from world pac, so I'll have new ones in about 2hours.

Rabbit 16v
2010.11.08, 12:23 PM
make sure your door is in proper alignment, the latch is well lubed, and the contact point for the finger and the lock are greased. If you have armor door plates, that can kill a door handle pretty quickly. Also, the ones from WP used to be Hella and worked quite well. Not sure about JLB or Vaico.

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 13:05 PM
Ive been doing the Vaico the last 3 times, but this set has lasted the longest. I think the door might be out of alignment, and I wasn't aware there were armor door plates, how can I tell if I do have them?

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 13:13 PM
Never mind I just googled them I don't have the armor plates. they look kinda goofy...

Rabbit 16v
2010.11.08, 13:17 PM
http://www.autotech.com/images/products/810_202.jpg

Thats an armor door plate. keeps people from prying the shit out of your door to get in. Also covers up unsightly marks from when someone actually DID pry their way in.

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 14:15 PM
WOW just got both brands in and there is a major difference the JLB handles have a much better feel to them and the clearances on the moving parts are much tighter together, and on top of that have some grease already on the part. As for the Vaico brand, the clearances are sloppy at best, the moving parts have alot of free play to them and are not pre-greased.

doppelfaust
2010.11.08, 14:43 PM
My Fox has MK2 style handles, I switched over the MKIII style handles and they actually kick ass! They took A LOT of tweaking to get them work correctly but since I swapped them on I have no complaints. Its a much more natural motion when opening as well, unlock and pull.

90mk2golf
2010.11.08, 16:56 PM
Installed and they work great. BTW is there a write up on how to make the mk3 handles work Im interested in doing this.

joel
2010.11.08, 21:54 PM
I've only ever used OEM handles... ie. used handles found on other parts cars. But I've never had a problem with braking as long as I keep the handles tight, and use them carefully enough.

joel
2010.11.08, 21:55 PM
Installed and they work great. BTW is there a write up on how to make the mk3 handles work Im interested in doing this.

they're not mk3 handles.. they are mk3 style handles. Basically the mk2 is still sold in China as a new car along-side the mk4, so it has gotten a lot of weird updated bits over the years. One of those updates was mk3 style handles that drop right in as replacements for the mk2 handles. You can get OEM handles sometimes, but most of the time the ones you find online are cheap replacements that brake easily.

twardnw
2010.11.08, 21:59 PM
*break* people, not brake

joel
2010.11.08, 22:05 PM
*break* people, not brake

hahahaha... can't believe I let that slip through. I make that mistake typing it out often, but usually catch it.