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Author Topic: Outer door handles?  (Read 1322 times)

BiPoBro

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Outer door handles?
« on: March 03, 2017, 02:21:44 PM »

I was wondering if there were any outer door handles that people know of that work with the Capri. The cold weather here recently has taken a toll on the already brittle plastics and my driver side door handle snapped. I'm in desperate need of a replacement and just can't seem to find anything that will work (within my rather small budget that i'm working with now)
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WashiestSnake

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:05 PM »

I believe for the outer they are 1986 Mazda 323 door handles. The interiors are Mazda b600 truck.  Jack Byrd can comment on this hes replaced his.
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greywolf27030

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 12:05:47 PM »

Yeah, eBay did have them for $10 or something for one for 323.  They are shiny rather than flat, but I like it better because it matches the windshield and other door trim and he trim on the top cover.  I think Probe and Tracer handles also fit.  Check it out.

Jack Byrd
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SHOwn

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 02:02:04 PM »

You probably have what you need already, but don't know it. If the hinge mechanism and spring did not fail, but the handle no longer operates the latch, you can swap right for left. The actuator rod is clipped to a rather weak plastic ear with a hole in it which mounts to the rear hinge of the two hinges on each door handle. Rear = toward rear of car. Forward of the front hinge on the same molded plastic piece is an identical hole and boss, so these can be swapped. My nice body colored handles both had the rear hole position break off so I just put them in the other side doors and used the forward boss and hole (because on the other side of the car forward now became rear) and they work perfectly.





« Last Edit: February 01, 2018, 09:41:32 PM by SHOwn »
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R. Powell
'91 XR2, LM 16" Chrome Drifters, White Gauge Faces, Kuhmo 40's, Big Brake UG, 2.5" Mandrel Bent CATback, BMW318 Heated Seats, `94 console, '99 Dodge Neon Spoiler, '94 XR2 Sideskirts Bumpers and taillights, Fresh Basecoat-Clearcoat Cardinal Red (Jul2014), vj11/vj14 hybrid, manual boost CTL.

BiPoBro

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 03:10:25 PM »

Thanks gents, I'll get on ordering a 323 door handle. And thanks for the suggestion SHOwn, but we've already had to swap sides with the door handles once already. The driver door wouldn't open from the outside when I first started to work on the car :P
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greywolf27030

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2017, 12:04:46 PM »

As much trouble as that thing is to get in, I don't want to have to do it if I don't absolutely have to.

Jack Byrd
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garlson

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 03:38:11 AM »

I know moderncapriparts sells custom made exterior door handles also.
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Ronaldhoff

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2018, 12:10:57 PM »

I recently had to replace the left outside door handle on my 1992 Capri.  I found that they interchange with the 90-94 Mazda 323 and 90-95 Mazda Protégé.  Dorman 93853 which is the right side is available from Auto Zone and Advance Auto.  The left side is Dorman 93854 which seems to be hard to find.  If you need a left, just switch the plastic holder for the actuator rod as right and left door handles are the same.  The Dorman handle seems to be made better than the original in that it has two springs instead of one. 
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SHOwn

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Re: Outer door handles?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2018, 12:35:12 PM »

Great tip Ronald! Good to know.
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R. Powell
'91 XR2, LM 16" Chrome Drifters, White Gauge Faces, Kuhmo 40's, Big Brake UG, 2.5" Mandrel Bent CATback, BMW318 Heated Seats, `94 console, '99 Dodge Neon Spoiler, '94 XR2 Sideskirts Bumpers and taillights, Fresh Basecoat-Clearcoat Cardinal Red (Jul2014), vj11/vj14 hybrid, manual boost CTL.