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    1. Member edisonr's Avatar
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      12-18-2006 06:29 PM #1
      Today I needed to remove the passenger side door skin. After searching around, I couldn't find one. I was very surprised and I decided to take pictures along they way.
      The door skin removal is actually easier than what you would think. Tools needed are only:
      1. 20 Torx
      2. 30 Torx
      Only one person can perform the door skin removal and it can be done in 15 min. The same thing for putting it back together.
      Now, I'm not a professional, and this DIY should only be used as a guide. I can not be held responsible for any damage you may cause to you or your car while carrying out this procedure.
      Ok, here we go:
      1. Open the passenger door and remove the trim covering the door screws, starting from the bottom.


      2. Remove the grey sticker covering the access to the screw that holds the door lock.

      This is what you'll see inside the access hole:

      3. Using a 20 torx, undo the screw until you can pull out the lock cover while pulling on the handle.

      4. Pry off the door handle clip.

      5. The door handle is now pretty much free. Pull back (arrow direction) the handle to release from the mechanism.


      6. You'll see the first one many screws you're going to undo. Remove it and put aside.

      7. Now, go over the edges of the door and you'll see the 30 torx screws that hold the door skin.

      Make sure you know where each screw came from, since there are three different types:

      8. At this point the door skin is free. Set it aside where it won't get scratched.
      9, Have a
      10. To put the door back together, just reverse the steps.
      Please let me know if there is something that doesn't make sense or needs more detail.
      Enjoy, Edison

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      12-18-2006 06:34 PM #2
      Very nice DIY. Thanks so much for doing this!
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    4. 12-18-2006 06:44 PM #3
      omg you are my hero. i've had a busted lock cylinder for months now and not had any idea how to put the blank in.
      thank you, sir.

    5. 12-18-2006 06:48 PM #4
      oh btw, is it the same for the driver's side?

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      12-18-2006 06:51 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by rukkus »
      oh btw, is it the same for the driver's side?

      I'm not 100% sure, since I didn't work on that side.


      Modified by edisonr at 5:53 PM 12-18-2006

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      12-18-2006 07:22 PM #6
      And what was rattling in there?
      I have a few rattles in the passenger and drivers doors occasionally

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      12-18-2006 07:29 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by zither99 »
      And what was rattling in there?
      I have a few rattles in the passenger and drivers doors occasionally

      Two rivet butts (I don't know how to call it) that were holding the factory speaker (that was after drilling them off).

    9. 12-18-2006 09:03 PM #8
      do you have to hold the door handle out when you put the lock cover back on?
      tia

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      12-18-2006 09:40 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by rukkus »
      do you have to hold the door handle out when you put the lock cover back on?
      tia

      Yes you do.

    11. 12-18-2006 10:03 PM #10
      thanks gonna go out and give it a shot

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      12-18-2006 10:10 PM #11
      what would possess one to do this?

    13. 12-18-2006 11:02 PM #12
      thanks a ton for this man. stealership told me anywhere from $94 to $194 not including hardware to do what took me all of 7 minutes.
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      12-19-2006 03:10 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by 00VR6Tong »
      what would possess one to do this?

      Easier and safer than removing the interior trim?
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Stubby, Esq. View Post
      buy both, save time.

    15. 12-19-2006 05:25 PM #14
      Do you have a picture of the car with no door skin? I'm very curious as to what it would look like.

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      12-19-2006 06:35 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by CYap6176 »
      Do you have a picture of the car with no door skin? I'm very curious as to what it would look like.

      Sorry, I forgot to take one.

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      12-20-2006 03:55 PM #16
      Pic of it inside (from your original request thread edison) [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] https://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2982943

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      12-20-2006 04:02 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by FUZE »
      Very nice DIY. Thanks so much for doing this!
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      Excellent! Peter already added it to FAQ! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    19. 12-20-2006 06:37 PM #18
      On an aside, it makes painting the door easier, no?
      You can remove the door skin and paint it away from the car with no risk of overspray.

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      12-21-2006 10:59 PM #19
      I find it excessively odd that this can be done so easily. But I guess that's because I don't own an MKV.
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      03-04-2007 01:09 AM #20
      I followed this guide to remove my drivers side door skin. I took a few pictures of whats underneath:







      This is the door handle/lock frame, removed in the above pictures:

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      03-04-2007 01:57 AM #21
      Is there enough room on the door skin for a sheet of sound deadener? It would be nice to throw a sheet of sound deadener on the door skin prior to putting back on. That would decrease more road noise and improve sound quality of the door speakers.

    23. 06-15-2007 06:28 PM #22
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      did you take any picture of the skin by chance?
      reason i m asking is, some idiot banged his mirror into my door and i have a dent that s like 1 inch from the from the side of the drivers door and 2 inches below the window. so hard to reach in order to fix it.
      would be interesting to see if you could get to it by following your DIY....

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      08-13-2007 11:35 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by edisonr »
      3. Using a 20 torx, undo the screw until you can pull out the lock cover while pulling on the handle.
      Enjoy, Edison

      do you completely remove the screw?

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      08-14-2007 12:51 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by corradodonato »
      do you completely remove the screw?

      Nope, undo just until you can pull out the lock cover.

    26. 08-19-2007 01:30 PM #25
      great DYI

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