This is a standard install that replaces the cable door opening system with the JDM rod system. It also runs the maplights on acc. power, so they only work when the ignition is on. I'm sure there are other variations but this is how I did mine.
- Flatblade screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- 10MM Socket & driver
- Crimp tool
- Wire cutters or Knife
- Safety glasses
- Door Panel removal tool
- Magnetic pickup tool
- Nitrile/latex gloves
Door Panel Removal
This is the same for the passenger and the driver side.
There are 3 fasteners that hold the door panel in place
1.) Behind the tab on the inside door handle. Use a flatblade driver to open the tab, and use the Philips drive to remove the screw. Image
2.) Behind the tab on the lower armrest handle. Use a flatblade driver to remove the tab, and use the Philips drive to remove the screw. Image
3.) In the upper Left corner there is a plastic screw. Use the Philips drive to remove it, then the flatblade to remove the clip. Image
You must now remove the inside door handle.
1.) Slide towards the front of the car. The handle has tabs on the inside which are prone to breakage.
2.) You can slide the handle through the opening, or you can remove the cable clips first, your choice.
3.) Use optional door panel tool to pry door clips or lift up at around 45 degree angle to remove the panel.
4.) Undo any quick connectors to your tweeters, power locks and windows if you have them. Image
Removing the locking rod and door opening Cable
1.) Pull back the handle to show the two clips holding the rod and the cable.
2.) Use the flatblade driver to unlatch the white plastic clips. Image
3.) Remove the lock rod.
4.) Remove the cable.
5.) Use the flatblade to lever the Blue cable piece out of it's housing. Image
6.) The door handle is now free, put aside.
7.) Remove the cable holder tab from the door with the flatblade driver. Image
Removing the End cable from the Door
This part is going to piss you off, and sometimes take awhile. There is zero room to work, but I found a couple of tricks to help you out.
1.) The end of the cable is in a bracket by the latch mechanisim at the back of the door. Image
2.) Behind that bracket is the end of the cable and it is in a white plastic clip like the ones on the inside door handle.
3.) There is a small hole in the door, put your flatblade driver in there and wedge it under the cable, infront of the bracket. Image
4.) Pull down on the flatblade to pry the cable out of the bracket. The cable is still connected by the white plastic tab. Image
5.) Remove the Large black grommet to the right and up of the 1st small hole. You can now see down to were the white plastic clip is. Image
6.) Steady the cable & clip with your left hand inside the door panel.
7.) Use the flatblade driver through the large grommet hole to unlatch the cable from the white clip. Image
8.) Remove the Cable assembly. Image
Installing the Rod System
1.) The Rods are Colour coded. Orange = Passenger. Blue = Drivers Image
2.) The Coloured end goes into the door. Install is the reverse of the cable removal. Image
3.) Your locking and door latch rods should be installed like this when you are done. Image 1 Image2
Connect the Pigtails
1.) Clip off exposed wire on one of the 2 pigtail leads. Either one is fine. Image
2.) Use a wiretap to splice into acc. power.
Passanger = Solid Orange Wire. Image
Driver = Solid Yellow Wire. Image
Silver dots on the wire are ok, but no stripes.
3.) Check to see if you have sufficient wire to reach the maplight when in the installed position.
4.) DOUBLE check to be sure you are tapping in to the correct colour wire Image
Optional: You may need to extend the pigtail lead for the power depending on how your harness is setup. I had to extend one of mine (Drivers Side).
5.) Crimp a "U" connector to the ground lead on the pigtail. Image
6.) Ground one of the pigtail leads to one of the Bolts in the door. Loosen with 10MM socket & driver. Image
7.) Plug the connector into the maplight.
8.) Turn on the ignition and test the maplight, by pushing the button on & off. Image
Installing the Maplight
1.) Use the Phillips drive to remove the 2 screws on the back of the handle. Image
2.) Remove metal frame, White plastic insert, and the back outside cover. Image
Optional: if you are installing a 6 LED bulb, gently pry the clear lense housing off using the Flatblade driver. Install the LED, Test, snap cover back into place. Image 1 Image 2
3.) Snap the maplight into the door handle housing.
Installing the Handle & Maplight Combo
1.) The white plastic tab the was used for the old cable must be removed, and placed the same direction as the locking rod's tab. (upside down) Image
2.) Plug in the maplight connector.
3.) Install the Handle. Reassembly is identical to removal.
4.) Install the Door Panel. Reassembly is identical to removal.
Rinse, repeat for the other Door. You're done!
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