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Project Toyota FJ Cruiser
Swapping the Door Handles
The easiest FJ upgrade ever.


Of all the upgrades that you can do to the FJ, this has got to be one of the easiest.  Only one tool is needed and about 10 minutes of your time, or a "one beer job".  The tool you need is a #30 Torx bit and a ratchet or screw bit driver (to turn the torx bit).

My 2010 FJ Cruiser is Sun Fusion and my goal is to give it a Yellow / Black look.  To achieve this look, the silver on the vehicle needs to either be painted black or swapped for black items.  I read a few posts online about people who painted their grill, door handles and mirrors only to be disappointed when the paint chips on the grill and mirrors or wears off door handles.  So ideally, it's better to go with items that are molded black rather than painting them.  The Trail Teams Special Edition Package has several blacked out parts such as the door handles, grill, sideview mirrors and bumper parts.  Also apparently the Tundra door handle is the same as the FJ handle and it is available in black, at a cheaper price than the FJ Trail Teams part, though I've also heard that they are the same part number.  It could be aftermarket jacking up the price, who knows.  Either way, it's a cheap upgrade.  A quick search yielded several dealers who sell these online for about 30 bucks a set.  I've also heard that the Toyota dealer price is pretty cheap, but I haven't verified their price.   Here are the part numbers which might be the same # for both Tundra and the FJ Trail Teams Edition:

Toyota Tundra Door Handles:
Cover with key hole - P/N 69217-0C010
Door handle cover - P/N 69210-0C010


Like I said, this job is super easy to do and cheap.

FJ Door Handle Removal & Install:
  1. First, open the door and find the black plastic plug in the door jam and remove that.
  1. Look into the hole and you'll see a Torx screw.  The torx screw is held in place by a plastic retainer clip so you don't have to worry about dropping it into the door.  Using a #30 Torx bit, loosen that screw.
  1. Thinking I had to hang onto the Torx screw once it was backed out, I quickly chewed some gum, but of course I didn't have to worry about it.  But a good tip anyway.
  1. Loosening the Torx Screw.
  1. With the Torx screw loosened, you should be able to wiggle out the locking mechanism.
  1. Look at the back of the locking mechanism and locate the small slots in the cover.  Carefully pry the plastic cover off.  The flat side is the easier side to pry away.  Ok, so you need a second tool, a flathead screw driver, or a pocket knife.
  1. This is the new cover.  Line up the tab with the slot on the rounded side of the cover and clip the new cover onto the locking mechanism.
  1. Grab the handle and slide it towards the open hole about a half inch.  Click, and it's disengaged.
  1. Now rotate the handle out of the hole and the other side will come free from the door.
  1. New Handle!
  1. Insert the hinged side of the handle into the hole, followed by the lock side of the handle.  Slide it away from the lock side. Click. It's in.
  1. Next insert the locking mechanism into the door.
  1. Tighten the Torx screw snug, but not too tight.  It's a small screw tapped into aluminum so be gentle but firm.
  1. Put your plug back in and Voilą!  That side is done.  Step back, admire your work and finish half of your beer.  Remember to save half of the beer for the other side.

I do think the black looks better.  Much better.




Project FJ Cruiser

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