1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

door handle replacement help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mkimmayer, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Sep 9, 2021 at 8:36 AM
    #1
    mkimmayer

    mkimmayer [OP] Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2021
    Member:
    #366207
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    Hey all,

    Apologies if this has been covered in a previous thread. my 2000 tacoma was broken into on a recent trip down to baja - driver side door handle and locking cylinder were busted.

    took it to one of my local mechanic to order replacement parts and was quoted at $110 for a new cylinder and $144 for a new door handle from toyota...

    the cylinder price i sort of understand but $144 for a new plastic door handle seems bit absurd, no? would i be better off ordering something like this from amazon?

    thanks for any advice!
     
  2. Sep 9, 2021 at 9:05 AM
    #2
    coff33

    coff33 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2021
    Member:
    #373266
    Messages:
    243
    Vehicle:
    5vzfe manual
    Local Napa sells Dorman brand handles for <30.
     
    tacojim02 likes this.
  3. Sep 9, 2021 at 9:28 AM
    #3
    OpeCity

    OpeCity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2021
    Member:
    #357705
    Messages:
    2,479
    Long Beach, CA
    The cheaper handles will break constantly.

    There’s a metal replacement on rock auto form “SKP” (part number SK79344 and SK79345) that is better than those $18 Amazon jobs. They run about $30 each. Kind of a middle ground in quality vs price
     
    Currygoat and TACOTU3 like this.
  4. Sep 12, 2021 at 12:41 AM
    #4
    SecureIT2021

    SecureIT2021 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2021
    Member:
    #360168
    Messages:
    162
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    99 SR5 Xtracab 3.4L V6 Manual
    Hi-Fi Antenna, Bilstein B8 5100's, Fender Flares, Grille, Wheels, Side Mirrors, Rear Bumper, Ext. Door Handles, LEDs, Plate/Tail Lights, Smoked Signal Lens/3rd Brake Light, Westin Bull Bar, TRD decals, Infinity 7 speaker sound system - kicker / amp /8" sub. Dynamat throughout cab.
    IMO it's best to stick with OEM parts (when you can) because as someone mentioned in a previous post, 'These' exterior door handles will last. They're designed differently and even weigh more compared to aftermarket parts. I bought 'replacement' door handles from Amazon and the guy at the shop laughed and said "I bet I can guess what you paid for these" followed by $20 to $25 - he was right. He then said "they won't last you a year". Sent them back, and placed my order with Boch Toyota South. The side by side comparison was my 'lightbulb moment'. It's not just about the 'fit'. Get parts that will last awhile.

    You should view and bookmark this site https://toyotaparts.bochtoyotasouth.com/ best to order your parts by VIN and you'll be surprised at how competitive the prices are compared to online outlets, and Toyota dealerships within close proximity to where you live. These folks are in MA. Hope this helps.


    69220-35020 - Handle Outside - 1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma Left - No Chrome

    https://toyotaparts.bochtoyotasouth.com/oem-parts/toyota-1995-2004-toyota-tacoma-handle-outside-6922035020?c=Zz1ib2R5JnM9bG9jay1hbmQtaGFyZHdhcmUmbD0yJm49U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHMmYT10b3lvdGEmbz10YWNvbWEmeT0xOTk5JnQ9c3I1JmU9My00bC12Ni1nYXM=

    69210-35020 - Handle Outside - 1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma Right - No Chrome
    https://toyotaparts.bochtoyotasouth.com/oem-parts/toyota-1995-2004-toyota-tacoma-handle-outside-6921035020?c=bD0xJm49U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHMmYT10b3lvdGEmbz10YWNvbWEmeT0xOTk5JnQ9c3I1JmU9My00bC12Ni1nYXM=
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2021
    greenevt likes this.
  5. Sep 12, 2021 at 8:45 AM
    #5
    MalinoisDad

    MalinoisDad Misanthropic dog person

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2017
    Member:
    #224205
    Messages:
    1,365
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    Vehicle:
    01 TRD PreRunner 5VZ
    5100s w/ 881s, JBA UCAs, J59s, other stuff and things
    Our door handles also get stiff due to grime and a lack of lubrication. When you gain access to the parts from inside the door panel, I would hit the moving linkage parts with some Superlube in a spray can. I did this to my door handles and they’ve been incredibly smooth operating ever since. Also, be prepared for the new key that comes with the new lock to not work on your unbroken door, as well as not start the truck. Might also want to get an alarm. Keyless entry was a nice side perk to having an alarm installed.
     
    Currygoat likes this.
  6. Sep 12, 2021 at 8:57 AM
    #6
    nagorb

    nagorb Should be a dang perma mod

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Member:
    #52025
    Messages:
    9,352
    Gender:
    Male
    Alabama
    Vehicle:
    2001 dbl cab 4x4
    I've heard a lot of folks replacing with OEM just to have it fail in a few months. I replaced with a metal one, I don't see it failing anytime soon.

    I believe the 2000 ones are different @JKO1998 might have the part link
     
  7. Sep 12, 2021 at 9:03 AM
    #7
    JKO1998

    JKO1998 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2015
    Member:
    #156578
    Messages:
    51,495
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    Silver 07 4.0 V6 4X4 Cement 18 3.5 V6 4x4
    I wouldn’t mess with Oem now that these are available


    T1A Metal Upgrade Left Driver and Right Passenger Side Black Exterior Door Handle Pair Replacement for 1995-2004 Tacoma 69220-35020 69210-35020 Metal https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YQBPHS9


    as far as I know the handles are the same through the 1st Gen years
     
    cfmill74 and nagorb like this.
  8. Sep 12, 2021 at 11:38 AM
    #8
    SecureIT2021

    SecureIT2021 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2021
    Member:
    #360168
    Messages:
    162
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    99 SR5 Xtracab 3.4L V6 Manual
    Hi-Fi Antenna, Bilstein B8 5100's, Fender Flares, Grille, Wheels, Side Mirrors, Rear Bumper, Ext. Door Handles, LEDs, Plate/Tail Lights, Smoked Signal Lens/3rd Brake Light, Westin Bull Bar, TRD decals, Infinity 7 speaker sound system - kicker / amp /8" sub. Dynamat throughout cab.
    Hmmm,...metal upgrade eh? can't argue with that :thumbsup: not pushing back, but the OEM door handles I've installed are solid. It's good to have options though.
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2021
  9. Nov 27, 2021 at 11:22 AM
    #9
    Milor

    Milor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Member:
    #253519
    Messages:
    309
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shaun
    Vehicle:
    03 Tacoma sr5 .TrD offroad 5spd..
    supercharged 2" pulley 6 puck clutch
    all the plastic handles that were under $30 have not lasted a year... especially once it gets cold the plastic gets brittle
     
  10. Nov 27, 2021 at 12:01 PM
    #10
    OpeCity

    OpeCity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2021
    Member:
    #357705
    Messages:
    2,479
    Long Beach, CA
    Yep. The metal ones work a lot better.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2021 at 5:56 PM
    #11
    Milor

    Milor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Member:
    #253519
    Messages:
    309
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shaun
    Vehicle:
    03 Tacoma sr5 .TrD offroad 5spd..
    supercharged 2" pulley 6 puck clutch
  12. Nov 28, 2021 at 6:18 AM
    #12
    exminnesotaboy

    exminnesotaboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Member:
    #20904
    Messages:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    Maple Grove, MN
    Vehicle:
    01 Tacoma 4x4 V6 SR5 TRD Xtra Cab
    Bilstein 5100's / OME 881's / Wheelers 5 leaf pack / Level8 MK6/ 265/75-16 Bridgestone Dueler tires
    My drivers door handle broke earlier this week and I installed the 11.99 Amazon handle yesterday. I would have paid a ton for the metal replacement that is mentioned in this thread, but since those don't seem to be available now, I went the cheap way. I usually want OEM for as many replacement parts as possible, but the mention of them breaking as well lately steered me to install the cheap one and wait for the metal one to become available as a spare when the cheap one eventually breaks.

    Install was a breeze, but I had to reuse the gasket from my old one. The new gasket was a harder material and had some flaws where it contacts the door. Other than that, it looks good
     
    Milor likes this.
  13. Nov 28, 2021 at 8:30 AM
    #13
    OpeCity

    OpeCity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2021
    Member:
    #357705
    Messages:
    2,479
    Long Beach, CA
    The unpainted SKPs I mentioned are on rock auto right now. It’s a black plastic outer handle but with metal underneath where the cracks occur.
     
  14. Nov 28, 2021 at 10:29 AM
    #14
    Milor

    Milor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Member:
    #253519
    Messages:
    309
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shaun
    Vehicle:
    03 Tacoma sr5 .TrD offroad 5spd..
    supercharged 2" pulley 6 puck clutch
    can you take a picture of yours?Not sure which parts are metal underneath. the way mine always breaks is the handle you open with your fingers snaps off.
     
  15. Nov 28, 2021 at 10:32 AM
    #15
    OpeCity

    OpeCity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2021
    Member:
    #357705
    Messages:
    2,479
    Long Beach, CA
    I’m not near my truck but that’s exactly what happens. However, if you grab closer to the actuating arm (near the key hole side), even the cheap ones last pretty long
     
  16. Nov 28, 2021 at 10:54 AM
    #16
    JKO1998

    JKO1998 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2015
    Member:
    #156578
    Messages:
    51,495
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    Silver 07 4.0 V6 4X4 Cement 18 3.5 V6 4x4
    The part that you touch with your fingers are solid metal.
     
  17. Nov 28, 2021 at 11:25 AM
    #17
    Milor

    Milor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2018
    Member:
    #253519
    Messages:
    309
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shaun
    Vehicle:
    03 Tacoma sr5 .TrD offroad 5spd..
    supercharged 2" pulley 6 puck clutch
    so handle where your fingers touch is metal and its black? because the only metal handle I could find in stock were chrome.
    is this the right one?
    More Information for SKP SK79345 (rockauto.com)
    on my passenger door thats how I'm openig it very carefully, but as soon as it freezes at night its going to be game over.
     
  18. Nov 28, 2021 at 11:40 AM
    #18
    JKO1998

    JKO1998 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2015
    Member:
    #156578
    Messages:
    51,495
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    Silver 07 4.0 V6 4X4 Cement 18 3.5 V6 4x4
    I don’t think any of the chrome ones are actually metal, still just plastic.

    the T1A metal door handles might be sold out
     
  19. Nov 28, 2021 at 5:07 PM
    #19
    SteveW504

    SteveW504 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2019
    Member:
    #303407
    Messages:
    40
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Vehicle:
    '96 4WD
    Body lift by previous owner. Rear welded locker by same fool.
    My outer handles kept breaking, metal or plastic. I found out on this forum that removing and thoroughly cleaning and lubricating the latch mechanism will be the remedy (not for your vandalism issue, but for difficult thus breaking handles). I'd suggest that on an older truck like these are, to just take the latch out and clean/lube it while the inner door panel is off and everything is apart. The outer handle comes off with the two bolts and connectors removed, and the latch by a couple more bolts, and the window channel (brilliantly in place with a flexible rubber link holding the metal channel in place for service) easily sliding out of the way. I live 7 miles to pavement, and the latch mechanism looked like a lump of dirt. After cleaning, the plastic $11 ebay handle has worked perfectly, effortlessly, for over two years now. That tip courtesy of whoever answered me back then. ...replacing the new outer handle requires it to be put into place, and slipped down to line everything up. The lock will be what makes putting it back in a bit of a task, but it can be wiggled into place.
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #19
  20. Nov 29, 2021 at 2:59 PM
    #20
    OpeCity

    OpeCity Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2021
    Member:
    #357705
    Messages:
    2,479
    Long Beach, CA
    3F91FA0C-348B-46F7-A1F3-A33E22C1DBDE.jpg
    F92D21D5-5872-4F46-80B8-CFABC5DB1B99.jpg
     
    Milor[QUOTED] likes this.
To Top