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Replacing the 914 Door Stay

Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing the 914 Door Stay


1-2 hours






Set of metric hex keys, needle-nose pliers, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 914 (1970-76)

Parts Required:

Driver and passenger side door stays

Performance Gain:

Doors that will stay open part of the way or all the way, as you desire

Complementary Modification:

Replace the outer door handles

Is your 914 door continually flying open or closed when you let go of it?  Chances are then that your 914 door stay (for lack of a better name) is broken.  This often worn device is responsible for keeping your door from swinging out and hitting other car doors when you open your door.  The door stay has two notches that allow you to open the door and have it stay open at a certain distance.  One notch is at fully open, and the other is partially open.

Very often, the cam on the door stay gets worn, or even completely broken, as documented in this technical article.  Figure 1 shows the door stay in its broken configuration.  In this case, the arm has completely snapped off.  In most cases, the cam on the door stay gets worn, or the springs that guide the cam break or fall off.

The replacement of the door stay (there is no real good way to repair them) is relatively easy, and can be done in about an hour.  The only part that you will really need is a replacement door stay.  Pelican Parts has plenty of good used ones, and we can supply new ones as well if you'd like.  A good used one is shown in Figure 2.  Very often, used door stays are missing at least one of the two springs that help guide the cam.  You will also need a set of metric hex keys.

The first step in replacing the door stay is to remove the door panel.  For the removal of the passenger side door panel, please refer to the instructions contained in the Pelican Technical Article, Installing the Passenger Side Mirror.  The door stay replaced for this article was on the driver's side.  The first step is to remove the map pocket from the door.  There are two screws that usually are concealed by little black plastic plugs on either side of the map pocket.  To remove these screws, you will need a metric hex key set.  After the screws are removed, there are three sheet metal screws that hold both the map pocket and the door panel to the metal door frame.  Carefully remove these three screws, and pull off the map pocket.  The door panel should resemble Figure 3.  You can clearly see where the two mounting screws and the three sheet metal screws attached the door panel to the door.

Now, you need to remove the inner door handle, window crank, and door panel.  The procedure for doing this on the driver side is identical to the removal procedure for the passenger side which is documented in the Passenger Side Mirror Article mentioned previously.

After you have the door panel removed, then remove the cotter and clevis pin that hold the door stay arm to the car.   This is shown in Figure 4.  If you are careful, you can reuse the cotter pin.  A pair of needle-nose pliers are useful for removing the cotter pin from the clevis pin.

The next step is to unbolt the door stay from the car.  Loosen and remove the two bolts shown in Figure 5.  The door stay should now slip out of the door.  Installation of the new one is as easy as removal.  Insert the replacement into it's home position in the door.  The left and right door stays are interchangeable.  Tighten down the bolts and reattach the clevis and cotter pins.

Replacement of the door panel is relatively easy as well.   Make sure that the clips that hold the door panel onto the door are firmly attached at the top.  Also, make sure that the three sheet metal screws that hold on the map pocket and the door panel thread all the way through into the metal door frame.   Sometimes it can be difficult to get these to line up into their respective holes.

Well, that's about it. If you have any questions or comments about this helpful tip, please drop us a line.

NOTE: As of 12/12/2016 the door stays are No Longer Available per Porsche. 

Snapped and Broken Door Stay
Figure 1

Snapped and Broken Door Stay

914 Door Stay
Figure 2

914 Door Stay

Driver Side Door Panel Removal
Figure 3

Driver Side Door Panel Removal

Clevis and Cotter Pins
Figure 4

Clevis and Cotter Pins

Mounting Bolts for Door Stay
Figure 5

Mounting Bolts for Door Stay

Comments and Suggestions:
Fatboy007 Comments: Thank you for the instructions... made the repair go soooo smooth
July 15, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Marty Comments: Can you please publish a technical article for replacing the door stays on a 1987 928 S4? Thank you.
December 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'll see if I can find one, but the procedure is pretty similar on the 914, 911 and the 928. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: Where can I find a door stay reinforcement kit, but cant seem to find one? Weltmeister used to make one. I have a 1977 911
April 11, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

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