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Installation of 968 Door Handles On a 1986 944 Turbo

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Installation of 968 Door Handles On a 1986 944 Turbo

Daniel Popovich


2 hours2 hrs






Flathead screwdriver, piece of wire, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 (1983-89)
Porsche 944 S2 (1989-91)
Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)
Porsche 944S (1987-88)

Parts Required:

968 door handles

Performance Gain:

Replacement handles that look better (depending on your opinion) and are more sturdy

Complementary Modification:

Have a locksmith re-key the 968 lock cylinders to accept your old key

First acquire some door handles.

To remove your old door handles you will need to access the back side of the door. Remove the door panel.

I chose to cut out the plastic that was in my way to speed up the instillation.

The view of the lock assembly should look something like this.

The gold bar coming down from the handle releases the door when you squeeze the handle. This is the first piece to disconnect.

Thread a string or wire around the base of the arm and pull on it while you push the metal piece it's attached to with a flat head screwdriver.

Once removed unscrew the single philips head screw that secures the handle located on the back jamb of the door.

The door handle will now be loose and you can push and pull on it until it starts coming out.

Using a flat head screwdriver you can pry the white plastic connection loose from the locking mechanism. The handle is now completely loose and can be removed from the car.

The new handle is nearly identical and you need only reattach the locking mechanism and lever arm and the handles will work fine.

  • NOTE The lock cylinders were not interchangeable between my door handles and the new ones. I took mine to a locksmith and if you give them your existing key they will be able to re-key the 968 lock cylinders to accept your old key.

Comments and Suggestions:
Terrible Comments: ndle where the arm that is part of the door handle itself was broken off. I found a junker that served meI hopebut I gave up trying to put all these pieces together. I contacted a body shop that will ????install the mechanism for $45.00. Well worth it. Seems like Porsche has a problem with broken door handles that supports the mechanism that connects the door lock ball mechanism to the other ball connection via the plastic link and the long bent arm. Any comments?
May 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: handle carriers break on all makes and models. Not necessarily just a Porsche issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bob C. Comments: I have the same problem with the window guide being in the way. I located and removed the bottom bolt with no problem but cannot find the upper one. Caan you advise where it is and how you get access to it. I tried with both the window up and down. With the bottom bolt out I can wiggle the guide but it is still held at the top. From how it moves it seems to be bolted from behind the glass?
October 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if I remember correctly, there is a bolt that is at the top of the guide, pointing up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dsmblue Comments: The large sheet of metal is the rear window guide, which is removable by two bolts, one top and one bottom.
July 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Jonathan Comments: Thanks, Wayne... I think. laugh I will have to take a look at it this weekend, and if I find it to not be removable I will take some pictures and get your opinion.
August 6, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Jonathan Comments: This is not quite the same task I was involved in, but I was simply trying to replace the "gold" arm that connects the outer door handle to my lock mechanism.

There seems to be a large sheet of metal between my interior of the door and the outer skin of the door that does not allow me to access this linkage, except trying to micro-engineer it with tweezers from outside... is there a way to remove this inner piece of metal to tackle my job from the inside?
August 4, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, I'm not sure about that. I would guess it's only removable if it's bolted in, which it's probably not. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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