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Old 7th-September-2009, 13:57
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Default Freelander 1 Tailgate Handle

I need to replace the handle after i reversed in to a post I was just wondering how easy it is to replace it and change the key barrel over ?

Any advice welcome

Gareth
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Old 7th-September-2009, 14:35
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I need to replace the handle after i reversed in to a post I was just wondering how easy it is to replace it and change the key barrel over ?

Any advice welcome

Gareth
Will need to remove the interior tailgate trim. With the window raised remove 4 screws holding bottom of trim to the tailgate, carefully release 7 trim clips around tailgate, the top of the trim is attached by 5 hooks so lift it upwards and outwards.

Remove plastic waterproof liner.

There are 3 nuts holding handle to the tailgate.

The lock barrel is held in by retaining pins that can be unclipped with pliers.
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Old 8th-September-2009, 21:28
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Default Re: Freelander 1 Tailgate Handle

if you do a search, I did a rather spiffing write up on how to repair the handle when you back into a post. does involve having to stop and pick up all the pieces first though.
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Old 9th-September-2009, 14:07
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Will need to remove the interior tailgate trim. With the window raised remove 4 screws holding bottom of trim to the tailgate, carefully release 7 trim clips around tailgate, the top of the trim is attached by 5 hooks so lift it upwards and outwards.

Remove plastic waterproof liner.

There are 3 nuts holding handle to the tailgate.

The lock barrel is held in by retaining pins that can be unclipped with pliers.
Thanks Howardo.................... Job done
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Old 13th-December-2012, 17:01
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Default Re: Freelander 1 Tailgate Handle

Thanks to Optimus Prime, I saved €200 by following his simple fix instructions in order to repair my broken tailgate handle that broke off in my hand the other day.

I used an epoxy that was specifically for plastics.

Thanks again OP... props to you

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the reason superglue doesn't hold it is due to it's lack of strength. To glue them back together you need to do a 2 stage repair. First rough the surfaces with fine grade sandpaper until they are a nice matt finish. Then glue them with the superglue and allow to dry fully, would give it an hour somewhere warm.

Then go over the surface of the repairs with araldite, a nice thick coat extending well over the cracks and beyond to sound plastic.

The superglue provides a quick fix whereby the bits are held together, then the araldite which takes longer to dry will provide the strength.

good luck, but this really does work. I backed into a post in mine and broke the tailgate handle. swallowed my pride and spent 10 mins picking up all the bits, and then took it home and fixed it like this. That was 3 years ago and no problems yet.
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Old 22nd-January-2013, 21:46
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if you do a search, I did a rather spiffing write up on how to repair the handle when you back into a post. does involve having to stop and pick up all the pieces first though.
Cant find it . I searched the freelander section and your threads . Never mind .
My handle is proper broken and a new one is 163+phat from local stealers .Cheapest I found online was 80 odd+ from Duckworths .

I intend cutting 3mm sheet aluminium (or whatever I can find)to the shape of the inside of the handle and it will sit at least a few mill inside . I will glue it to the handle using araldite or some such adhesive , after I mark and drill for new bolts .

I might also fix it some other way once I get the handle off and and see what I can do . I did fix it before using super glue iirc , to glue the broken bits back on . Its held for atleast 2 years, but the bolts are very rusted and the rubber backing is perished badly .I might use the old rubber backing or I might use some inner tube .
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Old 22nd-January-2013, 22:14
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Cant find it . I searched the freelander section and your threads . Never mind .
My handle is proper broken and a new one is 163+phat from local stealers .Cheapest I found online was 80 odd+ from Duckworths .

I intend cutting 3mm sheet aluminium (or whatever I can find)to the shape of the inside of the handle and it will sit at least a few mill inside . I will glue it to the handle using araldite or some such adhesive , after I mark and drill for new bolts .

I might also fix it some other way once I get the handle off and and see what I can do . I did fix it before using super glue iirc , to glue the broken bits back on . Its held for atleast 2 years, but the bolts are very rusted and the rubber backing is perished badly .I might use the old rubber backing or I might use some inner tube .
They come up on ebay regular.
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They come up on ebay regular.
Usually about 100 for a new one. Breakers might do them for a bit less - try John Daunter they've been good .
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Old 25th-April-2013, 07:29
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Default Re: Freelander 1 Tailgate Handle

just put my freelander through mot, found out that there is no prop shaft fitted, have i been shafted?? WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON FOR REMOVING IT ?? CHEERS STEVE
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Old 25th-April-2013, 07:57
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just put my freelander through mot, found out that there is no prop shaft fitted, have i been shafted?? WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON FOR REMOVING IT ?? CHEERS STEVE
Try doing a search! It's been covered and I for one am sick of answering it! Plus this threads about tailgate handles? Search freelander vcu, you should find what you need!
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