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1987-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handles Installation

Created by Jude Horstman / 8 min read
Date Created: 12/8/2022
Last Updated: 2/9/2024

Easily replace your faded or worn our Fox Body door handles with the help of this step by step guide from Late Model Restoration!

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How To Remove & Install Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handles (87-93)

Broken 87-93 Mustang door handles are a common problem. Often this is due to the 20 plus years of abuse the doors take. Follow along as we show you how to replace fox body exterior door handles. Installation does require you to drill out your old door handle rivets and replace them with new rivets.


Before we get started, here are some of the tools that you will need:

  • Drill with 1/4" Drill Bit
  • Hammer
  • Drift/Punch Set
  • Painters Tape
  • Compressed Air, Vacuum, & Microfiber Towels


Removal Steps

  1. We'll start with the door panel and its associated components removed from the car. Check out the removal process for 1981-1986 or for 1987-1993 models.

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  3. With the door panel removed from the car, go ahead and protect the surrounding area with several layers of low-tack painter's tape.

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  5. From inside the door, push down on the rod to remove it from the arm.

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    How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle - How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle

  7. Lift up on the handle and position an appropriate size drift over the mandrel in one of the rivets.

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  9. Drive the mandrel out with a hammer. Do the same for the other rivet.

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  11. Carefully drill out both rivets with a quarter-inch drill bit.

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    How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle - How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle

  13. Remove the handle and the tape. If you plan on installing new door handles, leave the tape on, and scroll to the installation process.

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    How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle - How To Remove 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Outer Door Handle

  15. Blow away the debris with compressed air and clean the area with a waterless wash product and a microfiber towel.

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  17. Vacuum up the debris that fell to the bottom of the door frame.

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  19. Repeat these steps for the other side.

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Installation Steps


  1. Remove the door panel and tape off the area around the door panel.

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  3. Grab your hammer and your drift pin and knock the small hardened steel mandrels that are left in the original rivets.

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  5. Grab your drill and drill through the head of the rivet making sure to stop once the head pops loose. DO NOT DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH.

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  7. Now that the rivet heads are removes, you can go ahead and push down on the inside rod and remove the handle from the door.

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  9. Slide the new handle into place and engage the rod from the inside of the door.

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  11. Line up the new handle and install the included rivets with a large rivet gun.

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We hope you appreciate our commitment to the Fox Mustang and that you found value in this guide. That’s all we have for you today, so until I see ya in the next one, y’all know what to do; for all things Fox Mustang, keep it right here with the real enthusiasts, LMR.com!


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Published on 2022-09-29
In this video, Landan explains the removal procedure for the outer door handle on a 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang.
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