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How To Replace Fox Body Mustang Door Latch Assemblies | 1979-93

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 5/28/2021

Check out LMR's article to replace your Fox Body Mustang Door Latch Assemblies. This will ensure that your 79-93 Mustang door is securely closed.

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In this article, we will be going over removing and installing 5.0 Resto's door latches for the 1979-1993 Mustangs. These door latches are a vital part of any Fox restoration. 5.0 Resto has stepped up yet again with a superior restoration item for your Fox.

The door latch will serve as the main junction point between all of your inner door rods. These will also ensure that your door is securely shut to keep you and your Fox body safe. One of the leading causes for failure on these will be the door alignment. Years of wear on the hinges and striker will cause premature failure of these latches. Overall these replacement steps should take you around an hour per side.

Some of the tools you will need for this one will include the following:

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Needle Nosed Pliers
  • 1/4" Socket Set
  • Door Panel Removal Tool

Today in the shop, we have our 1990 Mustang GT that we will be working on. Let’s head over to the car and walk all of you through how these latches go on.


Removal

  1. Start by opening the drivers and passenger doors. Next, you will need to remove your door panels from the vehicle. If you are not familiar with this process, don’t worry; we have you covered. Our Fox Body Door Panel Removal Articles for 1981-86 & 1987-93 models should answer any questions you may have.
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  3. Once you have your door panels removed, you can start by removing the (3) Phillips screws on the door jam’s outer edge.
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  5. Now that the latch is loose, you can start to disconnect all of the interior rods connected to the latch. The order you can remove these rods that I found most accessible will be the outer door handle, inner door lock knob, inner door handle rod, the door lock actuator, and the door lock cylinder.
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  7. Now you can remove the door latch from the car.
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  9. Before going back in with the new latch, you will need to either transfer the old door lock actuator bushing back over to the new one, or you will need to replace this with our 5.0 Resto door latch rod replacement bushings.
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  11. We would also like to note that these parts will be side-specific. Make sure you install the left hand on the driver side and the right on the passenger side.
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Installation

  1. Going back in with the new latch will be a little tedious. Make sure you reverse the procedures on the door rods and take your time here. Ensure all of the rod clips are secure and there is no binding on any of the rods once installed.
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  3. The new latch assembly will include (3) new screws and washers for the installation. You need to make sure to use these; the factory hardware will not fit on the new latch.
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  5. Loosely screw in each of the screws, then fully tighten.
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  7. Once you have the latch in place, verify the proper operation of each component once completed. Make sure to repeat all of these steps for the other side.
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  9. Now you can reinstall your door panels.
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  11. Check over your work and admire how much easier your door is to open and shut!
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We hope that this video has helped you and you have a better understanding of how to install these door latch assemblies.


As always, make sure to keep it here with the Real Mustang Enthusiasts at LMR.com.


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Published on 2021-04-09
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LRS-04282E-K
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LRS-11654B
LRS-11654A
LRS-13350D
LRS-13350A

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Mustang Instrument Cluster Bezel
Ensure the gauges in your Fox Body are housed properly with this 5.0 Resto 1990-1993 Mustang instrument cluster bezel! This bezel is usually the victim of holes being drilled into it for aftermarket tachometers and alarm systems. Years of removal and reinstallation cause the mounting points to break. 5.0 Resto's bezel replaces these holes and broken mounting points with a fresh bezel for your dashboard switches to mount to. To provide a complete solution, 5.0 Resto includes a new steering column dust seal and structural support rod to replace what's usually missing. 5.0 Resto's instrument cluster bezel is the perfect restoration piece for your Fox Body interior!

5.0 Resto Quality
5.0 Resto products are designed and manufactured with OEM fit and finish in mind, and this instrument cluster bezel is no exception. Featuring a durable plastic construction, you'll feel a difference the moment you lay hands on this new bezel. Along with new mounting tabs, new pegs are molded in place to properly locate the included rubber dust seal. Factory style grain and texture are applied to closely match the rest of your interior. Provisions are in place to house both of the upper dash switches, as well as the dimmer switch in the lower left of the panel. 5.0 Resto really nailed the details with the included polished metal support rod that's secured in place with factory-style screws. New rubber bumpers are included to ensure the new bezel doesn't rattle against the dash. All mounting hardware needed to secure the bezel to the dash is included to make installation quick and easy.

Installation Note
This bezel must be painted to match the rest of the dash. We commend our black interior paint kit.
If upper dash mounting locations are damaged, be sure to grab our LRS-04280-RK repair kit to pair with the new bezel.

Application
Fits 1990-1993 Mustang
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