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this one is for the removal of exterior door pillars on a 5 door. yu may wish to do this for some reason or another... 3 door is a million times easier as can be seen at the bottom
first up is the rears since they are the hardest!
first of all open your rear window. if, like me, you have council spec windows that you have to wind down, do so....

grab hold of the middle of the inner window seal and pull it outwards. the middle should come free then yu have to pull the rubber upwards to remove it from down the side of the window... push it inside the car to keep it out the way


next up you will see the 2 torx screws yu need to remove. they are either T20 or T15. remove the 2 screws CAREFULLY (if yu drop them they are most likely down in between the door frame and door skin... so dont drop em!). put the screws to one side. now assuming yu have the car door open pull the rubber seal towards the car (it only stays attatched at the top so its easy to move). now push the pillar towards the car body and lift it up. it should move out with a wiggle and a shake!

now yu have your pillar out take it to your workstation and do whatever yu are doing with it... i was vonyl wrapping but yu may choose to paint or replace


as always re-fitting is the exact same process as removal
push the bottom of the pillar in then slide the top away from the car. push down and screw it in place! insert the bottom of the window side seal and push down. will take alot of wiggling and pushing but it can be done! once its as far down as its going just make sure the inner and outer seal are back in line. then the seal closest to the cars body just requires a good thud back into place!

and so yu have a freshly done pillar!
now the front only requires on picture... window down, pull the middle of the window side seal and yu will see the 2 screws. you should be able to access these easily with a long enough Torx bit
again its a T15 or T20. slide away from the car and take it away. again re-fitting involves the same process in reverse


done this as a temporary measure till i can get them off for some proper paint

hope this helps
thanks!
 

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Re: How To: remove exterior door pillars (GTINC)

I guess you have never experienced a Canadian winter. Believe me. It's very possible. I have rock chip pits on my driver side glass.
 

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Heh, thanks for the support from a fellow Calgarian!
I've seen someone lose a side widow (drivers side) to a rock on Deerfoot Trail!
On a previous car, my sunroof got blown out by road debris.
In Calgary, the road crews lay gravel and sand instead of salt - its rough on windshields (I get a new one most years) but you don't get vehicle rust.
 

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Re: How To: remove exterior door pillars (GTINC)

No problem. I remember sometime last spring there were alot of people that had side windows shattered between Airdrie and country hills on the #2.


Modified by G Mills at 11:37 AM 7-28-2009
 

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Added to the FAQ. Thanks for the contribution, koosh-m!
 

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Re: (KyleCrish)

Quote, originally posted by KyleCrish »
anyone in souther NH wanna trade their gloss black pillars with my satin black pillars?

the problem with that is you also have to change your thin pillar located on the back window's of your jetta,
and it's a bitch to take off. have to take the door skin off etc it holds the window in place. I looked into it



Modified by Gkap at 4:14 PM 2-18-2010
 

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Quote, originally posted by Gkap »

the problem with that is you also have to change your thin pillar located on the back window's of your jetta,
and it's a bitch to take off. have to take the door skin off etc it holds the window in place. I looked into it


Modified by Gkap at 4:14 PM 2-18-2010

damn, i didnt know that would be the same as the other pillar. on my car i think i could deal with that being satin black. but i doubt the other car owner would be able to deal with having a gloss black rear. time to plasti-dip!
 

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you could always do vinyl over it will be hard tho.
I wanted to gloss black ones, way easier to clean and dont stain easily like the current satin ones. I could have it done my good friend is a mechanic at a vw dealer near my house he said its a bitch but do able.
 
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