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Rear door exit handle mod

I got tired of exiting out the rear door using that crappy plastic latch that is 10 inches off the floor

So this is my mod that I just finished so I have a nice exit lever

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Very nice. I like it.

I shaped a piece of wooden dowel to fit into the plastic release, glued it in place and use a toe to open the door.
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****, I just took a bag full of old mt bike parts to the Goodwill yesterday!
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Pretty sure my rear door is different, some kind of lever and I think it is higher, but I would have to get dressed and go out and look. Mine was built early 2016. Still a huge hassle to enter/exit by the rear doors. Definitely on the project list with the 2" lift coming soon.
That bicycle handle really gives it the "steam punk" look.
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****, I just took a bag full of old mt bike parts to the Goodwill yesterday!
Oh man, I need to get rid of some stuff also
I have 4 drawers full of old cassettes, chains, cranks, brakes, pedals, etc
None of it is any good to use on a modern bike

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Pretty sure my rear door is different, some kind of lever and I think it is higher, but I would have to get dressed and go out and look. Mine was built early 2016. Still a huge hassle to enter/exit by the rear doors. Definitely on the project list with the 2" lift coming soon.
That bicycle handle really gives it the "steam punk" look.
My 2015 is the same with the stupid finger hole latch. A simple solution is to just glue in a short length of wood dowel in the finger hole. Then latch is easy to push down to open the door.

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EL34, I like it. Great idea! What part of the latch mechanism did you attach the cable end to and how is it attached?

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EL34, I like it. Great idea! What part of the latch mechanism did you attach the cable end to and how is it attached?
I found a half round section on the plastic housing that contains the electric door solenoid stuff.
I was able to attach a bicycle seat tube/brake cable stop there.

So my black bike cable housing comes to that point and terminates
There is about 3 inches of the stainless bike cable exposed after the housing
I attached my brake cable to the cable end point of the van cable with a screw on cable stop

It's hard to picture and it was impossible to get good pics of it all

If you undo the 3 screws that hold the lower van door latch (the 3 in my video)
Then pull the whole assembly back and twist it, you can see the van cable stop point that opens the rear door
You need to pull on that cable just as if you are pushing down the black plastic van door opening mechanism

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Thank you. I may have a go at it when the weather warms up.

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Oh man, I need to get rid of some stuff also
I have 4 drawers full of old cassettes, chains, cranks, brakes, pedals, etc
None of it is any good to use on a modern bike

Both my current bikes are Carbon fiber frames, carbon fiber wheels, carbon fiber parts and 1 x 11 SRAM XX1 drive trains
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I ride 1999 Specialized FSR with a Manitou carbon race fork of that era, Kooka cranks from 1996-1997, Wheelset I laced up with Nukeproof hubs and Ritchey triple butted spokes, 3x10 (20-46 front, 11-28 rear)! Sounds dated, but it's under 24lbs and rides great. Every time I test ride a new bike, like the Yeti SB75, Ibis, FSR, Ghost, Breezer Repack, etc. that I think might be a good update, they don't ride or handle as well as my old bike! Santa Cruz 5010 is supposed to be pretty good, I might look into one. Kind of sold on getting 650b with 2.35-2.5 rubber for the cushy ride.
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