This DIY will show you how to make an inexpensive set of Porsche RS style door pulls/releases for your NA. They are easy to make and install. And the best part is they don't damage any stock parts, so if you don't like them you can reinstall your stock handles.
What you'll need:
-(4) small washers (aprox. 1/4" ID, 1/2" OD)
-(2) nylon 1" spacers (or a bit of vacuum line)
-Grommet kit (believe I used a 3/8" kit. Get a size that will fit your belt materiel)
-Belt materiel (at least 36")
-Scissors or utility knife
-Philips head screwdriver
What to do:
First, cut your straps. You'll need two per side, one short and one long.
The short one is simple, cut an 8" length (if you're using a nylon for the straps make sure you use a lighter to singe the edges to prevent fraying)
Next, the long one. I used a 19" long bit to make the pull, but you can make this as long or short as you want.
Fold over the piece and put two grommets through both layers, one right at the end and another 1/2" farther up.
That's it for the straps, now we go out to the car.
Take the door card off by first removing the Philips head screw from the door handle cup. Then pull the speaker cover off. If you have manuel window cranks you'll need to remove them too. Now work your way around the sides and bottom of the card carefully pulling away from the door. Once you have all the pops um... un-popped, you can lift the door card up and off the door.
Close up of the door handle assembly:
You can see the three Philips head screws you'll need to remove to take the handle off, but first un-clip the door latch actuator rod from the bottom of the handle like so:
Leave the lock actuator rod connected to the handle, and un-clip it at the other end:
Now remove the three screws holding the handle assembly to the door, save the screws you'll need to use them in about 2 seconds.
Here's what you should have at this point:
Take one of the screws you just saved and put a washer on it, then poke it through both layers of the short strap you made earlier, then screw it into one of the white plastic retainers that the door handle attached to (the ones on the right side in the above picture)
Now take another screw + washer and attach the other end of the short strap.
Now take the long strap and thread it onto the latch actuator rod like so:
Now for the spacer. If you got nylon spacers then use a hacksaw to cut a slit in the side (sorry I don't have any pics of this, but here's some of the vacuum line prototype that I used [which seems to work fine]) If you're using vacuum line, cut a length equal to the length of the part of the actuator rod that is bent towards the outside of the car:
Cut a slit up the side of the line and slip it onto the actuator rod. Put a zip tie around it to keep it from falling off like so:
At this stage you're pretty much done. The rod should look like this:
Now just thread your long strap under the short strap, and enjoy your new door pulls!
Note: At some point soon I'll make a DIY for the door cards I made, but this will work with the stock door card if you just want to try it out.