Originally Posted by FMD
I was seriously considering doing this to my tail gate as well. are those plastic or are they metal? I almost think mine are metal, but then its like, Ford is too cheapt to use metal door handles... heh. how long it take you?
my other concern with it, is that alot people claim this stuff will pit easily in the salt.... whats your take on the quality of the handle? cause depending on the quality of the chrome job, depends alrgely on how long it will last.
The Ford one is solid plastic, the new one is chromed metal. It's pretty thick, and the chrome looks fairly sturdy. You can use chrome polish to keep the salt from eating it in winter. Just like I protect my metal and plastic against the harsh sun here in Florida, it's a matter of maintainance. It takes about 15 minutes to change the tailgate handle. The handle itself isn't attached to the lock levers, so it just drops right out.
I looked at the door mechanisms closer, and they appear to be different than the tailgate ones. They look and function similar, but the door ones have a place where the door rod attaches. I found no chrome ones to replace the doors, just cheap plastc chrome stick-ons.