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LX and LXI (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your LX or LXI model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE ISSUES INVOLVED WITH ANY LAWSUIT.....list your LX and LXI Parts here too.

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Old 10-09-2017
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Yikes I may be in for a treat
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I broke both of those in the BMC I owned. Can't remember how I got it out without breaking the mirror but I do remember that it was tedious and nerve wracking. I wasn't going to go through that again so I did some Texas engineering.
It seems that I remember there were two threaded holes in the metal housing. I drilled thru the wooden back of the door and put stainless screws with fender washers in from the back side.
I can't remember all the details but it seems like that I might have needed to thread the metal holes to accept the screws from the back.

I like Mark B's idea of removing one of the door catches. Those doors are way too hard to open. The only bad part of that would be the twisting effect on the door as it is pulled open.

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These are adjustable if they're too tight. If I recall they just thread in to loosen, and out to tighten.
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Mike you are correct they thread in to loosen and out to tighten. My LXI has them on the top and bottom of the door. I have gotten the old handle out yet however I'm still perplexed as the old handle had a spring in it to keep the handle closed. The replacement ones dont. I have the spring bot have no Idea how they put it in the handle. The things on these birds just keep ya saying hmmmmm
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Mine were glued in with a clear silicone. I saw the recommendation to use a heat gun but I was concerned about a heat gun releasing the glue in the door veneer as well. I also saw where the heat gun did not work for one gentleman. While here at the Birds at the Beach Rally, two owners had experienced broken handles. One said the heat gun and pliers worked for him and the other it didn’t and he ended up drilling a hole from the backside and driving it out. For me, I drilled several 3/16 holes (16 in total) in the front of the latch, then stuck a 90 degree pick in to break up as much of the silicone as possible and then finally used needle nose pliers in the holes to pull the broken handle straight out. Be very careful not to try to pry it out as you will likely break the mirror.

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This has been posted before, and just recently, but here we go again.

Having replaced a number of these, I found the easiest, quickest, and simplest way is to use two screwdrivers behind the broken piece, apply pressure, and wait for the silicone to part. Clean it out, and install a new one, but apply a tiny piece of tape over the holes in the back of the new handle assembly. Drill no holes. Apply no heat. Break no mirror. Say no xxxx words.
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But there are 4 screwdrivers in the picture.......HAHA!
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...and that's because you need four hands to work on a Blue Bird, ...or do it with smoke and mirrors, and I don't smoke, so, four screwdrivers.
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... Drill no holes. Apply no heat. Break no mirror. Say no xxxx words.
What's the fun in that? I thought number 4 was a requirement when working on our Birds!
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