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Old 03-30-2024, 09:35 PM
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Having redeemed myself with my brotherhood, I felt like I was qualified to tackle the DHC replacement, so on this wet and cold Easter Sunday, I cracked into it....

After removing the old DHC, I cannot see much wrong with it (it's an eBay chapepie - has last over 5 years of daily use). The gears on the arm are a very loose mesh and have a lot of play and the cable seems a tad too long. Combine these two factors and opening the door had become very mucn hit or miss.



The new Frey part certainly fits WAY better than the older part. I recall fighting with the eBay cheapie to get it to mount - the Frey part fits perfectly. A couple of things I did to it to ensure correct operation was to slightly shorten the cable...

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After...



... and I added a zip tie to the pivot.

This was also a good chance to replace the home-made centre clip that I made when I found it was missing when I last replaced the DHC.



So nice to have a good working driver's door again!!
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I'd never heard of Frey parts until now. What's the consensus on these?
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Did I see correctly that cable length is adjustable!?
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Old 03-30-2024, 10:03 PM
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I'd never heard of Frey parts until now. What's the consensus on these?
I can only vouch for the DHC.. but they do have a website... so that's a good start...

Frey Auto Parts | Home | Supplier of Mercedes Benz and BMW
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Old 03-31-2024, 01:58 AM
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Did I see correctly that cable length is adjustable!?
Yep - the ball-end can be moved on the ferrule. Only a small amount...Most are like this - my old DHC wasn't though.
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I dropped my wife off at departures and then drove around to the other side of the airport to park the X5 for a few days while we are out of town. I immediately realized as i got out of the car that the funny feeling I had was due to the fact that I forgot my wallet.

What I did for my x5 today was flog her like a rental car back to the house to get my wallet, and then back to the airport. Expensive mistake as I had to put her in a lot right by the terminal, rather than my normal monthly parking place. No drama from the X on her high speed run back and forth thankfully.
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Recently went though the same situation dropping a friend at the airport. 80 minute round trip. Did it in about 70.
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Old 04-01-2024, 07:19 PM
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Did I see correctly that cable length is adjustable!?
Hey Andrew,

I just found this image (from Attacking Mid) in your original AWR-fix post about the DHC...



Ya must've forgotten about it!

https://xoutpost.com/1205761-post76.html
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I definitely didn't remember that tip good catch.
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Haha the DHC expert "forgot"
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