So this is something I have always wondered about, but I did not take any action to get the part until it was too late...
For many years, I spotted the OEM optional chrome R33 door handles on Yahoo Auctions. And then, suddenly last few years, they seemed to disappear. So I had given up on this mod as recently as 2018, when I was putting my interior back together after the FUBAR that happened at Worx. But recently I found someone who had figured out that the same part was offered for certain Infiniti models and thus still available.
So, I took a chance and got a pair.
This was an easy enough install. Remove the door cards, remove the plastic cup behind the handles, unbolt the handles from the mount and carefully remove the two hooked hard wires that operate the door mechanisms.
Anyway, once I had temporarily reinstalled the door card, it looked like this
|Kinda busy, huh|
Finally, I decided to go back to the standard black plastic for both the cup and the handle.
So currently my car has carbon on the left side and none on the right. But don't forget, these cars CAME with fake carbon imprints on the main and sub gauge clusters, which I of course replaced out with real carbon (initially gloss, but then I went to matte). At the time I thought that it would make sense to have more real carbon in a matte finish replacing just plain black plastic, but now I am honestly tempted to go back to all black plastic. Is less more in this case? What do you guys think?
tough decision, the OEM chrome looks pretty good
I prefer the original plastic ones, maybe the chrome ones will start to chip over time.
Stock looks best.
I think I definitely prefer the black plastic handles. The CF print cups and window switches are subtle enough that I sort of like them. However, I think just having them be black allows them to blend in better and it doesn't pull your eyes away from the rest of the interior.
OEM chrome-look plastic is kind of tacky IMO. The Celsior/LS400 had the usual plastic for the surround but the actual metal for the interior handle which feels nice. Same idea on the exterior door handle which made it less likely to snap off in your hands after 20 years.
Hey thanks guys! Agree, some times simple is best. I suppose if the metal was not chrome but actually carved from real metal, and more like brushed aluminum, and therefore more subtle, it might work.
Oh well, another detail to obsess over....!!!
Those chrome handles remind me of the ones in the Stagea. Not really sure about the CF cups, but I think it the chrome handles look a bit out of place.
Dave - yep went back to OEM. Simple and clean. Do wish they had billet alum or real titanium as an option though. Would be very tempting...
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