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  Installing Power Windows in a New VW Beetle
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The New Volkswagen Beetle is catching on like wildfire. They are everywhere you look. This Beetle was bought used without power windows. An Electric Life kit from A1 Electric and a few hours of work are all that's necessary to remedy this
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
The VK77-Kit for the New Beetle comes with 2 power units, switches, wiring and hole caps. Just about everything you'll need to complete the installation. Follow along and we'll show you how easy it is to have power windows in your Beetle. Electric-Life VK77-Kit Power Window Kit
Removing VW crank handle The old window handles are removed by grasping the ring under the handle and pulling it away from the knob as shown.  The handle then lifts off its shaft.
The handle on the door panel has a cover that is clipped on.  A small screwdriver needs to be placed into the small recesses between the handle top and bottom to pry it off. removing handle trim from door panel
removing screws from door panel There is a large phillips head screw at the top and bottom of the handle that need to be removed.
There are also some screws along the bottom edge of the door that need to be removed.  These screws have a Torx T20 head. removing the scews from door panel
removing the doorpanel Carefully pry up the clips along the edges of the doorpanel using a doorpanel tool, bent scrapper with a v cut into the blade or a large screwdriver.  Our installer is careful not to break any of the plastic clips.  Any broken clips should be replaced with new ones obtained from a local dealership.
The door panel is then carefully lifted away from the door.   lifting door panel off of door
removing linkage and wires from door panel The cable linkage to the inside handle must be unclipped along with the wiring to the light and the door lock switch.
3 screws hold the crank mechanism onto the regulator.  This crank drive mechanism and the regulator underneath, sandwich the sheet metal in the door.  The 3 screws are removed using a Torx T30 driver. removing screws from manual crank
removing manual crank mechanism from door The drive mechanism is then lifted away from the door.  Ours was stuck from age and needed a little coaxing with screwdriver.
If it didn't come off with the old drive, the plastic gear needs to be removed from the regulator.  removing plastic gear from regulator

This concludes the first phase of the installaton,   See part 2 for the completion of this installation.

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