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As you all know, there is a plethora of articles and videos showing how to REMOVE the Cayman's door panel. I followed them to the letter and the panels came off rather easily.

But now I can't get them back on the door! And I can't find one article or video that tells how best to reinstall the panel. Most just say "reverse the process." All the screw holes are lining up, and I can hear some of the pins going back into place. But many pins won't go back into the door hole and the ones that do come out easily.

What am I doing wrong? I did read that the pins on the panel can be damaged. I'm thinking this might be the problem. But how do I know which are bad and which are still good. Plus, is it absolutely necessary all the pins go back in place. I'm thinking if I broke one or two per panel, the panel still should hold tight once the other pins are in place, right or am I talking out of my butt?

If I need to buy more pins should I just pay retail and get them from the dealer or is there a cheap place online that ships them out quickly?

Many thanks for any advice or guidance...


Here's what all the pins look like. I removed one to see if I could just push just it into the hole in the door. It won't stay put. What the heck am I doing wrong?

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So I have not had my Cayman door panels off, but I've run across similar pins before. Not sure what you're doing wrong. That pin looks OK to me. 1a/1b on the diagram are one part, 2a/2b the other. You need to wedge your fingers between 1a and 2a to get part 1b tightly against 2b, then wiggle 2b into the hole pushing ONLY on part 2a (not 1a!). Once you have fully seated 2b in the hole by pushing on 2a, keep pushing on 2a so it doesn't sneak out, and push 1a home. There should be a hidden shoulder on part 1 that will force the fingers on 2b to open and hold tight. Or at least that's what I remember from prior cars. Good luck.

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So I have not had my Cayman door panels off, but I've run across similar pins before. Not sure what you're doing wrong. That pin looks OK to me. 1a/1b on the diagram are one part, 2a/2b the other. You need to wedge your fingers between 1a and 2a to get part 1b tightly against 2b, then wiggle 2b into the hole pushing ONLY on part 2a (not 1a!). Once you have fully seated 2b in the hole by pushing on 2a, keep pushing on 2a so it doesn't sneak out, and push 1a home. There should be a hidden shoulder on part 1 that will force the fingers on 2b to open and hold tight. Or at least that's what I remember from prior cars. Good luck.

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Thanks! I'll give it a try and post my results!
 

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Your photo clearly shows the fastener in what I'll call its locked (i.e. installed) position. You'll need to unlock the fastener prior to reinstalling the door panel. One way to do so is to use two plastic door panel pry tools against each other, to spread 1a & 2a until 2b & 1b meet. There's a ramp on part 1 that spreads the "petals" on part 2 until the assembly locks in position as shown.
I hope you find this explanation useful.

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Your photo clearly shows the fastener in what I'll call its locked (i.e. installed) position. You'll need to unlock the fastener prior to reinstalling the door panel. One way to do so is to use two plastic door panel pry tools against each other, to spread 1a & 2a until 2b & 1b meet. There's a ramp on part 1 that spreads the "petals" on part 2 until the assembly locks in position as shown.
I hope you find this explanation useful.

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I was only able to "unlock" one of the fasteners by hand. I think I have a couple pry tools, so I'll give that a try next. Thanks for all the suggestions!
 

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One way to do so is to use two plastic door panel pry tools...
YEEEEESSSS! I used one pry tool and was able to pry the clips back to their unlocked position! The only problem I found was the clips go into the lock mode quite easily. So when I was putting the panel back on, if I didn't line the clip with the hole perfectly it would go back into lock position before fully inserted. I did get the panel back on the door, but I don't think all of them are properly locked in place. But after bolting the door back in place it seems pretty secure, so I'm good.

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These are intended to be one time use clips. Next time don't cheap out and buy new clips. lol
Good to know. I've re-attached many (non-Porsche) clips over the years without issue, but it seems the Porsche ones are a little different, an indication being the apparent difficulty in getting them fully retracted.
 

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Good to know. I've re-attached many (non-Porsche) clips over the years without issue, but it seems the Porsche ones are a little different, an indication being the apparent difficulty in getting them fully retracted.
I've pulled door panels off several times, and typically had to replace only one or two clips each time. A little warmth from a blow drier makes the plastic clips more pliable and easier to unlock. It's important to be sure that all the clips are aligned with the holes in the door before pressing​ them into the locked position.

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