Welcome to the on-line installation tutorial! Jimmi' Jammer™ Home

This tutorial will show you how to install a Jimmi' Jammer™ on a fullsize Chevy Avalanche, 2002 - 2006 and Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2002 - 2006. If you have a 2007 or newer Avalanche or Escalade EXT, use the tutorial for the 2007+ GM trucks. Scroll down the page to see the installation of our plate for your tailgate handle.

Rear Passenger door note: We now offer a Jimmi' Jammer™ kit for the rear two passenger doors on 4 door trucks and SUVs. The part number is 031505 and installation is similar to the front doors. We are now recommending installing the rear door plates if you have a 4 door vehicle. See the rear door installation here.

Jimmi' Jammer™ Part Number: 031500 (marked on back of package and each plate) should be used only on vehicles with a lock on each front door. Part Number 031502 will be phased in to replace PN 031500, but either kit will work on vehicles with a lock on each front door. If your vehicle has a lock only on the drivers side, use our kit PN 031501. Even doors without locks are vulnerable due to the locations of other lock rods and the latch assembly in the door. Install plates on all doors wherever possible.

Time Required: About 1 hour per door depending on experience.

Tools Required:

Installation Procedure:

Note: We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our tutorials, but sometimes the vehicle manufacturers have some changes we are not aware of. If you find exceptions or differences please email us info and pictures if possible and we will add the info to the tutorial.

Some pictures may have been added later, so the handle or body color in some photos may vary.

The first photo shows removal of the shroud around the lock slide switch. Gently pry the outer edges and the shroud will snap off.

Remove the door lock slide switch, then the door panel screw hidden behind the switch mechanism.

Gently pry the door handle shroud away from the panel. All the snaps are plastic so work carefully. See next photo for snap locations on the shroud.

Back side of the handle shroud shows snap locations.
Gently pry the upper inside panel corner trim piece off the door frame. (Triangular shaped piece at top of panel.)

Remove trim panel screw hidden just above the door handle pull. There may in some cases also be a screw hidden behind the handle pull shroud, look around and as you start the panel removal,

The door panel will lift up and away from the door frame. If it doesn't seem to come away easily, look for additional screws holding the panel in place. Once all screws are removed, the panel should slide up easily and come off the frame. Usually it is easiest to have the window down for panel removal, but you will need to roll it back up

Unhook the window and lock switch connectors and the trim light wire, see next photo.

Be careful with the connectors, most have a little locking tab that needs to be pushed or pulled to allow the connectors to come out of the sockets easily.

Before pulling panel away from frame, unhook the trim light wire by unsnapping the connector from the socket.

This photo shows the hole in the door jamb with the rubber plug.

Remove the rubber plug to gain access to the upper handle nut. It is generally not necessary to remove all three handle nuts, but loosening the third may give you more room to work by slightly dislodging the handle from the door.

Loosening the upper handle nut.
Gently peel splash guard away from the door frame. Pull it off far enough to get your arm in the hole at the bottom.

Access to one nut is gained by removing a second rubber plug in the door, shown here where the nut driver is inserted into the hole after the plug was removed.

Handle stud locations can be seen on the next photo below.

To remove the handle:
1. Disconnect the lock rod at the pawl by snapping the lower part of the plastic rod holder off the rod, then pull the rod back out of the pawl.
2. Disconnect the handle pull rod, either at the top or bottom, whichever is easiest for you to reach.
3. There are 3 nuts holding the handle on the door, remove them. (see next photo).
4. Pull the handle out of the door.

 

This photo shows the locations of the 3 studs holding the handle in the door. (Upper left, upper right and just to the right of the lock cylinder.

We are now providing the kits for this vehicle with a circular clamp for each lock cylinder. The purpose of the clamp is to reinforce the lock cylinder holder plastic to help prevent punching the lock into the door and to strengthen the entire assembly.

You can also see here the circular clamp has been placed around the lock cylinder. Read the next steps before tightening the clamp.

 

Note: Refer to the plate you have in your kit, check the marking for a Rev Letter, such as K or M for this step as the clamp placement will differ depending on the plate style.

Using the circular clamp supplied with the kit, adjust the clamp to just larger than the lock cylinder holder. Slip the clamp over the lock holder plastic, covering the snap clip that holds the lock in the plastic. Position the head of the clamp as shown in Photo A if you have plate style Rev K or earlier (H,I,J etc.). It is best to snug the clamp up before putting the handle back in the door.

If you have plate style Rev M or later, (N, O etc.) the clamp should be positioned as shown in photo B. For this placement, leave the clamp slightly loose and allow enough room between the bottom edge of the handle and the clamp head to allow getting the handle back in the door. You may have to move things around as you re-install the handle. Once in the door, tighten up the clamp, keeping the head as shown in photo B.

<A Place clamp like this if your JJ plates are marked with letters A - K after the part number.

<B Place clamp like this if your JJ plates are marked with letters M, N, O etc. after the part number. On this placement, don't tighten clamp until handle is back in door as you may need to move it to get the handle back in door.

Photo C shows how plates marked with letters M, N, O etc. will look when attached to the handle. Don't attach the plate to the handle yet, this is just to show how they will mount to the handle.

 

Photo D shows how plates marked with letters J, K, etc. will look when attached to the handle. Don't attach the plate to the handle yet, this is just to show how they will mount to the handle.

Some older plate styles may look a little different, but are still ok to use. Just be sure to use the circular clamp around the lock holder as this adds much strength to the assembly.

Some plates may be marked L (Left) or R (Right).
Drivers door is the left plate.
Passenger door is the right plate.

<C

<D

Now put the handle back on the door from the outside. Don't re-attach the rods yet as they will just be in the way.

Once the handle is back in the door, bring the plate in through the access hole as shown here. It may help to move the handle in and out a little while you position the plate over the two mounting studs nearest the lock. It may also help to use your key to move the lock pawl up or down to help get the plate in place.

When the plate is in place, and the hanle is back in place install the handle mounting nuts and tighten them snug, but do not over tighten.

Re-attach the lock rod and handle pull rod.


This photo shows the passenger side inside the door, with Rev K plate in place. Other plates, such as Rev M, will look a little different, but the idea is the same.

Once in place, replace all three handle nuts, reattach the lock and handle rods and test the operation of everything before re-assembly of door. Reverse the order of disassembly to put the door back together.

This completes the installation process. You can now do the other door!

Tech support line: 480-812-1600.

 

Rear Passenger door note: We now offer a Jimmi' Jammer™ kit for the rear two passenger doors on 4 door trucks and SUVs. The part number is 031505 and installation is similar to the front doors. We are now recommending installing the rear door plates if you have a 4 door vehicle. See the rear door installation here.

Below is the installation tutorial for our part number 032200 for your Avalanche or EXT tailgate handle.

 

Tutorial for PN 032200
NOTE: This part has been discontinued. This tutorial remains active for informational purposes.

Avalanche and Cadillac EXT tailgate handle plate for 2002 - 2006 vehicles. Model year 2007 and newer do not have the lock cylinder so no plate is required.

Special thanks to Keith in the AZ chapter of the Avalanche fan club for his assistance in designing and installing this kit on his Avalanche. Thanks Keith!

< Tailgate handle bezel. Look up under the handle and you can see the lock components. This makes them vulnerable and they need to be protected!

Drop your tailgate into the down position.

Remove the two screws that hold the bezel on the gate. Don't remove the three in the center of this picture.

Once screws are out, put gate back in up position.

AA
With the screws removed, the bezel should pull straight back away from the gate. There are two panel snap clips along the bottom edge of the bezel, pull staight back and they should pop out easily. BB

Remove the lock pawl by first removing the snap clip holding the pawl on the back of the lock cylinder.

Use a small flat screwdriver to pry the tab out of the pawl, then slide the clip off the pawl.

CC
Remove the lock pawl as shown here. DD

The top photo to the right shows the circular clamp that is provided with the kit.

(Note: Don't remove the lock from the holder, these photos were added later for clarification and the lock should remain in place for entire operation.)

Slide the provided clamp around the lock cylinder holder as shown in the bottom photo to the right. Tighten the clamp snug, but do not over tighten.

The clamp will help strengthen the entire lock assembly and help prevent punching the lock or pulling it out the front of the bezel.

Note the edge of the lock cylinder holder plastic. The clamp should be slightly below the edge. Once the clamp is in place, you can place the plate over the lock. See next steps.

EE

FF

The plate fits on the lock and bezel as shown here.

Start by placing the top edge of the plate into the plastic box on the bezel that has the screw clip on it. Shown on the top of the bezel here. The plate has a slot so that part of the plate slides into the plastic box.

Next, bring the hole in the middle of the plate over the lock cylinder while pushing down slightly on the bottom edge of the plate. You will have to flex the plate slightly to get it in place.

When properly placed, the plate rests on the edge of the plastic lock holder formed as part of the bezel. The plate will not go down around the lock holder, but will rest against the edge. The photo FF above shows the edge of the lock cylinder holder which the plate will rest upon.

GG

Photo HH to the right shows the bottom end of the plate which also slides into the plastic box on the bezel that holds one of the lower snap clips.

When properly placed, the plate should be snug against the lock holder edge and not move easily.

HH

Replace the lock pawl and put the clip back on.

This is a good time to use your key to test that there is not interference between the lock pawl and plate. If there is, the pawl can be bent a little away from the plate to eliminate the interference.

II

Now put the bezel back on the truck and test everything. The lock pawl arm should go inside the box shaped metal arm inside the gate shown here.

Problems? Call tech support at 480-812-1600.

Back to support page