-Universal actuator (Can be found on Ebay, for around $5)
-2 screws to fasten actuator to backing plate.
-Drill with screwdriver attachment and small drill bit.
*Emergency tools, duct tape.
actuator, backing plate, push rod, two metal screws, a clamp, and three small screws to fasten the rods together.
Step 1: Remove door panel
There are 2 screws, one in the handle, and one by the latch.
Pull panel off, and move up to clear door lock.
Pinch wire the connector off and set the panel aside.
(Now is a good time to install sound deadening material!)
Step 2: Attach metal plate to actuator.
I attached it the middle using a couple screws laying around since they weren't supplied.
Step 3: Test fit and make pilot holes into metal with a drill.
I had to stagger the bracket due to the shape of the hole in the door.
Step 4: Fasten bracket down with drill.
I used a backing piece to hold the screw on the left.
Step 5: Use supplied connector to attach the rods.
(This is the piece that failed me, the jolt from the unlocking door kept throwing the connector off. I found a not so permanent solution by making my own connector out of a small piece of metal and a screw and by also duct taping the rods together.)
My solution (don't laugh!)
Step 6: Remove wires from OEM actuator and splice into new actuator.
The blue/orange went to the green and the blue/black went to the blue in my case. Always test these out before crimping.
A simple butt connector works fine. I used wire nuts and some heatshrink for good measure, then shoved the wires in a hole to keep them from moving around.
Step 7: Test. The new rod should force the old one to move.
Step 8: Use Xacto knife to cut some of the yellow foam off the door panel to make it fit. One could also mount the actuator further back by using washers on the screw.
Step 9: Place door panel back on. Pop wire connector back on and check for clearance.
Should be good as new! I've had my xB for 4 years and have never had the back door unlock. It will take me some getting used to.