Introduction

Use this guide to replace the metal midframe on the interior of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9". Removing this metal casing is a prerequisite for replacing most of the Kindle Fire HD's internal components.

Remove the SIM card tray (if present in your model).
  • Remove the SIM card tray (if present in your model).

  • Insert a large plastic opening tool next to the Kindle's headphone jack.

    • Make sure the notch on the plastic opening tool is facing the back of the Kindle.

  • Move the plastic opening tool evenly around the Kindle, separating the two halves.

  • Be careful not to completely separate the rear cover. There are two delicate flex cables that connect the display assembly to the motherboard.

Getting the SIM card dummy plug out a real challenge. Broke off one end. Seems this part was never intended to be removed.

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Set the Kindle down on the rear case.
  • Set the Kindle down on the rear case.

  • Holding the display assembly near the camera, carefully open the display assembly up to about 90 degrees from the rear case.

  • These images show the Kindle laying flat. In order to prevent damage to the flex cables, keep the Kindle open at 90 degrees while disconnecting the display assembly.

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  • Lift the retaining flap on the ZIF connector of the upper flex cable.

  • Gently pull the cable out of its socket.

    • This flex cable is delicate. Be careful not to crease or bend it while working.

This is very delicate. The flap is very easy to break off. Remove the yellow tape on both these connectors and replace with ordinary plastic tape upon reassembly. If you don't tape them you'll pull them apart working on the other. A helper to hold the assy is a good idea.

Bob Steger - Réponse

  • Lift the retaining flap on the ZIF connector of the lower flex cable.

  • Gently pull the flex cable from its socket.

    • This flex cable is delicate. Be careful not to crease or bend it while working.

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  • Separate the display assembly from the rest of the device.

  • When reassembling the device, align the two halves of the case before connecting the flex cables.

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  • Remove the following sixteen screws from the metal midframe on the rear of the device:

    • One 3 mm Phillips screw from each corner

    • Four 3 mm Phillips screws surrounding the ports

    • Eight 3 mm Phillips screws from the body of the midframe

The screws are next to the ports, not the camera.

Joshua Feist - Réponse

  • Carefully remove the metal midframe.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I suggest not removing the cables (steps 3,4 and 5) because it seems impossible to reconnect them.

Tom Wood - Réponse

Those are ZIF connectors—flip up the locking tab to release the cable, and you can remove/reinsert it freely.

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