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Old 07-26-2004, 07:56 PM
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confused on shaved handles

ok, i know this has been talked about over and over, but i have read and read about everthing on shaved door handles on this site...i am still a little confused.

i want to put shaved door handles on my 78 mustang ii. when i buy a kit is there anything i need other than what comes with it. i saw somewhere that i need to buy poppers so that the door pops open, is this not what the seloids are for?? if anyone has any knowledge on how this whole system works it would help a lot. thanks

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Old 07-26-2004, 09:33 PM
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The solenoids (or motors as most cars use these days) simply pull or push on the actuating rod that actually unlatches the door latch. It is like if you quickly pushed the button on your door and let go without pulling the door open. It wouldn't open the door, it would just momentarily unlatch it, then it would just "relatch" because the door wasn't opened releasing the stricker from the latch.

The poppers are spring loaded and push the door open a little to release the latch from the striker.

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My monte's an 85' and it has torsional springs that cause the seatbelts to retract when the door is opened, as such they also help push the door open.
I know fords are different, but check if you have any before wasting your money on poppers.
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:57 PM
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The kit you buy should have everything you need to complete the job, including an emergency switch. The solenoids will just "pop" the door latch, and the door will be ajar. When I did mine, I wanted the look the door handles gave me so I disconnected everything from them, and they are now dummies. I would suggest you fabricate some type of mechanical shaft for emergencies. If you lose battery ,the emergency switch will possibly not work.

PS...I just looked at R&C (Oct 2004) and there is an article on installing Door Poppers on page 26.

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