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Installing Door Popper

I'm working with my son to install door poppers on his 94 Civic. We've already successfully installed the remote door release using the solenoids in a kit he bought. Problem is the door does not push out and as soon as you release the remote switch the door latches again. He bought some door poppers, which we tried to install in the forward door jam. But they aren't strong enough in that position to move the door. I can see nowhere else to install (requires about 3 inches open space for cylinder), without door pop cylinder extending into the interior of the car. Has anyone here come up with a solution?

I did see advertised a flat spring like device in the shape of a V. It looks like it can be mounted using double sided tape in a very small space between door and jam. Anyone had any experience with this type device? Doesn't look too durable.

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Could you post a picture, maybe that would help those that are not familiar with a civic.

I hate to ask because its probably a common term but what exactly is the "forward door jam"?

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The door seals should provide enough spring pressure against the latch to open the door, if not replace the seals or adjust the door so it does.
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I don't know how common the term "front door jam" is, but I am referring to the part of the door jam by the door hinges. The door popper was mounted here such that the spring actuated piston pressed against the door near the hinge with the spring cylinder extending through the sheet metal under the front fender and above the wheel well. Unfortunately, a considerable amount of force is neccessary to open the door at this point and the door popper does not provide adequate force.

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I'll take a closer look at the door seals and see if there is something I can do with them. Right now there is not enough spring in the door to fully push clear of the latch.
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cool i want one
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What about putting the popper on the lower corner of the door frame on the lock side. There is normally a small curved triangular area there. On most cars the space behind it is empty and should be at least 3 inches deep.
This will give your popper the most leverage for opening the door.
The popper should be thin enough when compressed to not cause any trouble. But check how much room is between the closed door and that area. Use a piece of clay to see how much it gets squished when the door is closed.
If you stick a little water based wet paint on the end of the clay it will even mark were the popper will hit the door.
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Thats what I thought you were referring too, you tried to mount the popper near the door hinge.

I have to agree with pzachok, when I wired up a blazer for my brother. I installed the popper, facing the drivers door/side of car, I mounted the popper at the very bottom right of the door, below the door latch/catch and put the little plate with the sticky backing (if supplied) that the popper presses against on the door.

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Thanks for the ideas. There's not much unused room on these Civic doors. The window track comes all the way down on the latch edge of the door. It doesn't leave much clearance.

Anyone try these door poppers? I'm wondering how long they would hold up. They don't look very durable, particularly with double sided tape the only thing holding them on.

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I tried putting the door poppers in the A pillar..........didīnt work,
not enough leverage.And I didīnt want holes in the door opening. After doing the hinges and getting the droop out of the door the rubber seals pop the door just enough.
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Would it be possible to put the popper in the door so it presses against the jam instead? Near the latch there should be adequate room.
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Thanks for the ideas. There's not much unused room on these Civic doors. The window track comes all the way down on the latch edge of the door. It doesn't leave much clearance.

Anyone try these door poppers? I'm wondering how long they would hold up. They don't look very durable, particularly with double sided tape the only thing holding them on.

http://www.a1electric.com/Merchant2/...Category_Code=
WHOA! For 25$ US I think I would bend up my own sheetmetal "popper assist". A piece of 1" metal strapping used for securing shipping will work well.
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That shape will eventually scratch right through the paint. It would be better to do the strapping metal idea and make it a d-shaped loop. Rivet the two ends(they should be the flat side of the D) together and screw the thing to the door or frame. anyplace you have room.

Making it a D shape will make it stronger and stiffer. It will also make sure you don't have a sharp edge hitting anything.
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I had these in the A pillar, they lose the rubber cap and squeak
when the door is opened.
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my friend who had door poppers in his rabbit just has the solenoids to release the door, and the weatherstripping or what have you pops it open, he had tried the spring deals before installing them properly and they shot the door open which would be prolematic in parking lots as well as alot of wear on the hinges
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