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I'm considering eventually doing the shaved door thing...just wondering, if anyone has thought of what might happen if for some reason the electrical failed and you weren't able to pop your door open?

Anyone encounter this problem or is it a pretty remote possibility?

Was trying to think of a way of incorporating a mechanical release.
 

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Go into the search section and go under the topic shaved door handles or shaved handles. There was an entire post on it. But if you are going to run an amp in the trunk you can just hook up some jumper cables on to the pos and ground. It will charge the battery just enough to open the doors. The solenoids that open the doors need very little power to open them.
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Did the search thing and I didn't pull up anything that gave me an answer on this...unless you consider HK being partial to putting in late-model door handles or hiding a door handle in chrome trim.

Oh well, I'm just at the point of tossing ideas around and gathering information.
 

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Alright, It's in the electrical section. Go to search, then go to battery dead shaved door handles, in the ELECTRICAL section. It's right there. It's about a guy's lexus had a dead battery and then went into the trunk to charge it from his amp.
 

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I'm paranoid about being locked out, too. I have a bunch of ways to get into my truck with shaved handles - remote control, hidden magnetic switches, a button underneath and a hidden cable release. They are listed in order of difficulty to get to. I didn't spring for the backup battery system, but that would be another good measure.

You can also recharge/boost off of the starter solenoid, BTW. It's definately not going to be easy to get to, but if you can't open the hood, trunk or doors, that might be your only way. I'm thinking of Chevies with the solenoid on the starter. Firewall mounted solenoids would be next to impossible to reach.

Another option I skipped with the kit I bought was remote battery terminals. Mount 'em under your bumper and you can easily boost your vehicle without opening the hood. They come with covers on them so you don't short them out by accident.

Make sure you get lots of functions on the remote control if you ever plan to add other stuff to it. You can wire your power windows to it, a remote starter, alarm, etc... The sky's the limit if you like gadgets. :)

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that's the kind of information I'm looking for. I can't quite visualize how to put together a manual cable release that would look good--how did you handle this? Do you have pictures or can you provide more details?

Thanks in advance for your help...that's exactly what I was looking for, not some BS info on dead battery--I'm more worried about the electronic components failing, or maybe a fuse/breaker problem...recharging your battery isn't going to fix that Fireschenie-
 

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The electric actuators that trigger the door latch usually have a cable coming out of them that is the actuator. You attach this to your latch and away you go. If you can attach one cable, you should be able to attach two. I used a bicycle brake cable, I haven't put a T-handle on it yet, but I plan to before I'm really finished. Run the manual release cable down through the floorboards, use a grommet where it goes through the sheetmetal, and just attach it somewhere under the body where only you will know where to look for it.

I used bear claw latches in the door frame and the post in the door itself. If you use the latches in the door, then your remote cable will have to go through the door frame. You don't want to kink the cable, so keep the run as straight as possible.
 
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