Door Pop­pers

Street Trucks - - WORD ON THE STREET -

EVEN THOUGH SHAVED DOOR HAN­DLES HAVE BEEN A THING SINCE AT LEAST THE ’40S, “HOW DO YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS?” is still a ques­tion we of­ten hear.

There are man­ual meth­ods, such as run­ning a ca­ble through to the wheel well to pull the door latch, but you might be sur­prised to learn that so­le­noids, or door pop­pers, have been around pretty much as long as shaved doors them­selves. In the early days, it was com­mon prac­tice to use Volk­swa­gen starter so­le­noids, and later, GM power door lock pulls were used to pop doors open. (The GM units tended to wear out rather quickly, how­ever, there are now more ro­bust ver­sions avail­able.) Even­tu­ally, pur­pose-made so­le­noids were cre­ated, and in some cases you can even get bolt-in kits for easy door­pop­pin’ ac­tion. Most folks tend to use some sort of key­less re­mote to open their doors, but hid­den but­tons and even mag­netic switches are also an op­tion.

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