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can anyone make these and how hard would it be to make. i figured i can go to a machine shop and have them make the henges for me for half the cost of a kit.
 

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can anyone make these and how hard would it be to make. i figured i can go to a machine shop and have them make the henges for me for half the cost of a kit.
 

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i want one lambo and one suicide. i just really feel like someone on the org can make the henges for us.
 

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yes they can make you some money quickly if you can make them. they are really simple designs. i jsut dont have the tools or knowledge to make them. so plz does anyone think they can makes these kits. im sure other members would want them.
 

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There was a long discussion on the "Old" org and I think some folks were trying to make it happen...but in the end they didn't think it was structurally possible.

I have since seen some hinges on Ebay that say they are for beetles, but not sure they just weren't universals.

As for fabbing....I don't recall many steel workers on the Org. Just a couple sheet metal people.
 

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well hopefully this thread will pick up some and we can get more ideas for someone will know someone who can try to make a set for us.
 

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I have also looked into this both for lambo and suicide. The new style of lambo door hinges should allow for them to work on a NB but fitment is going to be pretty tight. The real issue is the mirror. Since it is attached to the door you run into an issue of it hitting the wheel wells when the door rotates up. This is also a problem for the suicide doors as everything would have to be rewired and I don't know how cool suicide doors would look with the mirror being attached to the end of the door. Autoloc makes a good suicide hinge, lambo hinge and gullwing hinge.

Suicide $299 - $399
Lambo $999 - $2199
Gullwing $499 - $799.

*clicking the "details" button on any of the above listed pages takes you to the price listings.*
 

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as you can see on the site the pt cruiser has a lambo kit. the door setup is similar to ours. so i think we can actually do this. i also notice that they came with gas struts. is this actually needed or only needed if you want to open them up by remotes?
 

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There was a thread about this on old nb.org where someone had really researched it. I believe they said that you simply cannot get to the area behind the hinge to effectively mount it without cutting huge holes in the body and fixing.
 

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Gullwing doors would be cool on a beetle.

But finding a hinge that strong and the actuators to open
the door and keep it up and not take up all the head room would be a nightmare.
 

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I wouldn't trust any ebay auction that doesn't actually show the product on the vehicle you are wanting it for....but in the same vane...I would def. pay that kind of cash for a mod like this because this is a pretty major modification to your car as well as the safety concerns...after all, we are talking about your doors here.

Here is the thread that discusses this topic in detail from the old org....
http://forums.newbeetle.org/showthread.php?threadid=24664

I would suggest reading this if you are serious about this mod.


I still haven't seen it on a single NB...there is probably a reason for that.
 

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From http://www.wingdoors.com/dealerinfo.html :

<< couple of cars that do not work without extensive fabrication are the VW Beetle and the Dodge Viper. They don’t have any under body fenders to mount on. >>

And from http://www.autoaccessorystore.com/GTfactorydetails.htm :

<< GT Factory provides a limited lifetime warranty and guarantees their vertical door conversion kit will fit your vehicle (except VW Beetle) or your money back! >>

However this companies claims they have a kit for NB:

http://www.partstrain.com/products/...it/2006~VOLKSWAGEN~BEETLE~5~2.5~BET--005.html
http://www.andysautosport.com/product/exterior/vertical_doors/glide?_v=vmd00423

More googling reveled three pictures (well thumbnails) of a NB with lambo doors:

http://images.google.com/images?q=l...t=safari&rls=en&sa=N&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&tab=wi

And it looks even worse than I tought it would. :hurl:

What about "lambo back window" ? :



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Lambo door usually require the front fender comes off so you can mount the new hinge and shocks to hold the door up. On a beetle the top hinge is outside of the car (the mirror mount) and the front fender is different, you would need that small area where the turn signal is to come off, it doesn't.

I don't think it's possible.
 

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i emailed the winner of that auction about it. and asked him to get me pictures and tell me how it installs. i hope to hear from him again soon.
 
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