Shaved door popper kits – how they work, tips and installation techniques.

Categories: Accessories, Body Styling

Shaved door popper kits are a sweet way to open your door with shaved door handles. A matter of fact the only other way to open your door would be with a manual pull cable or to simply open your window and use the interior door handle to open your door. The style of a smooth door, and shaving exterior door handles is a custom addition that we aftermarket enthusiasts have been doing with early and late model vehicles for many years. Popper kits allow an additional point of entry when you have no door handles on the exterior but adding a popper which is located in the door jam and it functions by pushing the door open for entry. On top of opening the door for access, other components of this system includes, brackets, pull cables, relays, solenoids and usually a remote module. These parts all work together to remotely activate a relay which in turn sends direct power to a solenoid inside the door that then is connected to a cable and pulls the existing door handle mechanism so ultimately the door can be popped open some by the popper plunger inside the door jam. There are two main components for which need to be considered before purchasing, and they are the solenoid and popper. Solenoids come in many strengths and sizes and need to be strong enough to get a good pull on the internal door handle mechanism. Some vehicles depending on the year and amount of wear and tear on the handle assembly may need some oil, grease or both to loosen up this handle mechanism before installing one of these kits. If the solenoid can not pull this part of your door handle then access to the vehicle may be impossible. Solenoids come in many styles and ranges from smaller less powerful 10lb pull types all the way up to 90lbs worth of pull to yank on your internal door mechanism open. This design has been used for some time and is a trusty method of gaining access to your vehicle in this situation. To get a better idea of how this is installed and works inside of a vehicle check out the installation image/diagram below.

Door popper wiring diagram
Shaved door popper solenoid circuit for wiring.