Door stabilizers

Started by barchetta_ms, November 3, 2022, 16:45

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Dev

Quote from: J88TEO on November 10, 2022, 15:01You can still buy geniune TRD set for less than $150.00

 I just checked and you are right. I paid more for mine over five years ago.
 It's a hard sell when the copy is so much cheaper but I think it's worth the extra cost for Japanese manufacturing especially if you like original parts and not knock offs.




Dev

Quote from: Petrus on November 10, 2022, 15:05My son is coming home for a lightning visit. Will ask him to have a look at the things if he can reproduce them.

Indeed @J88TEO as did I incl. shipping. Not counting the duties/VAT on those though. The El Cheapo copies carried none. So still think those are a good deal. Even just for the übercool high tech looks.

 I think it might not be possible. It needs to be injection molded but if he is able to make them I will certainly like a set.


bobbe

I bought a set of these on a whim and installed them today, then went out for a decent drive.

There is definitely a noticeable increase in how much you feel of bumps and things in the road - even the black tar lines where there are sensors/induction loops in the road around junctions, traffic lights, etc were more noticeable. The car in general does seem stiffer, and the few (admittedly minor) squeaks and rattles that I would previously have got over bumps also seem to be mostly eliminated.

I wouldn't say it's a massive difference, but there is definitely a difference.

Not bad for under thirty quid - it's difficult to imagine what the extra £90+ for the TRD ones would give you that these don't

Petrus

Thank you for the feedback Bobbe!

Dev

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Probably not a whole lot of difference but these are cheap for a reason apart from the better plating and machining on the original part. We are all part of the same hypocrisy even more so if patent infringement, slave labor and environmental/ safety regulations are a concern which is where a majority of the savings are.




idiotgap

I fitted a set of the aliexpress version today too. Only took 9 days from order to arrival in the UK.
I didn't have time for too extensive a drive after but I think there was a clear difference. No excuse now, not to chase down a few more more of those little rattles.

I was curious enough to pay the price for these, not in the market for the original.
Dave K
2001 PFL Cape Green

TheTigerUK

I have just bought these on the strength of the reviews you guys have given from the MR2 owners page on facebook.

Haven driven mine a little more I am now beginning to understand what you guys mean about bracing (I think) and I think some under bracing may also be in order some time.



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Petrus

Again, just have a look; it is very simple, basic really; no structural rigidity other than in the floor pan unless you sólidly shut the doors which are standard floating in the door rubbers:


 


TheTigerUK

Quote from: Petrus on November 23, 2022, 17:09Again, just have a look; it is very simple, basic really; no structural rigidity other than in the floor pan unless you sólidly shut the doors which are standard floating in the door rubbers:


 



For guys who just use them for track days etc would it be worth welding or bolting the doors to the chassis and just stepping over the door into the car ?
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Dev

Quote from: TheTigerUK on November 23, 2022, 17:22For guys who just use them for track days etc would it be worth welding or bolting the doors to the chassis and just stepping over the door into the car ?

There was a 80s TV show based on that concept. It was called the Dukes of Hazard.
Apparently race cars have their doors welded but it's probably for safety.

Joesson

Quote from: Dev on November 23, 2022, 18:33There was a 80s TV show based on that concept. It was called the Dukes of Hazard.
Apparently race cars have their doors welded but it's probably for safety.

General Lee speaking that is so!

Petrus

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Quote from: TheTigerUK on November 23, 2022, 17:22For guys who just use them for track days etc would it be worth welding or bolting the doors to the chassis and just stepping over the door into the car ?

Yes, or weld an X brace in the door frame.

The TRD and Dev door things are a practical approximation.

TheTigerUK

I fitted the door braces today and I noticed a really big difference when closing the doors, I had to be a lot firmer when closing them and they shut with a dull thud !!

Went for a drive and I really could tell the difference, amazing.

I have Carolyns front brace, now these so I think I will have to fit a underneath one when one comes along.

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Petrus

Quote from: TheTigerUK on November 30, 2022, 17:45so I think I will have to fit a underneath one when one comes along.

Well, depends.
Apart from the above, Imo the FL only needs the one that connects the two footwells.
The PFL benefits noticeably from the front and rear lower member braces. The FL has that OEM.
Imo the large belly frame adds more weight than benefit. An additionally líterally downside for mé is the ground clearance.

TheTigerUK

Quote from: Petrus on November 30, 2022, 18:01Well, depends.
Apart from the above, Imo the FL only needs the one that connects the two footwells.
The PFL benefits noticeably from the front and rear lower member braces. The FL has that OEM.
Imo the large belly frame adds more weight than benefit. An additionally líterally downside for mé is the ground clearance.

Mine is PFL.
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Petrus

Quote from: TheTigerUK on November 30, 2022, 18:23Mine is PFL.

Boris ´Snelbaard´  has the footwell brace and the lower front member brace. I have both and think them good vfm. Don´t know about the rear lower control arms: I have the TRD ones.
All illustrated in Belle´s thread.

TheTigerUK

Since fitting these I have shut the doors a couple of times when going for a drive only to be notified by the light on instrument panel that the door wasent shut, it shows they are a nice tighter fit.
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