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Postby curryracer » 30 Jun 2006, 22:07

Has anyone out there fitted perspex windows, removed the winder mechanism and then drilled lots of holes in their doors?

I am about to do this for the first time and wanted to know how far I can go without ending up with a floppy piece of door shaped metal.
Has anyone drilled holes in the door shut area? How about the top of the door where you rest your arm while cruising?

Any sensible suggestions would be helpfull
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Re: lightweight doors- lots of holes

Postby CR500Dom » 30 Jun 2006, 23:01

curryracer wrote:Has anyone out there fitted perspex windows, removed the winder mechanism and then drilled lots of holes in their doors?

I am about to do this for the first time and wanted to know how far I can go without ending up with a floppy piece of door shaped metal.
Has anyone drilled holes in the door shut area? How about the top of the door where you rest your arm while cruising?

Any sensible suggestions would be helpfull
Cheers Chris


Have you got a Cage ?

With door bars ?

If not I would suggest leaving well alone, with a full cage fitted then yes you can "Swiss cheese" it

You can get Carbon Kevlar doors in Germany.... some of the Berg Cup competitors run them 8) :D

There are better places to lose weight from
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Postby Harry Flatters » 30 Jun 2006, 23:15

Consider what you are trying to achieve by doing this. As Dom says, you don't want to remove your crash protection.

If you really want a lightweight car removing glass and door internals may be worthwhile, removing metal from the door shell is unlikely to make any significant difference in a road car.

If you do, remove it from the flat panel (where the door card fits) not any of the curved sections as they give the door shell its strength.
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Postby Neilyman » 01 Jul 2006, 01:17

Woudn`t it be safer to go on a diet to loose weight? :wink:

If you want some doors with holes in them, speak to Doive....He`s got some on his car! :shock: :lol:


....Sorry Doive! :twisted:
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Postby Doive » 03 Jul 2006, 08:43

Neilyman wrote:....Sorry Doive!

Yeah... you will be :lol:
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Postby hsr2.6 » 06 Jul 2006, 22:18

i've done mine the same way totally gutted with polycarb windows a hell of a lot lighter.................
rally drivers do it sideways.............well the quick ones do....................
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Postby curryracer » 10 Jul 2006, 21:06

Thanks for the replies - yes I have a cage with door bars and the car is only used for Autocrossing at the moment. If I win the lottery I may go stage rallying with it.

I think the carbon kevlar doors are a little out of my budget - I am doing this because I can't afford the bigger chokes and jets I need!

Good point about the strength being in the curved bits!
As for the idea about going on a diet - I didn't think my webcam was connected yet

Thanks again
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Postby curryracer » 04 Aug 2006, 22:21

Thanks for the tips - here is the "after" pic
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Postby Shellysowner » 04 Aug 2006, 22:38

Sorry mate, no picture here - it's asking me for your MSN password.
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Postby hsr2.6 » 04 Aug 2006, 22:39

yes lets see....................
rally drivers do it sideways.............well the quick ones do....................
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Postby curryracer » 14 Aug 2006, 23:20

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Postby Doive » 15 Aug 2006, 08:38

This one?

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Postby Neilyman » 15 Aug 2006, 09:39

Hmm! You`ll loose more weight by removing that chuck of sound deadning bitumen stuck to the outer panel, it`s quite heavy stuff!

Go find a heat gun ;)
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Postby curryracer » 15 Aug 2006, 15:20

I know, I know, the sound pads are the next job after all the repairs from the weekend Autocross.

Still over 18kg came from both doors so I think thats a good start.

BTW how did you get the picture into your post? it took me ages just to set up that picture storage thing. Never mind I probably won't understand how to do it anyway.

Anybody interested in fitting the biggest rad into a 'vette let me know and I wil try to post pictures of mine. its a large one ooh err!!
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Postby Doive » 15 Aug 2006, 15:25

I just opened your page and clicked on the picture. Using firefox (wonderful browser that it is) allowed me to right click on the image, copy image location, and set it into the post using the tags.

If you're using internet exploder it's a bit more complicated. Right click on the image in question, select properties and it will pop up a window of details, on which will be the url of the image. Copy this and drop it between img tags as above.
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Postby hsr2.6 » 15 Aug 2006, 19:04

i cut 2" holes all along the bottom and top of the doors..............
rally drivers do it sideways.............well the quick ones do....................
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Postby curryracer » 16 Aug 2006, 17:42

Even through the top of the door with the double skin???

You must have some very floppy doors.
But I'll bet they are light
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Postby hsr2.6 » 18 Aug 2006, 18:43

no there not floppy....................
rally drivers do it sideways.............well the quick ones do....................
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