The name of the game when it comes to mini-truckers is different. Each and every one of us has a perpetual desire to stand out from the rest and be noticed. The competitive nature of mini-truckers makes us all push our game to its highest level. Since we have to roll the baddest trucks on the planet, there's no doubt that sooner or later we would adopt such high-class Lamborghini-style doors as our own.
We decided to check out AutoLoc's Universal Deluxe Lamborghini Hinge Kit with powered actuators to see if it was something that would work on a mini-truck. The kit comes complete with instructions and most of the parts needed (with the exception of mounting hardware). However, the kit instructions caution that this install could require heavy modifications and should be performed by a professional. We contacted Sadistic Iron Werks in Hesperia, California, to see if the crew was up to the challenge. Since the kit is designed as a universal bolt-in kit for Hondas, it took some major modifications to make it work on our guinea pig, a Mazda B-series truck.
We began by stripping the truck's hood, fenders, doors, and grille. Next, we removed the stock Mazda door hinges and bolted up the AutoLoc hinges, testing to see what exactly we were working with for clearance. It was obvious that the rain gutters needed to be shaved, and the door and A-pillars would need to be cut out and plated to sink the hinge and move its pivot point up as high as possible. Once we figured out where the hinges could sit to clear the fender and A-pillar, it was easy. After we worked out all the bugs and had it all wired up, we were pleased with the final results. For more information, contact the companies listed in the source box.
11981 SW. Pacific Hwy.
Tigard, OR 97223
Sadistic Iron Werks
15058 Birch St.
Hesperia, CA 92345
Louie's Auto Body & Paint
16714 Union St.
Victorville, CA 92392
1.This is AutoLoc's Universal...
1.This is AutoLoc's Universal Deluxe Lamborghini Hinge Kit. It includes two motorized actuators, top and bottom hinges for the driver and passenger doors, two skidplates, instructions, and all necessary wiring.
2.This is the way the door...
2.This is the way the door opens from the factory, but we can't leave anything alone, can we?
3.For easy access to remove...
3.For easy access to remove the fenders, the hood and grille shell were removed.
4.Next, we unbolted and removed...
4.Next, we unbolted and removed the fenders.
5.We unbolted both sets of...
5.We unbolted both sets of hinges from the A-pillar and removed the doors.
6.Now that the Mazda was stripped,...
6.Now that the Mazda was stripped, it was time to have some fun.
7.With the factory hinges...
7.With the factory hinges removed from the door, you can see the two hinge mounting holes. After bolting up the AutoLoc hinges to the stock locations to test the clearance, we found that the stock location would not work because the door hit the fender and A-pillars when it was opened and lifted. After consulting the tech line and carefully following the directions, we realized the hinge would have to be moved as high as possible on the door.
8.Bobby used the hinge to...
8.Bobby used the hinge to mark off the highest point that the hinge could be placed without interfering with the A-pillar.
9.After measuring and marking...
9.After measuring and marking where the AutoLoc hinge would be placed, the hinge was modified to match and sit flush with the contour of the door.