If you haven’t noticed them more and more, then you must not be paying attention. Vertical doors (or Lambo doors) are starting to creep out of the realm of exclusivity and find their way to the mainstream. No longer are just the spoiled little rich kids the ones having all the fun on the block. With the help of some advanced designing and greater resource outreach, Lambo doors are now available to the masses, giving the “everyman” a chance to customize with this pinnacle of automotive passion. Maybe you’ve pondered what it would be like to snap vertical doors onto your vehicle but always figured it was just too much of an investment. Or perhaps you were scared off by the thought of an invasive installation process. Times have changed, and with that, technical limitations have now been rendered extinct. Just about every type of make and model is now a candidate for this explosive makeover. Let’s delve in and take a quick peek at Lambo doors to see if they’re right for you!
Stemming from a design spawned about four decades ago by Italian automotive innovator Marcello Gandini, vertical doors have been synonymous with Lamborghini ever since. The Lamborghini Countach was the first model available to purchase with vertical doors. Obviously, various other models from Lamborghini have since featured this marvel, thus branding the name “Lambo doors.” This is important for their context with being a supreme luxury trait. After all, Lamborghini is part and parcel with high-performance, power, wealth, and status. Forget the sleek, low-slung body designs and the turbocharged power the cars have been known for. It’s those Lambo doors that most found to be overwhelming. Soon after, mechanics and car enthusiasts began to find ways to try to mimic this appeal, bringing forth the customizing process that led us where we are today.
Installation techniques have changed over the years. Inserting Lambo doors used to be a major project. It meant taking the car to a specialized auto shop where if you were lucky, one of the mechanics on staff was obscure enough to have an inkling of what to do. There would be cutting. Drilling. Sanding. Just about everything that goes into creating Frankenstein or maybe some Beverly Hills plastic surgery victim. It would also take time. Maybe weeks. And it would be very, very expensive. Of course, if you drove anything other than a marquee car or truck, you weren’t even a candidate back then. The best that you could hope for was to re-work the hinges yourself if you were savvy enough, and try to piece your own kit together by collecting a myriad of parts wherever you could scrounge them. Illogical for most, but certainly attempted by many. Those days have thankfully come to an end.
Universal & Direct Bolt-On
Most cars on the road are now eligible for a real-life Lambo door conversion that will supply a concise fitment. This is in large part due to the company Vertical Doors, Inc. Vertical Doors, Inc.’s reason for existence is not only providing Lambo door kits, but also in engineering the kits for every new model that comes out, just in case people catch on. It is an involved process that requires meticulously detailing the layout of the rails, fenders, and hinges. Consequently, VDI has to take into account other variables that we as regular drivers take for granted, such as weight of the door and the trajectory in which it would lift up in the air in relationship to the vehicle’s body style. The one redeeming ideal that comes back to the consumer? They fit on approximately fifty million times more vehicles than those whom were around yesteryear could have ever imagined. Okay, perhaps that is hyperbole. But universal Lambo door kits have made what was once thought of as inaccessible into an exciting possibility that has jump started the hopes for many a custom fiend.
Direct Bolt-On installation is basically what has changed the game into what it is now. Direct Bolt-On is designed to be a uniform way to install vertical doors onto any model, delivering a perfect fit. Drivers do not have to cut or weld and get all immersed in a comprehensive auto project. While it won’t take fifteen minutes most likely, at the same time, the lack of real “labor” when it comes to installing the kit is a dream come true for so many who in the past, might have been apprehensive due to the daunting task Lambo doors used to present. One of the more popular characteristics of Direct Bolt-On is that it is reversible, meaning it doesn’t forever change the complexion of your automobile unless you want it to (which of course, most do). But it is an added bonus of sorts because it does allow a little breathing room, not to mention it can be uninstalled quite easily should you decide to sell your rig in the future.
Same Ride, Different Style
If you ever bother to pick up an issue of any of the current automotive restyling periodicals and you see a picture of a car geared up with vertical doors, it is usually some kind of iconographic custom project that is colorful, technologically-advanced, and fit with more trimmings than the Christmas tree outside the White House. These images perpetuate the old feeling that Lambo doors are for the “hardcore” only, when that simply is no longer true. Lambo doors are for everyone. And the sooner you realize that, the more enthused you’ll be when digging deeper into the possibility of joining the movement. It truly is a unique effect when you see someone slipping out of their ride and then abruptly heave their door towards the sky.
Those of us “inside the industry” probably take this for granted more so than the average driver, but in all honesty, it still elicits goose bumps. The best part about it, the part that is real, is that any halfway decent model holds this potential. Why leave it up to only the fanatics who get a taste of this monstrous statement? The whole point to accessorizing or customizing or whatever term you want to use is to improve on your vehicle’s look, feel, and personality. If Lambo doors are capable of anything, it is delivering on the promise that virtually any model has when it comes to being a scene-stealer. Maybe you don’t drive some high end, fuel-chugging laser beam. And maybe you don’t cruise around in a vintage Bentley or a hot off-the-line Chrysler 300. Or perhaps you do. But it doesn’t matter! Your car or truck came with expectations. Lambo doors can be just the thing that causes you to raise them to new heights.
As if you need more prodding, Lambo doors do present other advantages besides knockout style. First and foremost, they make climbing in and out of your car, truck, or SUV easier than ever. Lifting the doors up creates more room, whether it’s for passengers, luggage, cargo, or etc. There is more “give” in the hinge response, so when it’s time to grab the handle and open up, there is a slight freeze right before you lift them up (if you so choose). You don’t have to worry about the doors immediately going up as soon as you hit the door handle, as Lambo door kits are centered on them opening normally at first. They only elevate in height once they reach a certain point, and then it’s up to you if you’d like to initiate the effect. In tight spaces, it is actually a logical option so you don’t hit a parked car or the like that is right next to your vehicle.
How To Go About It
The first thing you have to look into is making sure your model is a candidate. Chances are that it is. Lambo door kits are available for most makes and models nowadays as we’ve covered. However, this is not the type of purchase you want to leave in the hands of folks who boast a less-than-stellar reputation. Currently, there are more than a few companies who claim to manufacture vertical door kits, and most of them are coming to you courtesy of Asia. This is especially prevalent should you seek out a local restyling shop and inquire within, as some of these places are ordering “knockoff” kits for use during installation. Just be vigilant. Know your vehicle, and ask plenty of questions.
Once you receive your Lambo doors kit, the next step is installation. With installation, you may have the ability and resources to do it yourself. However, even if you are supremely confident in your mechanical ability, you must be prepared. That means having the space, tools, and a fistful of good old-fashioned “know how.” As mentioned previously with the Direct Bolt-On installation features, it certainly is a manageable project, without question. But should you not be completely convinced that you can perform an accurate and safe install, then by all means DON’T. Simply take your kit to a shop that you trust and let them handle it. It is usually a very reasonably priced procedure, and they’ll probably get a kick out of having a set of Lambo doors to install! Any esteemed dealer should be able to point you in the direction of a restyling shop that will welcome this procedure with professional enthusiasm.
The Game Is Yours
It’s early in the evening on a Friday night, but it could be any night. You’re on your way to dinner at the kind of restaurant that uses cloth napkins and crystal glassware. You worked all week and just want a chance to just enjoy a nice meal, maybe cap the night off at the new bar that opened down the block that everyone’s talking about. There’s a group of stragglers outside once you pull up, all dressed in their most fashionable attire. Maybe they notice you parking, maybe they don’t. But they’re all going to notice this. Once you come to a stop and pull the key out, you wink at yourself in the rear view. You can’t help but think one thing: these are the moments that make it all worthwhile…
There are plenty of exciting avenues to explore when you are looking to upgrade your vehicle. At all times, there’s literally hundreds of ways that you can add a host of accents and refinements that pick up the tempo and bring more of “you” out of your ride. But no matter what route you choose or even what kind of car you drive, nothing is more explosively stylish than throwing Lambo doors into the mix. The very fact that this feature is now widely available should be more than enough reason to become motivated enough to check into it further. The aggressive yet timeless look, increased comfort, easy, safe installation, and improved price range all make it an attainable choice that deserves serious consideration. If you really want to unlock all of the glorious potential that your model holds, Lambo doors are a guaranteed way to bring it out.