Suicide Doors

Discussion in 'Parts Information' started by Codename.47, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    A suicide door is a car door hinged on the trailing edge, the edge closer to the rear of the vehicle. Such doors are rarely used on vehicles in modern times because of their disadvantages.

    More recently, rear suicide doors that cannot be opened until the regular front doors are opened have been appearing on a number of vehicles, including extended cab pickup trucks, the 2nd generation Saturn SC, the Saturn Ion QuadCoupe, the Honda Element, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, and the Mazda RX-8

    Types:

    * Rear-hinged doors make entering and exiting the vehicle much easier. The occupant can enter in a natural way, walking forward toward the vehicle and turning to sit, and then can exit by stepping forward out of the vehicle.

    * Rear-hinged back doors (in combination with front-hinged front doors) make exiting easier for the driver, who can then reach the handle of the back door to open it for the passenger. Austin FX4 taxi drivers were able to reach the rear door handle through the driver's window without getting out of the vehicle.

    Disadvantages

    * Conventionally hinged doors in front and suicide doors in the back make it difficult for passengers to exit from the front and rear seats simultaneously due to the limited space between the front edge of the rear door and the rear edge of the front door.

    * If the user exits the vehicle while it is moving forward, the door will hit him or her upon exit.

    * Although a latch or lock usually ensures the door remains securely closed, human error can prevail. Consumer Reports reported in 1969 that the door on a Subaru 360 they were testing opened into the wind while driving with the door partially latched.

    * Suicide doors pose more danger than traditional doors when exiting the vehicle towards the street. If a passing vehicle inadvertently hits the open door, it will fling closed, possibly crushing the exiting passenger, rather than simply knocking the door off the vehicle.
     

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  2. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    suicide doors on big cars looks sick.
     
  3. stay tuned

    stay tuned New Member

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    I own a 2 door car and I received a set of suicide door hinges from Scissor Doors Inc. for my 2010 Camaro

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    We did alot of research before buying Suicide door hinges from Scissor Doors Inc. <--Check out that link and look at the different suicide door hinges they make. Very cool, these are not your run of the mill hinges. They took a week for them to make and they are actually sturdier than the factory setup and they open 180 degrees.

    If there's enough interest, I could update the build here?
     
  4. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    how come you have a camaro and written a skyline in the car you own field?

    Please do not try to advertise . thanks heaps
     
  5. stay tuned

    stay tuned New Member

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    Apologies for the confusion. I own both. The nissan skyline I've owned longer so when i signed up I posted that, haven't had an opportunity to do into detail about either.

    My intention is not to advertise on here but I thought I'd mention it when I saw this post.
     
  6. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    oh okay
    why dont you show us your ride in the section after introductions ?
    Will be looking forward to see you skyline and camaro.

    I own a R33 s2 skyline and a ford falcon :)
     
  7. Thomas White

    Thomas White New Member

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    Suicide doors were common on cars manufactured in the first half of the 20th century. Thank you so much for providing more informations about suicide doors. :eek:
     

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