Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Parker Colorado
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I have had them since 2009. They function very well. They are a bit harder to open because you are lifting up not out, and a bit harder to close because you are pushing down against the lift air cylindar. My wife is no longer allowed to open or close them because she invariably cant get them open or closed and gets frustrated. Since they are supported by a single hinge point, while structurally sound, if you push down on them when closing they will drop slightly and you will miss the latch on the body. If you do not impart any vertical motion when closing they close very well.
With the doors open you can rotate in your seat and getting your feet in and out is easier for me. Its very easy to back into the car, plop into the seat and then lift and rotate your feet into the car. With the factory hinges, I would have to hold the door fully open to get close to the same foot room. Before the vertical hinges I could only open one door about half way in the garage. I can now open both doors fully in the same space.
They are not for everyone but I like mine. And the install is reversable. If you keep the factory parts, you can swap back to the factory door mechanism easily.