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I bought the VDI hinges but not convinced yet I want to go that way.
Does it make it easier to get in and out of the car? I don't want to do it if it's not at least as easy as stock. I have big feet and have somewhat of a problem getting my feet out with the stock opening even when the door is fully opened. My garage is a little narrow so I can't open my door fully. I thought maybe if the door went vertical it might make it easier. Also, my wife has said she doesn't like the looks of VDI so I sure don't want to make it harder for her to get out.
I would appreciate your input if you have experience with them. I'm not interested hearing if you like the looks or not. Are they practical?

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I have a work bench in my garage that is between the first and second click of the door opening normal.
With the VDI doors, that is no longer an issue.
In my garage, It is now easier to get in and out because I no longer have to worry about holding the door to avoid damaging it.
Same goes for certain parking circumstances

But, in the times when I would have enough space to fully open the normal hinge fully, it is easy with the stock hinge to get in and out.

With the top down, it's much easier to get in and out with the VDI doors
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I've gotten so used to it, that I just slide in without issue now. I am small though.
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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.
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Hello, I just finished installing a set here. They look cool, but only if youre 5'5"" (ELF) LOL. I personaly dont care for them as Im 6'1" with the top down its not too bad to get in , with the top up I have to contort myself. Might be cool for the guy to see the girl get in with a mini skirt, but thats it!

Plus to open the hood you have to have the door down again. Pain when youre opening and closing the hood numerous times and reaching in to pop the latch. Though for most this is not a real issue, as Im working on these cars all the time doing something under the hood or adjusting something.
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Hello, as always Rob the Elder is spot on. And youre right about a passenger doesnt always latch it right the first time. There just not used to it at first. Thanks
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I was THIS close to purchasing these last night, but i did some research. The website says these are bolt on, but a few post on the forums say you have to cut the hood cut the frame etc etc.

Are these truely bolt on? i dont want to have to cut my car to peices

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On the sky you do not touch the hood.

You do have to trim the fender and the bracket that holds the fender to allow the hinge to rotate up. You will not see the area that was trimmed unless the hood is open and if it is done nicely, no one but fellow kappa owners will know that the car did not come that way

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I agree with Elff

the clearance cut on the Sky is very small, no structural changes and its not something that anyone would ever notice. If a person looked at the car for the first time they would think it was a factory install.

On my Sol, I had the doors on for 3 years and never noticed that the hood had been clearanced. I knew about the fender clearance and obviously saw that, but until someone asked me about the hole in the hood, I did not notice it. Dave did the insall and put a piece of rubber trim around the holes he cut to cover the edges. It looked very factory and I just did not see it as a change.
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One other note between the 2 kappas
The fenders on a Solstice are metal.
The Skys are not metal

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Just to add clarity and another viewpoint. While I love my VDIs, the wife HATES them. She has trouble opening and closing them - enough so that I always do it for her - and while its easier for her to get out with her bad knees, she has forbidden me even discussing putting them on her Sky.
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But, how can you not LOVE this!

The VDIs are a HUGE attention getter.
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