Picking a Door Strap for your Ride
Car doors are recently meant to open and shut to grant you access inside. They can move because of the hinges that hold them on a pivot point. This movement is not really a problem until you park your vehicle on an uneven surface or a windy place. In these circumstances, your door can move against your will. When this happens, it can hit other cars or nearby structures. It's bad news for you. You might end up with a bad dent and it means spending money on repairs. Here's how to pick a door strap to solve this problem.
What vehicle are you driving?
The first step on the list of things that you have to do is being able to properly identify the vehicle you are driving. Begin by classifying by year, brand, model and trim. This will help you explore the available choices in the market. While there are products that can be applied to any model, it is still better to nail a set that is specifically designed for your vehicle. Direct fit parts help you save time and effort that would be put to modifications in preparation for the installation. Aside from that, direct fit parts usually have mounting provisions that flows with the contours of the vehicle.
But when you are dealing with a strap set that is not really suited for your vehicle, we recommend that you take careful measurements of the angles, possible mounting points, and the length between the mount on the body and the attachment at the door itself. The length should be enough to allow the door to be fully opened but is still capable of providing tension to restrict any further movement.
Where are you placing the door straps?
Identifying the locations where you will be mounting the door strap is important. You should be aware that the arrangement of the hinges and pillars would be different if the door is in the front versus if it is at the back. Since the hinge of the front door is supposed to be below the A pillar, there might be a better chance that the hinge is placed further to the front. This in turn affects the length necessary for the strap to work. It also affects the possible mounting points for the anchoring end of the strap.
On the other hand, the hinge of rear doors are usually fixed below the B pillar of the vehicle. There is a much limited area there where you can mount the anchoring end. So if you are to compare the product designed for the front versus the one for the rear, you might be able to spot differences. You can buy individual straps specific to only one door but you can also choose packages that are prepared for both front and rear doors.
Preparing your budget and finally buying it
There are a couple of brands that offer this product. Do a little bit of research to identify which brands are the most reliable and compare their prices. After doing that, decide which package will work for you best.