you could use just a 35 lb sloenoid if you wanted. the 50 lb ones are designed more for classic cars and everything.
The solenoid itself isnt pushing the weight of your door but the weight of the mechanism that opens the door itself. Which really doesnt take much power at all. Go with anything atleast 35 and up though so it doesnt wear out. a 15 lb solenoid could probably even do the job but i wouldnt recommend it. go with a 35 and up. Also the best way to shave door handles is to mount the solenoid on the bottom of the door horizontally and have a pulley vertically on the door handle side of the door. Weld those in to place and use stainless steel braided cable.
Why cant you run at the track? Many race cars have their whole door shaved to the body? Is this all tracks or just the ones youve been at? Im really curious... thanks for the heads up though i'll have to check into my local track.
what about all those tricked out muscle cars where you have to jump in through the window to get in? hmmm. i can see the argument from both sides i guess. not serious but, what about a fake door handels with magnets to keep them on.... not a sermon, just a thought.....
i hate to be a spoil sport, but, shaved handles aren't allowed in scca. at all. and even if you did manage to get it on the track, the wouldn't bust your window out becuase you HAVE to have it down and your doors locked WITH a window net in place.
I would have to say you got lucky or you have a tech that doesn't care.Get an offical rule book and it clearly states shaved handles are not allowed.It doesn't matter about the organizers it is not their track even organizers have to follow rules.Like I said you got lucky or your tech doesn't care.
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