A must have for any serious car modder, door poppers are aftermarket devices that open car doors remotely via a push of a button or remote control. And one of the up-and-coming manufacturers of door poppers is American Shifter. One of the leading names in aftermarket shifter parts and accessories, American Shifter now also offers door popper kits and guarantees that its kits can open even the toughest of doors. So in this review, we will put an American Shifter Company door popper kit to the test just to see whether it can truly lift the weight of its claims.
- Kit covers 2 doors
- 15 remote functions
- Solenoid supports up to 15 lbs
- Built-in door pop safety features
- Adjustable mounting brackets
- Includes cable, adapter, plug-and-play harness, 2 remote controls, and hardware
- Toll free tech support
- Limited lifetime warranty
Things we liked
- The door popper is compatible with various vehicle makes. We installed door poppers in vehicles from American, European, and Japanese brands, and they all worked without a hitch. The poppers also functioned properly in both shaved doors and standard ones during our tests.
- The kit has a comprehensive list of everything you need to install the popper onto your vehicle. From the solenoids to the mounting hardware, the door popper kit conveniently provides all the necessary parts to get the popper up and running in your car. Each set also comes with a detailed instruction manual for DIYers.
- American Shifter definitely put an emphasis in quality on the components of its door popper kits. Each kit contains a high-grade solenoid and actuator, a stainless steel pre-stretched door popper cable, aluminum fasteners, and 2 long range code rolling remotes. You'll certainly get your money's worth in these components.
- The solenoid contains a special steel return spring in place of a rubber boot typically found in other door popper kits. Though it gives a harder "pop", the return springs are more durable and do not stretch. Also, unlike rubber boots, these springs also do not accumulate water condensation which might damage the solenoid.
Things we didn't like
- The American Shifter kit comes at a whopping price range of $200-$230. We find this unsurprising given the quality of the materials and amount of parts included in the kit, but the cost will certainly make it a difficult choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
The bottom line
If you're not afraid to burn a hole in your pocket, the American Shifter Company door popper kit can certainly add a nifty feature to your ride.