View Full Version : Lambo Door Installation Guide

James D.
08-29-2005, 04:53 AM
Heres what the Celica Garage Works been doing lately, Painting cars, Installing Bodykits, Installing Turbos, Installing Lambo Doors etc etc.


This is a step by step procedure in installing the Lambo hinges for your 7th Generation Celica. You need the right tools to do the right job and a friend to help you out during the install. Patience is a must and take your time making the install perfect and successful, there is no way you can do this install in 30 mins.

The required tools you need:

Size 10, 12, 13 sockets
Socket extention
Size 14 open end wrench
Grinder with a blade disc to cut
Long Nose Pliers
Flat Screw Driver
Phillips Screw Driver
Allen Wrenchs
Electrical Tape
Blade or a Cutter
AntiRust Spray Paint
Masking Tape
Grease Gun

1st Step: Remove front bumper, fenders and side skirt(No need to take out the whole skirt if you are still using the stock one, just need the front part lowered a little to have access on the fenders bolt). Use the size 10 socket to remove the bolts on top of the bumper and underneath (if you are still using stock front end). Next remove headlights and remove fenders. All using size 10 sockets. If im not mistaken, there are 9 bolts and 2 nuts holding the fender. Look at the picture below.


and car should look like this...


2nd Step: Get your grinder and cut/shave the bracket that holds the part of the fender. And spray it with your antirust paint. Look at the picture below.


3rd Step: Remove door catch. I put the bolt back in there so you wont leave a hole visible. Look at the picture below.


4rth Step: Tape the door using the masking tape starting from half level of the door all the way to the roof. Make sure you tape it good so it will stay in place. I forgot to take pictures but it is similar to this, this is not enough tape though coz the door is very heavy so add more lines to it. Look at picture below. (Picture provided by Satoshi)


5th Step: Remove stock hinges and just to make sure, have your friend hold the door just to be on the safe side. Use your size 12 socket this time. Also need a flat screw driver to pry the hindge coz there is a silicon glue holding it. Look at the pictures below.


and it should look like this...


6th Step: Install the hinges. Make sure each bolt has a washer with it, 8 bolts with 8 washers. Now you will have to use the size 13 socket for this. DO NOT TIGHTEN EVERYTHING UNTIL ALL THE BOLTS ARE IN PLACE. IF everything is good then tighten the door area first then the frame area next. Look at the picture below.


7th Step: After that take all masking tape out of the door and have your friend open it up, the door is very heavy so make sure he can lift the door up. It is required since you have to put the shocks in place. Use your allen wrench to screw the bolt in on the top part of the shock. Make sure you grease the bolt first. Look at picture below.


8th Step: Use the long nose pliers to hold the lock pin in place and knock it in gently until it goes in. Look at the picture below.


9th Step: You need a grease gun to grease the hinges, this is required to keep the hindge from squeeling and last longer. Look at the picture below.


10th step: You may need to adjust the height of the door in order to close properly so you will have to adjust this nut. Screw it forward, the hindge will adjust the door high, Backward, the height will be low. You need a size 14 socket and an allen wrench for this. Look at the picture below.


11th Step: Now when you open the door up, the grommet for the wires will stretch out, you dont have to extend these wires since the are long already, the kit comes with wires and connectors to extend the wires. Looking at the picture below, i didnt cut the grommet out, only part of it. Use your cutter or blade for this process and make sure be safe. Tape all the wires up nice and neat.




12th Step: Grab your fender and you will need the grinder again to cut this, if you dont feel like cutting it then you can just fold it like what Satoshi did. We decided to cut it to make it a cleaner look Make sure you put a cloth or a towel so you wont scratch the fender. Make sure you use a mechanics goggle and be very careful in grinding. Look at the picture below.

Satoshis fender roll.


13th Step: Spray your fender with antirust paint on the inside where its been cut. Look at the picture below.


14th Step: Install the fender and this is how it should look. Look at the picture below.


15th Step: When all the hinges are installed, you can install the front bumper, side skirts and headlight back on and youre good to go!


The whole process applies on the other side. Enjoy!

Brought to you by:
-Celica Garage Works of the Celica Development Club-

Up next, installing turbo kit for you 7th Generation Celica...

08-30-2005, 03:33 AM
Hi all:
where u get and $?

James D.
08-30-2005, 04:26 AM
Vertical Door Convertion aka VDC hinge, $1300

09-01-2005, 11:55 PM
Hi James do u know how to paint the headlight and taillight make
look like smoks styl...


James D.
09-05-2005, 11:43 PM
you can buy those spray paints for headlights or taillights, its very easy to do yet id rather have them custom tinted

09-05-2005, 11:51 PM
Hi James : can u post pics show me how by each step


James D.
09-06-2005, 11:34 PM
i dont have that guide yet but i will post it as soon as possible

09-07-2005, 12:12 AM
James, I'm really impressed by the work of your club. Great instructional thread. I always wondered how those doors worked! Nicely photographed too! And you get to play with Celicas in a little corner of paradise. ;)

09-07-2005, 03:52 AM
Thanks a lot

09-09-2005, 03:05 AM
awsome write up, and your cars look really nice

James D.
10-17-2005, 05:06 AM
Thanks Guys :bigthumbu

12-26-2005, 03:54 AM
Dam bro that place rock's bro :bigthumbu all those celica's dam nice place to hang out and just shoot the breeze couple of beers dam tight. :woot:

06-23-2009, 02:53 AM
Of all the mods I've seen, This is the one I would be most likely to attempt.

What are the drawbacks of this type of door hinge vs. standard hinges? Are they stable?? They look like they might be "wobbly" when open.

Does cutting th fender weaken it?

Interesting write up!

06-23-2009, 05:33 AM
I don't exactly enjoy cleaning four year old threads. Preference is preference, if you don't like it don't post. Please keep posts relevant to the write up. Nothing to add, nothing to post.

06-23-2009, 06:17 AM
I made it positive... I said it was a good write up. Just stating my opinion in it... but w/e i guess. :)

06-23-2009, 12:53 PM
What are the drawbacks of this type of door hinge vs. standard hinges? Are they stable?? They look like they might be "wobbly" when open.

Well, standard hinges are pretty much refined to a point of a fine science for longevity and stability, this is an aftermarket product, designed by whomever the product seller could get to engineer it. So the quality of the design will depend on how much money they spent on said design.

These are also replacing the stock hinges and moving the door in a way it was never meant to be moved on our cars. Also, there are some that weld to the body of the car instead of just bolting in. That would be my personal preference to insure that the hinge doesn't go anywhere.

Does cutting th fender weaken it?

Yes, but there's not exactly much relying on the strength of the fender, except the fender itself.

08-04-2009, 01:06 AM
Wow nice write up, looking good

08-04-2009, 02:45 AM
Lambo doors on a celica deserves a

I'm glad I was broke back in 2005 and didn't have moneys for a kit lol.
Excellent write up none the less.

09-30-2013, 03:43 PM
Lambo doors would look great, I might have to consider it

09-30-2013, 05:52 PM
Lambo doors would look great, I might have to consider it

no they dont.