Although cars share the same basic structure, you can still make your own ride a stand-out on the road. With many body kits available in the market nowadays, modifying your car's body can be done in a breeze. A body kit is an assembly of customizable exterior auto parts and accessories, such as front and rear bumpers, side guards, roof scoops, spoilers, and side skirts. Once installed, these products alter the appearance of your car, making it unique from other cars on the streets. For added style, you can also use two or more body kits on your car. And not only do body kits enhance your car's aesthetics; they can also boost your vehicle's performance. The spoiler, for example, improves your car's aerodynamics, reducing drag on the vehicle's body.So with just one body kit, you get to improve your vehicle's performance and aesthetics. Great deal, huh? To view our complete line of topnotch body kits, click around our catalogs at Carparts.
• Constructed from lightweight and durable materials
• Gives your vehicle a unique style and appearance
• Includes paintable bumpers, side skirts, spoilers to match your vehicle's existing paint job
A DIY Guide to Body Kit Installation
Installing a new body kit on your ride is the way to go, especially if you are going for a more customized look. Aside from the cost of the parts, you also have to pay for labor if you decide to take this project to a garage. So, to help you cut cost, it is advisable to do it yourself than to hire people to do it for you-especially if you have considerable experience with cars.
Required skill level: Advanced
Needed tools and materials
- Lacquer thinner
- Adhesion promoter
- Lint-free cloth
- 200-grit sandpaper
- Welding machine
Assuming that you already bought a body kit for the specific make, model, and year of your car; the best way to begin the installation process is by painting the parts. The body kit usually comes primered with high-gloss gel coat finish but is not pre-painted. It is better to paint the kit prior the installation process to assure that the coating is even.
Feel the surface of the body kit, if you feel any coarseness, apply lacquer thinner to the area with a lint-free cloth. The coarseness may be caused by an uneven coating of gel finishing. If the problem persists, sand it with a 200-grit sandpaper. After doing that; apply adhesion promoter to the surface, let it stand for an hour, and apply automotive paint. Let the automotive paint dry before you mount it to the vehicle's body.
The tricky part to mounting the body kit is the irregularity of the bolts, screws, and clips you will be using. It is best to measure the kit first against the mounting area to decide the best set of attachments that will work. Welding will very probably be required.
Mount the parts according to the way you feel is best. You might need to sand the mounting areas a bit for it to fit appropriately.
To make sure that the body kit is installed right, let your car run for a test drive. Maintain normal speed and be wary of any squeaking sounds that might be present. If you don't hear any sound at all, then it means that your ride is good to go.
Selecting the Right Body Kit for your Car
Sometimes, vehicles don't come with that customized look that owners are looking for. That's the reason why body kits are sold in order to enable owners to change the look of their vehicle according to their preferences. There are so many body kits that are being offered these days but before you buy them, you need to consider a few things first.
Body kits are made of different materials such as fiberglass, carbon, and polyurethane. Fiberglass is the cheapest material available, although its downside is that it's quite heavy compared to carbon and polyurethane. On the other hand, polyurethane is actually very light and it also offers excellent durability compared to fiberglass. Lastly, carbon is the most expensive material used in body kits and it's rare that this material is used for anything that's street-legal.
If a body kit maker tells you to remove a safety feature of your vehicle then don't buy its products because safety should be your number one priority. Also, you should look for a comprehensive and easy-to-understand installation manual before you decide to buy your newest body kit.
Another thing that you should also consider is the price of the body kit that you would like to buy. For instance, if you're looking for a body kit that's made of fiberglass, there are two kinds to choose from: high-quality fiberglass that's more expensive and the low-quality fiberglass that's cheaper but prone to breakage. Before buying, you should be able to understand the pros and cons of buying cheap and expensive body kits.
Body kit parts
A body kit usually comes with bumpers, spoilers, side skirts, side guards, and even roof scoops. Sometimes, even lambo doors, mesh grille, and even air dams are included in a kit. You don't have to attach everything that's included in the body kit since the important thing is creating the look that you prefer.
If you're planning to modify the look of your car, then you better check your insurance provides whether all modifications are included. Some insurance companies allow body kit installation while others don't and that's something you have to consider before installing a body kit to your vehicle.
Looks and performance
Though traditional body kits are simply meant to change the appearance of a vehicle, others are built to actually improve performance. Performance body kits are designed to improve aerodynamics while lessening the drag that the wind creates.
Body kits are a way for you to improve the looks and even the performance of your vehicle without spending a lot of money. Brands that you can choose from include Silk Automotive, Aerogear, Xenon, and VIS Racing.
Easy Steps to Body Kit Installation (Front Bumper)
It's a good idea that you've finally invested in a brand-new body kit to enhance the overall look of your ride. Now, it is time for you to install it. Though you can still call a professional for help, you'll be spending more money to get it done. So to save on labor cost, might as well do the installation yourself. Body kit installation is actually easy. Here, check out this simple guide in installing a brand-new front bumper body kit to help you get started.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Grease remover or lacquer thinner
- Paper towel
- Adhesion promoter
- Lint-free cloth coat
Step 1: Using a grease remover or a lacquer thinner, clean the surface of the components where the body kit part (front bumper) will be installed. Don't forget to dry the said component using a paper towel.
Step 2: To make sure that the body kit component will be able to stick to the surface of the car, use an adhesion promoter and apply it with a lint-free cloth.
Step 3: Remove the old bumper and make sure that all the screws and bolts are kept so you could use them in the future. If the new front bumper can't fit, then you would have to remove the Styrofoam insert.
Step 4: In case the new front bumper isn't lined up correctly, sand or grind the edges carefully to even its edges.
Step 5: Drill the necessary holes so you could easily align the new front bumper correctly.
Step 6: Install the new front bumper using the screws and bolts from the old bumper.
Step 7: If you want, you can further customize its look by painting the new front bumper that you've just installed. Just make sure that the paint color you choose will fit the original color of your ride.