Upgrading Your Body Kit

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Auto and Trucks

With the advent of the body kit, there are now countless ways for you to upgrade your car. While many people will simply stick to parts that are easy to change like rims or the muffler and exhaust pipe system, there are thousands of other people who want to make their car look completely unique. They can do so relatively quick with a body kit. Body kits are specially molded pieces of plastic or carbon fiber which can be used to replace pieces like bumpers, side skirts and hoods on stock cars. Most of the common body kits on the market today are available for Asian import cars like Hondas, Toyotas, Mitsubishis and Nissans, although there are more kits being developed for American and European automobiles. Depending on what you want your look to be, a full body kit can cost you anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to upwards of ten thousand dollars. Carbon fiber parts are vastly more expensive than typical plastic parts, but they do provide you with a much lighter and more stable product than you could ever hope to get from plastic.

All body kit parts can be purchased separately. While most body kit manufacturing companies do make parts that are designed to be sold together as a set, many people instead choose the mix and match route when they are designing the body kit for their car. They may pick a part from one manufacturer for the front bumper, leave the stock side skirts on their car and then choose parts from another manufacturer for the rear bumper. With so many parts on the market today, the multitude of different combinations is incredible and nearly anybody can make a car that they think looks absolutely perfect, sporty and classy.

Even though there are lots of great benefits to purchasing your own body kit for your car, there are a bunch of disadvantages as well. Firstly, body kits, no matter what type of car you purchase them for, come in one of two colors white or primer grey. This means that you obviously have to paint the parts (and the rest of your car) at some point after everything is installed. Unfortunately, body modification on a car is more or less a hobby for teenagers and those under thirty, meaning that the usual clients are unable to purchase all of the parts at once and cannot afford to paint their newly modified car until much later. This is a problem, as it means that you end up driving around for months on end with a primer colored bumper attached to your car, giving it a horribly ugly two tone look until you are able to finally paint the car. To avoid disgracing yourself in this way, it is highly recommended that you purchase the body kit parts when you have the money for them but do not install them until you are completely ready to paint the entire car. Following this procedure will ensure that your car will never look ugly and half-finished and the parts that you spent so much money on will never be exposed to hazardous weather conditions that could damage the parts in the long term.