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January 30, 2018
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It’s no secret that the addition of a body kit to your car can take it from stock-standard to head-turning in no time. With a large array of manufacturers and components to choose from, there are a number of factors worth taking into consideration when deciding which body kit is best for your car.
Below we discuss what you should consider before you purchase and install a body kit on your vehicle.
Setting a budget is a great place to start before going ahead and purchasing a body kit, for a number of reasons. A budget ensures you spend within your price range, alleviating any stress from over-spending or potential future debt. Establishing a budget can help you to narrow down your options in terms of the look you are going for, as well as available kit types, manufacturers, materials and components. Keep in mind potential postage/shipping costs, as well as those surrounding installation.
Whether it’s sleek and athletic, bold and aggressive, or an extreme show-stopping look you’re chasing, there’s bound to be a body kit out there to suit the look you’re after. Depending on your taste, there are many options in regards to the colour and applicable finish of body kit components. If performance also plays a part in your choice, take note of the weight of components as well as any aerodynamic features.
Body kits are manufactured from an array of different materials, each of which varies in regards to pricing, weight (and therefore performance), durability and repair ability. Some of the most commonly available materials are:
Fibreglass: Although of medium weight and low durability and flexibility, fibreglass kits are a popular choice amongst car enthusiasts as they are inexpensive and somewhat straightforward to repair. Fibreglass kits are a great option if you are seeking to individualise your vehicle without adding significant weight.
Polyurethane: In comparison to fibreglass, polyurethane kits will set you back a bit further and are more cumbersome in terms of weight. However, they are renowned for their flexibility and durability, and are somewhat straightforward to repair.
Carbon Fibre: Unlike polyurethane kits, carbon fibre kits are lightweight and are therefore a popular choice for car enthusiasts looking to improve performance. Although, they aren’t for everyone - carbon fibre kits are relatively expensive, and unlike polyurethane kits, lack flexibility and durability. It is also of value to note that body kits manufactured from carbon fibre are relatively hard to repair.
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Now you have an understanding of different body kit materials, as well as a budget and knowledge of the look you’re chasing, the next step is to decide what components you wish to add to your vehicle. It’s worth researching an array of different manufacturers (and corresponding retailers e.g. AusBody Works), and consider which kit(s) and components get your attention. Be wary of and sure to understand any requirements for the installation of the kit, such as the removal or modification of existing parts.
If you find you like different components from different manufacturers, you may have the option to compile and install your own unique body kit, setting your car apart from the rest.
It is worth checking any relevant state and/or local laws before purchasing your kit, to ensure all components are “street legal”, in order to save any potential hassles in future.
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Calling and speaking to your insurance company about your plans to purchase and fit a body kit may save you future headaches surrounding what modifications are and are not covered by your insurer.
So, you’ve decided upon and bought the body kit you love. If you are a keen mechanic as well as a car enthusiast, it may suit you to install the relevant body kit components yourself. If you don’t feel confident or aren’t interested in doing so, take the time to research a professional mechanic workshop that can complete the job for you.
By following our tips above, you'll be on your way to taking your car from 'the everyday' to a showstopper in no time!