A lot of performance car enthusiasts decide to customize their vehicles by adding a body kit. It’s a cool upgrade that turns a lot of heads on the street.
However, there are some issues with adding a body kit to your car. It’s important to be aware of these issues before taking the plunge. Installing a body kit is a pretty big project that not only changes your car’s appearance, but also affects the way it's handled.
Before finding the perfect body kit for your car, take into consideration the following three potential trouble spots:
1. Body Kits Don’t Always Fit the Way You Want Them To
It’s pretty common for there to be some inconsistency in the body kit manufacturing process. This problem can usually be alleviated if you buy a model-specific body kit, but the potential for any remaining fitment issues depends on the aftermarket manufacturer.
Also, fitment issues could arise during the installation process. It’s pretty hard to make parts "hang" correctly without experience. If you're installing the body kit yourself, you may have to spend time getting a part to look straight, level, and flush.
If you're paying a body shop to install the kit, they may tell you to buy a kit from a specific company, as cheaper kits from unknown companies tend to have the most fitment issues. So it’s worth talking to a body shop first to see if they have a kit to recommend specifically for your make and model.
2. Body Kits Add Quite a Bit of Weight to a Vehicle
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When you install a body kit, extra weight is added to the edges of the vehicle. An extra 20-30 pounds on the front of your car isn't necessarily a big deal. However, it can change the way your car rides and handles (at least a little bit) if the weight is all concentrated in the lower part of the front valance.
3. Most Body Kits are Made From Fiberglass
Fiberglass is rarely used in auto body parts because it cracks easily. Once it's cracked, repairs are difficult. Unfortunately, most body kits are made from fiberglass. If you’re worried about cracks, you can consider just installing a bumper cover, valance, and/or grille surround that’s made from high density plastic.
High density plastic is great because it's strong, relatively inexpensive, and able to hold up well in all kinds of weather.
Keep in Mind That…
None of the problems listed above are so big that they should keep you from adding a body kit to your vehicle. However, before you install a body kit on your car, it's a good idea to:
- Research the company that makes the kit
- Compare the kit you're considering to other kits in terms of weight and material
- Discuss the project with the body shop that's going to install and/or paint your kit
If you have any questions about installing a body kit on your car, you're more than welcome to contact us.