March 1, 2006
Customizing your car with body kits is all about improving the looks of your automobile. This does not mean that these accessories cannot serve more practical purposes. Body kits include ground effects, such as skirting that divert and control the amount of air that passes through the underside of the car, improving down force.
If you want to get a "race car look" body kits come with instructions on how to adjust and customize your car to give it a "racy" appearance. Wings and spoilers are also popular body kits. They can either be placed in front or in the back of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase traction during acceleration. There are also kits featuring customized hoods, fenders, side mirrors, mags and windows.
Generally, shops that offer alterations and customization offer two kinds of body kits- fiberglass and urethane. Most drivers prefer the fiberglass body kits because they fit better and can easily be repaired. Fiberglass also looks better than urethane when finished because of its compatibility with paint. The only advantage of urethane is that it is more durable and resistant to slight impacts. The downside is that it is more expensive and more difficult to repair a damaged piece.
A good mechanic will know what kind of body kit fits your car. A body kit has to fit first before appearance – otherwise looks won’t matter. Body kits have been so popular these days; they even have a television show that features the best of them.
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