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Give your car a brand-new look.something fresh, probably sexier, or a bit more stylish! All you need is a body kit. You can change its old bumpers or add some cool side skirts or spoilers, or probably give it some nice and smooth paint job. Dress it up a little more with side guards, rear wings, or even a roof scoop. Your car can look like a million bucks without you having to empty your coffers for the makeover. If all you want is a new look for your car and not exactly an overhaul for the race track, a good body kit is what you should be looking for to make it stand out from the rest of the car crowd.

Body kit options

Ditch the original factory look of your ride. That's a dime a dozen on the road. When picking a new body kit, you can get a whole set with various components that complement each other toward a seamless design. Or, you can do some mixing and matching of your own to come up with a customized look. You can go easy on the front and/or go more dramatic in the rear. You can put together a whole new style with the accessories that you'll mount in your ride.

One of the bigger decisions you have to make when selecting a kit is the material it will be made of. Your options include fiberglass, polyurethane, and carbon fiber.

Fiberglass. Fiberglass body kits are cheaper and more common. However, the material is also known to break or crack in case of an impact, although a stronger, more durable fiberglass option is available. Fiberglass composite isn't only tougher (according to its weight/strength ratio), but it's also lighter. When damaged, body kits and components made of fiberglass composite are easier to repair or mend.

Polyurethane. Polyurethane is also a popular choice, as seen in many high-quality aerodynamic automotive components. It's flexible, and it doesn't crack easily because of its high resistance to damage. The great thing about it is that it's not only tough but also quite easy to install and maintain. It also doesn't hurt that its price range is quite reasonable. Weatherproof super polyurethane is a tougher material that you can work with.

But if there are highs, there are also some lows. For instance, polyurethane body kits are heavier than those made of carbon fiber or fiberglass. Another trouble with them is that they can't be mended or fixed easily, unlike fiberglass options. You'll have to replace damaged polyurethane auto body components.

Carbon fiber. Carbon fiber, like fiberglass, is also light in weight. However, carbon fiber body kits are hard to find. You won't be seeing a lot of options for auto body parts made of carbon fiber, especially for street-legal vehicles. The cost of this material makes carbon fiber auto body components rare.

How to fit an auto body kit

Step 1: Remove the old body components of the car. You may have to remove some screws or work on removing the pop rivets. Find all the attachment points and then carefully take the panels off the auto body.

Step 2: Align the body components on each panel on the car. You'll need someone else to help you with this. As you line them up, look for the bolt holes. If needed, you may have to drill some holes yourself. Be sure to mark the holes before you fix the new panels into place. Some sanding or trimming may be required.

Step 3: Bolt on the new panels until they fit every section of the vehicle. In some kits, automotive tape is used to put new auto body components in place.

Step 4: Attach the body components, making sure that all points are covered. After this, you may have to sand the car and get it ready for a new paint, although in some body kits, things can be much easier.less prep-ups and modifications.

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    Give your car a brand-new look-something fresh, probably sexier, or a bit more stylish! All you need is a body kit. You can change its old bumpers or add some cool side skirts or spoilers, or probably give it some nice and smooth paint job. Dress it up a little more with side guards, rear wings, or even a roof scoop. Your car can look like a million bucks without you having to empty your coffers for the makeover. If all you want is a new look for your car and not exactly an overhaul for the race track, a good body kit is what you should be looking for to make it stand out from the rest of the car crowd.

    Body kit options

    Ditch the original factory look of your ride. That\'s a dime a dozen on the road. When picking a new body kit, you can get a whole set with various components that complement each other toward a seamless design. Or, you can do some mixing and matching of your own to come up with a customized look. You can go easy on the front and/or go more dramatic in the rear. You can put together a whole new style with the accessories that you\'ll mount in your ride.

    One of the bigger decisions you have to make when selecting a kit is the material it will be made of. Your options include fiberglass, polyurethane, and carbon fiber.

    Fiberglass. Fiberglass body kits are cheaper and more common. However, the material is also known to break or crack in case of an impact, although a stronger, more durable fiberglass option is available. Fiberglass composite isn\'t only tougher (according to its weight/strength ratio), but it\'s also lighter. When damaged, body kits and components made of fiberglass composite are easier to repair or mend.

    Polyurethane. Polyurethane is also a popular choice, as seen in many high-quality aerodynamic automotive components. It\'s flexible, and it doesn\'t crack easily because of its high resistance to damage. The great thing about it is that it\'s not only tough but also quite easy to install and maintain. It also doesn\'t hurt that its price range is quite reasonable. Weatherproof super polyurethane is a tougher material that you can work with.

    But if there are highs, there are also some lows. For instance, polyurethane body kits are heavier than those made of carbon fiber or fiberglass. Another trouble with them is that they can\'t be mended or fixed easily, unlike fiberglass options. You\'ll have to replace damaged polyurethane auto body components.

    Carbon fiber. Carbon fiber, like fiberglass, is also light in weight. However, carbon fiber body kits are hard to find. You won\'t be seeing a lot of options for auto body parts made of carbon fiber, especially for street-legal vehicles. The cost of this material makes carbon fiber auto body components rare.

    How to fit an auto body kit

    Step 1: Remove the old body components of the car. You may have to remove some screws or work on removing the pop rivets. Find all the attachment points and then carefully take the panels off the auto body.

    Step 2: Align the body components on each panel on the car. You\'ll need someone else to help you with this. As you line them up, look for the bolt holes. If needed, you may have to drill some holes yourself. Be sure to mark the holes before you fix the new panels into place. Some sanding or trimming may be required.

    Step 3: Bolt on the new panels until they fit every section of the vehicle. In some kits, automotive tape is used to put new auto body components in place.

    Step 4: Attach the body components, making sure that all points are covered. After this, you may have to sand the car and get it ready for a new paint, although in some body kits, things can be much easier-less prep-ups and modifications.