Best Body Kit Materials

Body Kits have come a long way since development began in 1961. Today there are many brands and variations of body kits. Fiberglass and Urethane are the two most common materials used for body kits today. Carbon Fiber is another material used in making car body components. Even some brands have made their own materials to make a superior product.

Fiberglass is probably one of the most common used materials when it comes to body kits and other body components such as hoods, bumpers, fenders, and side skirts. The reason is that it’s a fairly inexpensive material to manufacture. Also at a lower cost you can give an old car a new look for little investment. Be careful though. If you are hard on your cars body, then you might want to rethink this material. Fiberglass can be a bit more fragile than some other materials. Curb damage may occur easier than other materials, and climate believe it or not is also a big factor. Fiberglass doesn’t hold up well to temperature changes, as your cars body may show signs of damage such as spider cracks. Fiberglass on the other hand can be repaired if the damage isn’t too great. There are kits on the market to repair chips, holes, and cracks in your cars fiberglass body.

Urethane is a top choice in quality when selecting a body kit. This is due to the fact that urethane doesn’t damage as easily due to its flexible nature. Although this material is probably the best choice it is also one of the most expensive choices as well. The installation of a urethane body kit can often be a little bit easier because you can manipulate it more during the installation process to get a quality fitment and maybe even a cheaper install price.

Carbon Fiber is most popular in materials used for hoods. You may notice a car on the road that has a dark grey or even black looking hood on their white car. Most likely this is a carbon fiber hood. The main factor for the carbon fiber material is that it is very light weight but yet durable as well. You can find some complete body kits made of carbon fiber, but mostly used in individual components such as hoods, fenders, deck lids, spoilers, and doors.

Now some brands have concocted their own materials that they feel superior to most. Extreme Dimensions Duraflex is a prime example. Fiberglass used to be their main material used, but now they have transitioned all their body kits to Duraflex. Extreme Dimension’s new Duraflex technology is a revolutionary product which combines fiberglass, plastic, and flex resins to obtain its unique features. They claim that this will reduce damage by 75%. AIT Racing has made their kit out of a plastic resin that they have developed into a durable material.

Pros and Cons of Polyurethane Body Kits

Car performance body kits are nowadays being manufactured by different materials. All have some advantages and disadvantages and selecting a body kit of a particular material depends totally on the price, conditions, usage and other various factors. The different materials could be polyurethane body kits and others, made up of fiber glass, carbon fiber, ABS plastic etc.

In this post I intend to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of car body kits made up of polyurethane. I hope this will make your mind even more clear and lead you to a better decision making when selecting the performance kit for your next exterior car modification.

Advantages Of Polyurethane Body Kits

The biggest advantage of attempting your car body modification and then replacing it with polyurethane is its durability. These kits would be more long lasting than the famous fiber glass as the material is more flexible. This flexibility makes it to get mount on your car very easily. So if you are reluctant in changing your car’s body kit and consider installing a new one very tough job then polyurethane will change your opinion once and for all. This attribute makes a car body kit modification quite simple and pretty much a DIY job hence saving time and money.

Since polyurethane is a hard and flexible substance, it does not damage easily as compared to its other competitors. So you need to bang real hard your car in order to place an impact on it. But wait. Did I say? “Bang Real Hard!” you definitely would not love to strike your car anywhere no matter what material your car body kit is and this feeling become even more extreme when the material is polyurethane. Because the moment your car strikes and an impact is laid, there’s a great disadvantage waiting for you which I will discuss in the disadvantages section.

Disadvantages Of Polyurethane Body Kits

Since the polyurethane is a high quality material so generally the body kits made up of it are more costly than other materials so you really need to have tight pockets if you are going for it. This is a great drawback as it goes out of reach for many car enthusiasts and they cannot afford it at all. Secondly, painting over polyurethane is not a convenient job at all as paint requires more adhesion and also sags more quickly over time when exposed to sun or heat.

Furthermore, these are more heavy than fiber glass, so when you mount them over your car keep your mind well prepared for more fuel consumption as more power is going to be required by your car to drag it. Now coming to the disadvantage because of which you would not love to hit your car and cause an impression on it. Polyurethane body kits are not easily repairable or in some cases, it is impossible do retain the original shape of it and you will only have to replace it with new one as the car dents are not going to be removed you have to be even more careful on the road.

Bringing my discussion to an end, polyurethane sure is an expensive material to afford but think of it from the positive angle. The less the people will have them, the more your car is going to be unique. The decision is sure in your hands.