Automakers are restrained from creating enormously aerodynamic vehicles with sport-tuned suspensions and powerhouse motors because they must cater to the average consumer. As a result, the tuning industry has grown up, providing consumers (tuners) with products that enhance the appearance and performance of their vehicles.
Body kits are one of the most popular ways to enhance both at the same time. What benefit do body kits offer? Here is a rundown of the benefits offered by a standard kit.
Most body kits consist of four parts, though other kits offer a wider range of parts. The standard kit contains a front and rear bumper, as well as side skirts and grille inserts for your vehicle. There are two types of body kits available, those with a “universal” fit and those designed to fit your specific type of vehicle. Universal kits generally have a sloppy look, with obvious flaws, and require significant modification to fit a wide variety of vehicles. Choosing a kit designed specifically for your vehicle is a much better choice.
Body kits provide two advantages over an OEM body style. Obviously, style is the first benefit. These kits provide an aggressive, custom look to your vehicle without the need for extensive modification or body panel replacement. The second benefit of these kits is better aerodynamics. Even a kit without a wing spoiler can enhance vehicle performance and stability. Why is this?
Body kits lower the body of your vehicle, forcing more air to go over the top of your ride. This has the distinct advantage of providing greater downforce across the entire vehicle. Greater downforce allows your vehicle to hug the ground better without breaking tire/road contact.
This results in greater performance and handling, whether in curves or straightaway section. Because there is less ground clearance, more air is forced over the hood, the roof, and the trunk, while less air is able to penetrate below the vehicle. This provides a sort of vacuum, which adds additional road handling.
Each kit will be different in terms of appearance, as well as the content. Most kits will need to be painted prior to installation on your vehicle. This allows you to match the color of your car and attain a more seamless custom look than if you were to simply choose a color that closely matched your own.