Today there is a plethora of body kit options available for almost any car model on the road. Many body shops will install body kits for a nominal fee; however the do-it-yourself mechanic can save money by fitting and installing the body kit on her own. This article explains the basics of fitting car body kits as a weekend-length project.
1. The first step to fitting the body kit is to order the correct kit for your model car. The Internet is a great resource for doing this, as often times you can find numerous web pages that offer the kit you want, and many will even have pictures of the kit installed.
2. Once the kit has arrived at your house/garage, you need to remove the old body kit if you haven’t already. Most body panels are only held on with a few screws and some plastic pop rivets. Once you locate all of the points at which the kit is attached you can carefully remove the body panels.
3. Now size up the new body kit on each panel of the car. Find or drill the bolt holes that will be used to secure the body kit by having a helper hold the kit on the car for you while you center the kit and mark holes on the kit with a permanent marker. Some sanding or trimming on the body kit may be required to get it to slide into position on the car, depending on how custom the kit itself was.
4. Once the kit is trimmed so it will fit, have your helper hold the kit in place as you bolt it on. Hopefully, little to no sanding or trimming will be required at this point, but dont force a section of the body kit in place. It should easily slide on and off, and will be held in place by the bolts you place.
5. With the kit securely attached at all points, you can sand the entire car and prep it for a fresh coat of paint!