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Fitting the body kit

Fitting an aftermarket body kit (regardless of its brand) sometimes may be difficult and get some lesser-experienced people quite of a headache. First of all – don’t worry that things don’t match when you place them by hand on the vehicle – or what’s even worse – when you try to align two parts with each other by simply holding them in hands.

Over the years, we had various questions from our customers like “How to get my car looking as good as yours on the photos” and we decided to outline a few easy tips and tricks that we use as well to show you our workflow of installing basically any wide body kit.

Dry-fitting the body kit

The first step of going with a wide-body kit is dry-fitting the body kit as a whole. As you will hang part by part, you will notice that some may not align properly at the beginning, but when you add up the rest, they start to make sense. As an installer, keep in mind that composite parts can get easily deformed (for example, when they were stored incorrectly) and some of them may need time to get back to their initial dimensions/shapes.

If you installed nearly all of the parts and in some places, parts seem to “go a bit off” you can easily fix that by applying some heat (we recommend a heat gun instead of a hair-dryer) to the part that needs to be bent a bit. Once aligned as desired, you can use a clamp or some ducktape to block the part in the desired position and leave the part to cure. Usually, after we hang all of the parts on the car, we left them for a day untouched so they can work a bit. Later on, we proceeded with aligning the gaps, sanding down the exceeding material.

When all of the body kit parts were installed, gaps were initially aligned, we proceeded with installing all of the OEM accessories like grilles, headlights, taillights, wheels – just to confirm that the fitment is as good as we thought and to make some final corrections and tweaks prior taking off the parts for preparation for painting the parts.

Dry fitting is strongly recommended because you can easily catch all of the imperfections and simply remove them before applying paint. That’s our secret to building a perfectly fitted car.

Install the kit "from the back to the front"

With wide-body kits, the most crucial part of the whole install is installing the rear quarters. Mostly because once molded, there won’t be any margin for mistakes. All other parts like fenders, bumpers, and hood (bonnet) are mounted with screws, so you have the ability to align them properly, later on, to make all of the gaps even. This is why we strongly recommend starting the installation process accordingly:

  1. Rear bumper & side skirts (to outline where the quarter needs to go)
  2. Rear quarters
  3. Front fenders
  4. Front bumper
  5. Hood
  6. Addons like spoilers, front bumper lips, splitters

Simply said, install the rear bumper and side skirts, so you will have a clue where to install the rear quarter panel. Once you align it properly with the side skirt and rear bumper, you are good to go to drill some holes and temporary fix it to the car’s body.