Understanding body kits and other car aftermarket products by:Louie Liu
As you plan to spend on your car after you have bought it you will have a wide variety of products to choose from
. If you are a car enthusiast you should enjoy this process of understanding, evaluating and choosing a product.
The process starts with understanding a product. For some products such as car body kits this is not such a difficult step. However for several other products this will take some effort. Also there is the issue of how deeply you will understand a product. You can get either some superficial knowledge or indepth detailed knowledge. You may not have the time to understand all of them fully but you should take time to understand them as much as you can.
Car aftermarket products can be categorized as below:
1. Products that enhance the looks of the car Share:
2. Products that enhance the performance of the car
3. Products that do both
Is it that simple? Well not quite. Because several products do both but are really used for only one of the two reasons.
Body kits are primarily used for improving the looks of the car. In general products that improve the looks impact the color scheme of the car and the styling of the car. They may also include adornments.
Products like engine pulleys only enhance the performance and are not visible and so have no visual impact. In general products that improve the car performance improve the aerodynamic performance, the engine performance, the performance of other car parts such as lights or the control and handling of the car.
Amongst products that improve both performance and looks are products such as projector headlights that look great and also flood the road with light at night. Another such product is a camber kit. Though the kit by itself is not very visible if you change the camber of your car by a significant amount it will be clear you have got a camber kit installed.
Another example is a cold air intake that is used mostly because it improves engine performance but since the air intake has a visual component it also enhances the visual appeal of the car.