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Carbon Fiber, The Champ of Aftermarket Body Kits

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Carbon fiber is a material that’s used in making aftermarket body kits. In previous blogs we’ve discussed fiberglass and urethane. Every material has pros and cons to using them for modifying cars. Some are lower in cost. Others are more durable. Still another might be flexible. Before buying, research according to your needs to find what materials are going be a best fit.

Carbon fiber (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) gives the part a very strong and very lightweight material for cars. It’s a polymer resin that bonds carbon fibers. It was first used for NASA and has become a very common material in manufacturing body kits. When purchased, it typically comes with a clear-coat and is ready to install. Carbon fiber is a very easily identifiable material. It has a unique shimmery black weave pattern texture that is characteristic.

Some of the drawbacks to using carbon fiber is that it’s more expensive than fiberglass and urethane. The benefit of paying the higher price would be to lighten the OEM parts by up to 70%. It will also bring a unique look to the vehicle that other materials cannot give. One word of caution is to be sure that if you install a hood, also install pins to secure the hood. Because of the lightweight the hood could fly open and hit the windshield, doing damage. The fibers, however strong can splinter upon impact rather than crumpling like metal.

With carbon fiber body kits, the price will vary depending on the filament, grade of the weave and the method for creating the product. As is with most investments, the higher the quality, the higher the price. This is not always the case, but it may benefit you to look at the quality of the product before buying. Shop Express Aero Kits for quality body kits for your vehicle. We’re your one-stop shop.