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The new “Wide Body” kit

[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]n the automotive industry new trends are always popping up. They can vary from wheels to exhaust styles and body kits. The current trend I am bombarded with at SEMA 2015 is the new “wide body.” With the somewhat recent popularity of Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk kits, more and more companies are jumping on this trend.

These manufactures are creating kits that do not need any molding or fabrication. They are just riveted or bolted right on. Aside from being just an easy application, the bolts and rivets are part of the desired styling or “look” they are meant to have.

As I have been walking the aisles of SEMA I have overheard the term “true wide body” used by multiple people. Hearing this over and over, sparked my curiosity.


Whenever I heard people say “true wide body,” I began to ask what it meant to them. The general idea behind a “true wide body” is when the kit is seamlessly molded into the body, while the current trend of Rocket Bunny kits or Liberty Walk is not considered a true wide body because they are riveted and bolted in.

Call me old school but to myself… But a wide body kit is to make the car look like it was manufactured with wider body panels. A great example, and probably easiest to relate to, would be the Veilside RX-7 Fortune kit, most commonly known as the car that Han drove in the Fast N Furious: Tokyo Drift. This is a complete kit with new fenders, bumpers, door panels, rear gate, and more.


So when comparing to the “true wide body” to the new style wide body kits… what’s really the difference? The new riveted kits seem to be more of an exaggerated fender flare. There’s no molding or heavy fabrication that goes into these kits and they are almost like the “Ikea version” of a wide body. Order kit, paint kit to match, line up kit and rivet on.

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