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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Custom Paintwork

Here's a great Quick Guide to Custom Paintwork

There is an unlimited variety of paintwork finishes and effects that can now be achieved with the right materials and expertise. This allows you to make your car styling as individual as yourself.

There are many manufacturers in custom paint finishes with quality products that allow you to achieve striking custom paintwork finishes. Using these products you can achieve:

Candy colours
Metal flake finishes.
Pearl finishes
Hyperbase colours
Killer colours (Fluorescents)

A wide variety of colour concentrates are available giving you an almost unlimited colour range to allow your creativity to run wild.

Find a professional refinisher who has suitable facilities and equipment and is prepared to carry out the work. Check out the colour charts and decide on the type of finish you want.

When finished, show it off to the world. That's what car styling is all about!

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Nitrous Oxide, "Laughing Gas"

Nitrous Oxide.

Next to an engine swap or a turbocharger, nitrous, commonly known as "laughing gas" is the most wanted car tuning mod for most owners. Like turbocharging, nitrous too, represents simple raw power. With this power comes attention, respect, and covetousness, or in other words, you will be envied.

You have a plan to get a nitrous setup when you can afford it. However, the thing that you need to ask yourself is what should you know about them before you get one? So you go to the nearest speed shop to ask this question and get bombarded with all the big A nitrous kits that you can order for your car. They tell you that it is ok if you just want to get the nitrous kit without upgrading anything else.

Of course you would like to be able to do all of the additional upgrades, but because that nitrous kit is so expensive, who can afford anything else? The labor for getting it installed is a killer, too.

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Thursday, 25 December 2008

Body Kits

A bodykit or body kit is a collection of exterior modifications to a car, typically comprised of front and rear bumpers (fenders), side skirts, spoilers and sometimes front and rear side guards. There are many companies that offer alternatives to the original factory appearance of the vehicle. Body kits components are designed to compliment each other and work together as a complete design. Despite this, the 'mix and match' approach is often seen on cars, where the front of one body kit will be matched with the rear of another for example.

Automotive body kits are usually constructed of either fiberglass, polyurethane or in some cases carbon fiber - a popular and lightweight material. Polyurethane is popular with car enthusiasts because it is more resistant to damage and does not crack in cold weather. However, carbon fiber kits are not as highly regarded among automotive enthusiasts, because it is very costly for a minimal weight differenc

Factory fitted body kits are now becoming more common, perhaps in response to the growth of the aftermarket tuning industry in the late nineties and onwards. Many manufacturers now work in-house with their motor sport divisions to develop styling upgrades.


At one point in time, everyone one of us has seen a lowered vehicle of some sort. Whether it’s a Honda Civic or a Lincoln Navigator, the uses and methods used to lower vehicles comes in a range of cheap to expensive and dangerous to safe. In this guide, I hope to explain some of the most common methods used and my opinion of them when car styling.

Let’s start with the basics. What is the point of the suspension? It’s not to make your butt feel nice. It’s basic use is to keep the friction of the tire on the road. Without keeping the tire in contact with the road, the car will just go in one direction. You won’t be able to turn because there won’t be anything pushing your car in any other direction. Given that basic fact, no matter what your reason is for lowering a car (looks, performance, etc), you must make sure to keep that basic idea in mind.

So now that you have that understanding, what are the components to lowering the car. There are three basic components: Springs, Shocks, Leaves, and Torsion Bars. Springs and shocks are used mostly on cars and light SUV’s. They can either be separated or come as one unit called a strut(which is very commonly used). A strut is nothing more than a shock pushed inside the spring. Leaves are usually used in the rear of heavy duty trucks and we won’t cover it as not many people actually lower heavy duty trucks as much. Torsion Bars too Aren’t as popular.

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