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Body styling is how a vehicle appears and performs. Expensive high performance vehicles are not super low to the ground and have exotic body styling for nothing. These exotic designed cars are made so that the most down force can be achieved when making turns and approaching top speed. Since many people soup up their engines so that they can go faster, changing the body styling to accommodate these engine changes only seems necessary in both a safety and performance aspect. In the end, body styling is just as important as engine tuning when looking to achieve top performance out of a vehicle.

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Air Dam / Front Valance / Spoiler

A front valance, air dam, and spoiler are all components that can be attached below the vehicles front bumper to provide better performance and increased looks. These components are all commonly used on sportier cars because they give the vehicle a meaner look without having to completely redo the vehicles body styling. Since these pieces are supported under the bumper, they lower the clearance of the front of the vehicle which is the main reason why they are not very common in everyday vehicles that are constantly going over large bumps and parking in front of high curbs. Continue Reading -->

Air Dam / Front Valance / Spoiler
Air Dam / Front Valance / Spoiler

Body Styling Scoops

Body styling scoops are commonly found on sportier cars because they can be used to increase a vehicles performance or looks. These scoops are usually placed on the side of the car or on the roof since there in normally already a hood scoop and other scoops that are built into the front end. Many of these high performance vehicles use the air flow from the scoop to cool components such as the engine and breaks. Air can be sent across the entire vehicle through tubes which will direct the cool air on the desired component that needs it. Continue Reading -->

Body Styling Scoops
Body Styling Scoops


Body Trim Molding

Body trim molding is a strip of material that runs the length of the vehicle to increase looks and prevent dings and scratches on the paint. This molding is usually made out of a strong plastic that matches many of the other plastic components on the vehicle. There are some aftermarket metal moldings that are available and these are finished in something like chrome to really add some eye appeal to the vehicle. This aftermarket trim can be cut to side and applied with a light adhesive that won’t damage the vehicles paint. The main purpose of adding body trim is to protect the panels from any damage that may occur if the door is opened into a pole, or if another door is swung open into the side of the car. To provide maximum protect for the entire door, the trim should be ran directly down the center of the door so that it will deflect any flat surface that it comes in contact with. Continue Reading -->

Body Trim Molding
Body Trim Molding

Fender Flares

A fender flare is an accessory that can be attached to a vehicles fender to prevent rocks and dirt from kicking up and hitting the side of the vehicle. These flares are also commonly used when a vehicle with a regular fender is using big tires so that the tires don’t stick out over past the rest of the vehicles body. It is used in this situation because it is also a way for manufactures to reduce production costs by not having to make different fenders for their vehicles that use larger tires. Many trucks will also develop rust on the inside of the fender and using a few of these flares is a good way to hide that while improving the looks of the truck at the same time. Continue Reading -->

Fender Flares
Fender Flares

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Hood Scoops

A hood scoop is an opening in the hood which directs air into the engine compartment. This opening is typically shaped as a scoop so that the air is effectively channeled towards the engine. Most modern cars get air from under the front bumper were it is ran through a series of tubing that can cause the air to get up to 50 degrees warmer than the ambient temperature. This warmer air is less dense which means that it will make the engine create less power. Using a hood scoop will cool this air before it is injected into the engine which will increase performance. Some well designed hood scoops will increase the speed and pressure of the air that enters the engine's intake, creating a resonance supercharging effect. This effect is known as ram air and it is only noticeable at very high speeds, which is why it is primarily useful in racing and not ever day vehicles. Continue Reading -->

Hood Scoops
Hood Scoops

Hoods - Fiberglass

Fiberglass hoods are used on high performance vehicles because they weigh less and are less resistant to bending or denting in harsh conditions. Since these hoods are made out of fiberglass, they can weight almost a fraction of what a standard steel hood would. This makes these hoods very desirable on vehicles centered around performance because a lighter vehicle will have increased handling as well as faster acceleration. Continue Reading -->

Hoods - Fiberglass
Hoods - Fiberglass

Hoods - Steel

Steel is the most common material used to make hoods on cars. It has seen widespread use when building hoods because it is strong, easy to shape, and cost affective to produce. There is a wide variety of different steel hoods available on the market. These different hoods come in many shapes and sizes to fit any type of vehicle. Many of the steel hoods that are centered on sleek looks and performance will have a built in hood scoop to provide better air flow in the engine compartment. These scoops are very difficult to position correctly and install which makes buying a new hood with one pre-installed a viable option that should be considered before cutting holes in the vehicle original hood. Steel hoods are held in place with mounts that are located in the engine compartment. Since steel hoods are heavier than most other types of hoods, the standard mounting brackets should be enough to hold it in place in most vehicles. Continue Reading -->

Hoods - Steel
Hoods - Steel

Rear Spoiler / Wing

A rear spoiler is used on sporty cars because it improves the vehicles handling as well as increase the cars looks. The rear spoiler is commonly located on the trunk or on some other component near the rear of the vehicle. The purpose of having a rear spoiler is to provide downward force on the back of the vehicle so that traction is increased. To do this, the shape and size of the spoiler has to be perfectly matched for the type of driving conditions the vehicle will likely encounter. For example, a race car that will mainly be subjected to high speed straight lines will need a much small spoiler than a race car that encounters allot of high speed turns on a short track. It is important to get the right size spoiler for your vehicles application because too big of a spoiler can actual hinder performance in some situations. Continue Reading -->

Rear Spoiler / Wing
Rear Spoiler / Wing

Rear Valance

The rear valance is a panel that is located on the rear of a vehicle to hide and protect structural components and details. This panel is more important than the front valance because the rear tires are more likely to kick up mud and other debris that can damage internal structural components. The rear valance is located in the bottom corner of the rear fenders and it extends below the back bumper. How much a rear valance will stick out on a car will depend on the vehicles features and year produced. Many modern cars have begun using the rear valance to enhance the vehicles looks instead of just using it to protect structural components. Continue Reading -->

 Rear Valance
Rear Valance

Roll Pans

A roll pan is a component that can be used on the back of a vehicle to provide smoother lines around the back bumper. The roll pan is used to eliminate any protruding portions of the vehicles original bumper. Roll pans are most commonly used on trucks and other larger vehicles because they stick up higher off the ground which makes the bumper much more noticeable. Trucks are also more likely to have larger bumpers so that strap or towing balls can be easily attached to it. Continue Reading -->

Roll Pans
Roll Pans

Truck Cab Fairing

A truck cab fairing is a component that attaches behind the cap on top of the bed rails. There are many different cab fairings that come in a variety of different shapes and sizes depending on what the truck is used for. Trucks that do long distance driving will likely want a cab fairing that extends out past the back cab window to provide more shade when driving in the sun. This type of cab fairing may also make the truck more aerodynamic which can be a large fuel saver when driving on long trips. Many of the modern can fairings consist of large metal bars which provide a roll cage appearance on the back of the cab. These bars provide added safety for passengers in the cab in the event of a rollover but there mainly used to mount light or other accessories behind the cab. Mounting things like aftermarket lights on a cab fairing will eliminate the need to drill into the roof of the cab to secure lights or run wires. Almost all cab fairings are designed to not get in the way of any tonneau covers which may be used on the bed of the truck. Continue Reading -->

Truck Cab Fairing
Truck Cab Fairing

Truck Spoiler

Truck spoilers are used on the rear of a truck to enhance performance and increase the vehicles look. Even though spoilers are thought to only be car accessories, a truck benefits from it just as much because of the way a truck cuts through the air. The job of a spoiler is to stabilize turbulent air that is flowing over the vehicle to provide better handling. Since trucks are large and tend to be less aerodynamic than most cars, a spoiler actually will benefit most trucks more than it would a car because the box shape of most trucks creates more turbulence. Continue Reading -->

Truck Spoiler
Truck Spoiler


Gap Guards

A gap guard is used in a wheel well the cover up the gap created when the body is lifted higher off the chassis. Using a guard will fix that unsightly undercarriage that you will get a glimpse of every time you walk by your lifted truck. Besides making the truck look better, the gap guard will also prevent dirt and rocks from being kicked up under the truck which can damage some of the delicate components that are housed under there. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Gap Guards
Vehicle Gap Guards


Hood Cowls

A hood cowl is a hood on a vehicle that is modified with one or more air scoops, either protruding from, or integrated into the hood. A hood cowl allows air to be forced quickly and directly into the air inducers and, in turn, into the combustion chambers. This process of forcing air into the engine through holes in the hood is often known as cowl induction. The air is mixed with fuel in the engine’s combustion chamber before it is ignited to create an explosion which pushes the piston back down in the cylinder. When allot of air is introduced into the engine, the explosion that occurs will be bigger which will therefore mean that more power is being produced. Low amounts of air making its way into the combustion chamber can cause the engine to run rich. A rich running engine will be very inefficient and can even stall if the engine becomes flooded. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Hood Cowls
Vehicle Hood Cowls


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