I think in the tuner world we can all call the S13 a classic car. Although it isn’t all too old, there is no denying it is a staple in the sport compact world. Combining great looks with almost infinite mod capabilities, and the popularity of drifting, it is easy to see why it has become so popular. Many know that I have never been a fan of body kits, but like many things body kits are coming back in a huge way. But now it isn’t about gaudy and ridiculous kits that completely ruin the lines of the car. Now, we are seeing a ton of kits that accentuate and complement OEM lines. A kit I have fallen in love with is the Spirit Rei 180sx kit. It seems to give the car sleeker, moderns line while still keeping a very classic and aggressive looks. It is definitely at the top of my list of favorite 180sx kits. Mated with a set of beautiful Work Meister’s, set in a classic red on silver combo and you’ve got a winner all around. I have some serious amounts of want for this thangggg.
Well not exactly. But then again…This is the type of car that stands out SO much, but ask a random onlooker and they couldn’t tell what was done to make it SO outstanding. It looks stock, but then it doesn’t. That’s whats great with OEM+. A car keeps it’s awesome factory lines and still manages to stand out. What this car is rocking are some over-fenders, some lovely rolled front fenders, and a set of Works that fill those fenders perfectly. This car wouldn’t have the same effect is it was rocking a full on body kit. It’s just a different look, and shows that with the right combination, you don’t need much to build a show stopper.
Sometimes, heck I’ll just say it, most of the time when you used to throw a “body kit” on a car it ruined it. It think it’s a completely different story now. Since visually pleasing cars became so popular, more and more creators of these body kits have been making better looking kits. Kits that complement original body lines, not try and create new one’s. That being said, you can still over-do a car, so you do need some skill and a trained eye to make something beautiful. I found some shots of this RX-7 and thought it was a great example of a subtle and great execution of a proper “kit”. I absolutely love when all of these aftermarket parts are put together to make something gorgeous.
I love when aftermarket company’s come out with “body kits” that make the oem lines more aggressive. I never saw a need to change the way a car looked out the factory until it accentuates the lines that are already there. The R34 below is a perfect example of this. It’s very aggressive but not over the top. Not too sure if I like the wheels but it’s a great looking car regardless.