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August/September 2013 Initial Timing - Body Building

Charles Trieu
Sep 25, 2013

Over the years, there's been a lot of different aero trends. We all remember the days of scary body kits and insane antler-style wings. Thankfully, those days are over. After that era, everyone was pretty sick and tired of body kits, and everyone just preferred OEM JDM front ends and body parts. Simple bodies were the choice of everyone, especially the Honda folk, the most critical of all enthusiasts (trust me, I was a Honda guy for a long time). But now that everything has simmered down we've made that fine line for aero kits, whether it be purely for aesthetics or performance driven.

If you check out Jose Ayala's Acura RSX you'll see a simple lip kit being used-simple, clean, and almost factory looking with the way it goes with the shape of the car. While on the other end of the spectrum you have Noel Barnum's Scion FR-S fitted with the infamous Rocket Bunny fender flares and topped off with the Vertex lip kit.

Going full-on extreme, you have Elmer Lee's 240SX on our cover this month. This S14 rocks the BN Sports Blister body kit. This isn't the typical BN Sports body kit; it's the Blister version. And this is a true widebody kit, not just some bolt-on flares. For the last couple of decades the Blister line of BN Sports has always been the wildest body kits on the market, yet, at the same time, the kit doesn't have any vents or crazy stuff you'd see from 15 years ago. It's clean and simply accentuates the factory body lines. The only noticeable parts of the kit that indicate it's widened are just around the lights and where the fenders meet the doors. It's so rare to see any BN Sports stuff here, let alone the Blister stuff. We've come a long way with dressing up our cars, and I think we've finally gotten to a good place.

Charles Trieu
Editor for feature cars for aspiring models

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