BODY KITS & CARBON FIBER
TEMPE, AZ | PHOENIX, AZ
Auto Body & Trim
Carbon Fiber Parts Installation
At Apex Customs, we offer a wide range auto body, trim, and Carbon Fiber installation services. From hoods and lids to spoilers, aftermarket seats, and body kits, our custom automotive team will help you transform your stock car, truck, or SUV to the ride of your dreams. The emphasis for every project we undertake is to provide you with the unique custom automotive look you've been dreaming of. We are automotive enthusiasts who understand how important your car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle is to you. Our goal is to help you create a ride that will be the envy of the automotive clubs and make your proud every time you hit the streets.
Unlike the competition, we're not just another body shop. We are a custom automotive shop that works exclusively to customize your car, truck, or SUV. Traditional paint and body shops make their money by doing insurance work to restore damaged cars to their factory specifications. They are assembly line workers who focus on pushing cars and trucks in and out of their shop to make a buck. Apex Customs is different, our exclusive focus is aftermarket parts installation and customization. We don't repair dents and dings with bondo and spray, we install carbon fiber hoods and doors and wrap them in industry leading vinyl wrap products to give your ride the custom look that will set you apart from the crowd.
Body & Parts Services
Body Kit Installation
Interior Parts Installation
Hoods, Trunks, & Lids
Spoilers & Diffusers
Carbon Fiber Parts
Trim & Panels
Apex Customs, offering full-service automotive body installation services for Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale and surrounding areas. Contact us today and tell us about your body kit, carbon fiber, or parts installation project and we’ll provide you a customized quote backed by the best customer service, quality of workmanship, and pricing in the auto body industry. To learn more about our approach to automotive customization, check out our about us page.
Auto Body Services
No custom automotive project is complete without an aftermarket auto body enhancement. Whether you're looking for some additional downforce from a trunk or chin spoiler or prefer a complete transformation with a full body kit, Apex Customs has the skills, tools, and expertise to professionally install and customize your ride. Here is a list of our most common auto body services:
What is Carbon Fiber?
Benefits of Carbon Fiber
Carbon Fiber is used in everything from 777 jumbo jets to backpacks these days thanks to its strength and weight saving properties.
Carbon fiber is a material made from carbon atoms which are bonded together to form a long chain. The fibers in carbon fiber are engineered to be light as well as extremely strong and stiff making them an excellent building material. There are a variety of materials used as building-blocks for carbon fiber including braids, yams, and weaves. These building blocks are used to create carbon fiber composite parts.
Carbon fiber is available in a variety of weaves with result in different properties for the final product. The weaves of carbon fibers provide the structure to the component like the steel frame in a commercial building. The carbon fibers are then suspended in a matrix to maintain their shape. The most common matrix used in carbon fiber is epoxy resin which is a plastic that has excellent compressive and sheer properties. The epoxy is low density making the material light, the fibers provide the reinforcement creating the perfect combination of strength and lightness.
Carbon fiber can be manufactured in a wide range of fabrication processes including resin transfer, wet-layup, insert molding, vacuum bagging, matched tooling, pultrusion and many other methods. Additionally, the type of fibers used and the pattern they are weaved in, can be tailored for specific properties.
Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Process
The process used in making carbon fibers is a combination of mechanical and chemical. The precursor epoxy resin in drawn into the carbon fibers and then heated to a very high temperate while preventing the materials from exposure to oxygen. Keeping oxygen out of the process prevents the fiber from getting burned while allowing the high temperature to accelerate the atoms in the fiber which vibrate violently while the non-carbon atoms are expelled. This process is referred to as carbonization, it creates a fiber which is composed of long, tightly-locked chains of atoms with only a few non-carbon atoms remaining.
Carbon fiber is the perfect material for automotive parts. It provides superior strength and low weight which is critical for automotive performance. Additionally, carbon fiber can be shaped to match any contour or shape which makes it an extremely flexible product for any automotive application. High-end race cars and supercars use carbon fiber in everything from car bodies to interior parts like seats and dashboards. The one downside of carbon fiber is the cost associated with the material and manufacturing process.
Common Carbon Fiber Upgrades
Spoilers & Splitters
Benefits of Carbon Fiber
Superior Stiffness and Strength
Superior Fatigue Properties
What is a Body Kit?
Body kits, also referred to as ground effects, are a popular automotive upgrade that not only enhance the style of your ride, they also provide some performance enhancements at the track. A body kit is essentially a set of modified parts which can be installed on a stock car, truck, or SUV. There is a wide selection of body kits that range from a few components to a complete vehicle lower body replacement. Most body kits are composed of front and rear bumpers, spoilers, and side skirts. Occasionally a body kit will also include roof scoops and rear side guards.
Body kit components are designed and manufactured so they complement each other to create a complete kit design which is where the word kit originates from. Many people choose to incorporate a mix and match approach for their upgrade where they choose different components they like best rather than purchasing a single kit from a manufacturer. At Apex Customs Phoenix, we can accommodate either approach by helping you source the best kit options for your vehicle so you can choose from a range of options.
Body Kit Design and Material
Body kit design is inspired by the look and functionality of the body panel refinements that are typically seen on race cars. The kits are generally manufactured from either polyurethane or fiberglass and in some cases carbon fiber. Fiberglass is the most common material due to its affordability and market availability. However, fiberglass is prone to cracking and damage upon impact so keep that in mind when comparing your ground effects options. Polyurethane is a good material for body kits due to its flexibility and higher resistance to damage. Carbon fiber is the superior material for body kit manufacturing however, it’s rare due to its cost.
Body Kit’s and Automotive Performance
Automotive enthusiasts are always looking for ways to boost performance and gain the edge at the track. Beyond the appearance improvements a body kit provides your ride, there are a few performance benefits to consider as well. Here are just a few of the performance gains a body kit will provide.