A lot of people choose to widen the body of a car to accommodate wider tires. There are also some that choose to widebody the vehicle to give it a better look. There are multiple ways in which you can widen the body of your car, but they have different prices, offer different overall modification qualities, and require fewer or more labor hours.
How Much Does It Cost to Widebody a Car?
The cost to widebody your car is anywhere between $300 and $2,000 or more, depending on several factors like the make and model of your car, whether you’re just aiming for a wider car body look or you also want to accommodate wider tires, whether you purchase a widebody kit or choose to create custom body pieces yourself, and whether you get a professional package from a body shop or you go on the easier route and just purchase a widebody kit.
Needing other related modifications will also increase the overall cost.
DIY Widebody Installation
The least expensive course will be the DIY Widebody process, although this will also be the most time-consuming way in which you can widebody the car.
Keep in mind that this project is pretty complex and you won’t be able to use the car while making these modifications on it. The internet is full of step-by-step guides and videos to guide you through the whole process so that you’re sure you’re doing the work correctly.
To help you with this modification, there are certain specialized tools, but bear in mind that they are rather expensive. Aside from your obvious, basic items like markers and measuring tape, you will also have to consider some of the following:
- Sandpaper: You can find it in several stores and is considered rather inexpensive. The most convenient option that is also pretty expensive, you can use an electric sander for the job.
- Resin: Getting resin costs about $15 per quart at stores like Home Depot.
- Rollers: Rollers can be bought in kits, with a kit costing anywhere between $7 and $30 on retail websites like Amazon.
- Automotive fiberglass: Retailers like Walmart sell this type of foam for around $1 or more per square foot, although you will probably find this foam at foam and plastic manufacturers as well.
- Foam: The cost of foam is all over the place. Websites like InterstatePlastics sell high-density urethane foam for anywhere between $116 and $125 depending on how many sheets you buy.
- Color-matched paint: When getting color-matched paint, the price will depend on factors like the finish, color, type, and so on. Auto body paint can be bought either from individual car part stores or from nationwide chains like AutoZone.
When cutting panels for the car widening process, you will also have to use a type of undercoating protector. If you fail to do this, you will probably have to deal with rust at some point.
Pre-Made Widebody Kits
It will usually take less work to create a widebody modification using a kit than doing it from scratch, although it will also be more expensive.
Widebody kits are especially good for more common car and truck models as quite a few retailers have them readily available. The prices will vary based on the make or model.
You can choose to only change specific parts like the splitters or the fenders, or you can go for a full kit, depending on the extent of the car modification you’re looking for.
You can find widebody kits at several online aftermarket auto parts retailers, including:
- Octane MotorSports: This retailer offers individual parts, as well as full kits, with prices between $400 and $5,000 or more. If you have a luxury car, you can end up paying as much as $9,000 for a kit.
- Clinched Flares: They offer full kits for just some car makes. Their prices are between $2,000 and $6,500.
- CariD: They offer cheaper kits, with prices between $250 and $3,000. If you have a luxury or racing car, then the kit will be closer to $6,000.
- BodyKits.com: Offers kits both for luxury and racing cars and normal cars, with prices between $300 and $20,000.
You will notice that pre-made kits are, in general, pretty easy to install. All you have to do is remove the factory fenders and/or bumper and then bolt the new body kit on the car. They are made to fit your car perfectly, as these kits are vehicle-specific, taking all of the guesswork away from the job.
All wide body kits come with instructions and you will probably find videos and forum discussions for any type of car kit, as many people probably have the same kit for their cars.
You should also know that it’s pretty hard to undo these modifications, as it involves a lot of drilling on the quarter panels and the fenders.
Rolling your car’s fenders outward is a simpler DIY project, recommended for beginners. This is an easier way of getting the car body to fit suspension modifications or larger wheels.
All you need is a fender roller tool and if you don’t have one, you will spend only about $60 to buy it. This isn’t a true widebody modification, but it will help you get an idea of how the car would look.
When you roll the car’s fenders, you will bend the existing body outward. This reforms the sheet metal around the fenders. If you don’t feel up to doing this, there are a lot of videos and tutorials online covering this process.
Although you will likely spend more when taking your car to a body shop than you would when doing the modification yourself or using a kit, this will also ensure a more professional, comprehensive, and high-quality work.
A shop will probably do the job faster than you would, depending on how much you want to modify your car. This means you will also be able to drive the car sooner.
The price you will pay will depend on factors such as the shop you go to, the extent of the modification, and the make and model of your car. You should be ready to pay $2,000 or more on a basic widebody modification at the highest standards, for a common type of vehicle.
When widening the car to prepare it for wider tiers, there are other modifications you will have to consider as well. These include adding the wheel spacers and adjusting the suspension.
If you don’t know how to do these modifications yourself, then you will have to ask for the help of a professional, but this will, either way, add to the overall cost of the widebody modification.
Reversing the Wide Body Kit Installation
Considering that the modification will involve drilling into the panels and cutting parts open, it will be expensive and difficult to reverse the process.
You should also consider that widebodying a new car will decrease its market value and make it harder for you to sell it in the future.