Body -Side moulding


#1

Whatever happened to body-side moulding. I always thought it was a good idea,but many new cars not only dont come with it,but it is not offered as an accessory. Any place you can still buy it?


#2

Aftermarket moldings are definitely available. The possible problems include the fact that aftermarket products of this type are rarely as high a quality as original equipment. After a few years, they typically fade or change color, and look somewhat bizarre in many cases.

Also, if the installer is not particularly skilled, you can wind up with body-side moldings that are not aligned properly. If you want to see examples of this, you can usually see several in your nearest Wal-Mart parking lot.

While I also like body-side molding on my cars, I would avoid after-market products, due to the problems that I have observed with them.


#3

What happened to it is it interferes with teh sleek new styling. You can buy it as an aftermarket application at any parts store.

I suggest that if you do get it you run a strip of masking tape just above or below where you’d like the molding and use that as an application guide, making adjustments as needed. If you don’t you’re almost guaranteed a wobbly molding.


#4

Check with your dealer-bet they have it. For our Acura its available for a couple hundred. Same as door edge guards and 15 other over-priced but necessary options.