Frequently Asked Questions
Body Kits and Components
Where are Racing Beat body components designed and manufactured?
All of the Racing Beat components are manufactured in the United States. Over the years we have used a variety of sources to assist us with the various designs of our products. We typically design and model the original prototype units in-house using concept drawings from noted automotive designers.
Why do you use fiberglass, and not urethane?
We have used fiberglass for many years with great success! Yes, fiberglass may be more "fragile" as compared to urethane, particularly for a nose kit, but this has not seemed to be an issue with our customers over the years. Racing Beat nose kits are designed with adequate ground clearance in mind in order to minimize contact and potential damage. If the car is "lowered", extra care and consideration should be given when navigating driveways, bumps, etc... Although we have considered using urethane, the high cost of tooling makes this process impractical for low volume, specialty production.
Can I order my body component painted to match my car?
We strongly suggest that ALL body parts be fitted to your car prior to painting. Fitment issues must be addressed during the fitting stage, NOT after the part has been painted. It is common that a small amount of detail sanding, and or filling is required to custom fit each component to your unique chassis. Once this fitting is accomplished, painting can be undertaken. Take note, a "painted" item cannot be returned to Racing Beat in the event of a problem. If a problem should arise that requires the part to be returned to Racing Beat for warranty consideration, an "unpainted" part will be sent as a replacement.
Color matching can be a difficult and challenging task. By allowing your auto body paint shop to blend the color of your car, you are assured of an "exact " color match. With exposure to the sun and elements, color matching a body component to an older car becomes even more difficult, making the skills of a qualified paint shop even more critical.
Do the Racing Beat parts require any special parts or skills to install?
Parts such as wings are relatively easy to install and can be installed if you are comfortable using a power drill and handtools. We typically provide either a template or drilling guides to assist with the alignment and drilling. Side skirts and fairings require special fitting to assure an integrated appearance and require a greater level of skill to install. Some people take the extra steps of using body filler to blend the side sills into the car to provide a completely seamless look. Nose kits and bumpers may seem imposing, but they can be relatively easy to remove and install. These parts require removal of factory installed mounting brackets, and reinstallation on the new nose or bumper. Racing Beat components use the factory mounting points to firmly attach your new part to the car. We suggest you obtain a copy of the Mazda workshop manual, an aftermarket manual, or consult with an auto body/paint shop in order to determine the level of complexity of your specific project.
How much will it cost to ship my parts?
It depends on the shipping location, we suggest you contact us for an exact freight quote. Although body components are relatively lightweight, they require VERY large boxes and must be shipped as dimensional weight by truck freight. For this reason, we suggest maximizing your shipment and combine as many body components in the box as possible! If you are purchasing a nose kit, it might make sense to include a set of side skirts or a wing at the same time, the shipping costs will not increase significantly for these additional components
Truck freight can be used for delivery to the continental US and Canada. For delivery to addresses outside the continental United States, contact us for alternate delivery methods and freight quotes.
Can I have the parts shipped to my body shop?
If payment for your order is being made by credit card, then Racing Beat MUST ship the parts to the BILLING address for the credit card that is used. If you would like the parts to be shipped to your body shop, you can deliver them personally, or arrange to have the parts purchased by your body shop for direct delivery. Typically, body shops are to willing to purchase these parts for direct delivery; ask your body shop to contact Racing Beat for pricing and delivery.
Why doesn't Racing Beat offer components for older RX-7s?
Due to increasingly fewer of number of older cars, it is not practical to design new components for these older applications. Due to the high cost of modeling and tooling for each part, it is unlikely that you will find many manufacturers that will consider new parts for these older applications. Adding misery to the situation is the fact that when many of the current production molds are worn out and no longer usable, a manufacturer may not elect to remake the mold. At this point, the life cycle of this part has been completed. So, if you see a part you like... grab it while you can!
If you have any questions, please contact us at 714-779-8677 (M-F 8am-5pm)