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- Top Upgrades & Modifications for Off-Roading
At FlexBilt Customs, we work hard to make sure that we are in the know regarding every possible upgrade and modification for your Jeep, truck, or SUV. Whether you want to meanest and toughest looking 4x4 or just want a sharp looking SUV with a few tasteful additions, finding the right custom shop for you should be your first priority. The following are some of the more popular general upgrades and modifications that custom shop do all over the country every week. If you currently own an off-road vehicle and are interested in ways it can be modified for safer, sturdier off-roading, most custom shops can modify your vehicle for better 4x4 performance. At FlexBilt, a lot of our customers bring us their Jeeps, trucks, FJ Cruisers, Buggies, and more to have them fitted for a number of 4X4 mods. Shock Upgrades and Modifications - Stock shocks from the manufacturer are usually not designed for much more than a measly dirt road - even in off-roading vehicles like trucks and Jeeps. Over-used shocks develop a foamy oil due to heat build up. This causes your shocks to lose their dampening strength. You’ll need to replace your shocks if you decide to increase your wheel size as well. Most stock shocks are designed to work with factory-sized tires. A lot of people buy bigger wheels and tires but never think about Exhaust Upgrades and Modifications - For 4x4 activities and off-roading, your exhaust needs to be up to par. Factory exhausts are designed with noise control in mind over efficiency. An aftermarket exhaust will provide the air flow your engine needs to reduce back-pressure and turbulence. It is suggested you take your vehicle to a performance exhaust shop to optimize both performance and sound. Tire Upgrades and Modifications - Stock tires on off-road vehicles can be vastly improved with a set of more aggressive tires. Increasing the width, tread, and height of your tire will increase your footprint for better traction and 4x4 capabilities. From 35" tires to over 40" tires, there is a lot to choose from on the market today. Intake Upgrades and Modifications - Taking your vehicle off road requires modifications to your intake system. A standard intake and filter will not be enough to stand up to the dirt and debris your engine needs. Without the clean air necessary for combustion, you’re going to experience serious problems with your engine. Suspension Upgrades and Modifications - Everyone knows that ground clearance is vital to rock crawling and off-roading. Without sufficient ground clearance, you risk serious damage to your undercarriage. Modifying your suspension will permit you to have larger tires, more ground clearance, less probability of getting stuck, and more fun. Traction Upgrades and Modifications - Install a locking or limited-slip differential to improve your rigs grip and movability. This will help prevent instances where your vehicle is stuck because not enough wheels are touching the ground. Digital Upgrades and Modifications - Newer 4x4 vehicles come with an ECU (engine control unit) programmed with factory settings. Modifying this system can generate more power from your engine by altering top speed settings and rev limits. Braking Power Upgrades and Modifications - Your brakes are a vital upgrade, especially if you’re crawling over large objects and going high speeds through dirt and mud. Standard brakes from the factory are not designed with modifications in mind. If making other modifications to your truck or Jeep, you’ll be changing the weight and likely the tire size. These factors should be taken into consideration when modifying your brakes. Lighting Upgrades and Modifications - Giving yourself every advantage when it comes to your line of sight is huge when you’re navigating rocky terrain. Upgrade your rig with additional lighting for maximized visibility at night.
- The Right Auto Paint for Your Custom Truck or Jeep
Getting a new paint job on your favorite truck, Jeep, or SUV can be exciting. Deciding on a color is important, but equally important is the type of paint and finish for your color. There are several steps involved in painting a vehicle. Most average to high-end paint jobs consist of four layers: e-coat, primer or filler, basecoat, and clear coat. A topcoat refers to the combined layers of basecoat and clear coat. Some of your cheaper paint job will use 2-stage - primer and a top-coat (base & clear). The e-coat is about 17-22 um thick and is primarily for corrosion resistance and paint adhesion. The primer coat is 30-35 um thick and serves for UV radiation resistance, anti-chipping, and providing a smooth surface for the basecoat. The basecoat is the color layer and is typically 10-20 um thick. This layer provides the visual appeal. Finally, the clearcoat layer is 30-50 um thick, is transparent and prolongs the lifespan of the layers below it. Types of Paint When most people think of painting a vehicle, they are thinking of the color layer which is technically just one layer of a paint job. The color layer is called the Base Coat. Base coats contain the color, but they do not have any hardeners or strengtheners. This layer won’t protect the metal or the primer level. There are several different types of Base Coat to consider. Automotive paint resins are usually one of three chemical compounds: lacquer, enamel, or urethane. Urethane Most new cars are painted with urethane and most collision repair shops use urethane paints to repair damage, so it is a practical and popular option. Urethane auto paint generally lasts longer than other options. It is highly resistant to chips and can resist fading for up to 10 years. You can paint over a previous paint job without too much prep work. Urethane auto paint dries quickly and is less likely to run during application. It also provides some level of protection to the metal surface and primer layer. Urethane car paint is more expensive than other options (like enamel). Urethane is a good alternative to lacquer. Be sure to think about the future though because lacquer cannot be applied over urethane on future paint jobs. Urethane is more difficult to handle than enamel, so it is not a good option if you plan to do the application yourself. There is a form of urethane paint called “aliphatic polyurethane” that is illegal in some states. Acrylic enamel is a softer resin than urethane. Enamels are usually less expensive than urethane, and dry to a glossy finish. It forms a hard, strong shell over the whole vehicle. There are two kinds of enamel paint: single-stage and two-stage. The single-stage enamel paint has the basecoat and the clearcoat mixed together so that you only have to apply a single layer of paint. The two-stage enamel requires the basecoat to be applied first, followed by the clearcoat after the basecoat dries. Acrylic enamel auto paint can be very hard to apply, so it is not a good choice for doing it yourself. A professional shop, like FlexBilt Customs, will have the proper equipment to “bake” the paint onto the auto, giving it a longer life. Acrylic Lacquer was the very first auto paint and the only option for some time. Acrylic lacquer auto paints are the easiest to apply, they dry smooth, and have a high gloss finish. The paint is generally a high viscosity and mixed with a thinner for application. Many more coats are needed to cover the vehicle because of this dilution. However, these paints fade quickly, especially when exposed to UV rays. Acrylic lacquer paint is illegal spray in some states because it has negative effects on the environment. Lacquer paint becomes brittle with age and will crack and become chalky. Waxing and buffing regularly can lengthen the life span. Lacquer paints dry by evaporation, not by chemically bonding to the vehicle’s surface. The liquid portion evaporates, leaving a tinted resin layer as the color layer. If you are restoring an antique or classic car, using an acrylic lacquer may be important. It provides the highest shine of any paint option. It is authentic to the auto’s origin. Most classic or antique cars are not used as daily drivers, so using this paint on a stored auto is a good option. Acrylic Urethane paint is a newer option in auto paint. It lasts a long time (like enamel) and is easy to apply (like lacquer) without being illegal to use. Acrylic urethane uses a catalyst to promote fast drying, and has to be used shortly after it is mixed. Auto Paint Finishes Auto paints have finish options. This is a protective coating applied after the color layer has dried. The most common, and least expensive, option is a plain, solid paint. It is relatively inexpensive, easier to apply, and repairs or touch ups are simple. Nearly all stock autos come with solid paint. Solid paints work well on a vehicle that has great form or lines because the paint won’t detract from the body style. It can also be jazzed up with good choices of accessories or trim options. Solid paint coats are usually covered in a protective lacquer coat called a “clear coat”. Metallic paint gives a subtle, eye-catching sparkle. Aluminum powder in the metallic auto paint catches sunlight for a beautiful, sparkling shine. This dynamic finish will help cover up dings or small scratches. It tends to be more expensive, and it can be difficult to match later. Metallic paints have a more limited color palette, so you may not be able to find exactly what you want in a metallic auto paint. However, the range of colors is much better than it used to be. Pearlescent paints are similar to metallic, but the aluminum powder is replaced with ceramic (mica) crystals. These ceramic crystals reflect and refract light, giving the illusion of more depth and color. It creates a dazzling, subtly colorful look that changes with light and direction. As with metallic paint, it can be very difficult (if not impossible) to match in the future. Pearlescent color palettes are limited in options too. Matte Paint is the latest hot item. They are more expensive, and the maintenance is much more difficult. The matte finish is achieved by using a primer coat or other agents in the clear coat. The effect is a velvety, satin or silk finish. The look is reminiscent of the old hotrod or muscle cars that were driven around between paint jobs. Most paint repair and maintenance tools are for gloss paint. Products and equipment used to buff out scratches or detail a car may leave glossy areas on the matte finish. Carbon fiber, or bare carbon fiber, finishes are at the very high end of paint jobs for autos. Most carbon fiber on large areas of the vehicle are wraps. However, many smaller accert pieces of the vehicle may be made from actual carbon fiber, which is known for its extreme lightweight and durability/strength. Clear Coat is actually a type of auto paint without pigment. The purpose of clear coat is to protect the pigment layer, primer layer, and metal. Clear Coat finished usually have specialized chemicals that provide easy adherence to the flexible components, like a plastic bumper. The clear coat layer also has UV inhibitors to prevent ultraviolet rays from fading the vehicle’s color layer. Other Considerations – Preparation is Critical Even a basic paint job is not inexpensive. There are several other things to consider when taking on the project of painting a vehicle. Preparing the vehicle to receive paint must be done correctly if the finished product is going to look good and last a long time. Decide the extent you would like damage (such as scratches, dents, gouges, rust spots or rock chips) repaired. Some are easier to repair than others, and all require labor and materials. After any repairs are done to the surface of the vehicle, a primer layer is applied. It is usually a shade of grey or black. Primers help the paint adhere to the surface of the vehicle better, and they can even out tiny imperfections. Primers prevent moisture from reaching the base metal which will cause rust or oxidation. Primers are porous and require sanding between coats so the final paint will adhere smoothly. Determine if the company performing your paint job will remove parts prior to painting, or just tape off parts. The best way (and at FlexBilt, the only way) is to remove any part that is not receiving the new paint application. We have outlined the different types of paint in this article, but there are different price points within those categories. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Make sure you understand the expected life span of the paint you select for your vehicle paint job. Application Method Syphon spray guns used to be the application method for painting vehicles. They were used with lacquer paint, and syphoned the paint from the bottom of a bottle attached to the spray gun. These are no longer used because they required 45 to 70 psi but only delivered about 40% of the paint to the surface of the vehicle. Now days, a high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) spray gun is used. These feature a tank on top of the spray gun which gravity feeds paint into the nozzle. These HVLP spray guns deliver about 80% of the paint and only require 10 psi to operate. Painting cars, trucks, and Jeeps has gotten more technical than ever. There are many considerations to research, and more options available to create a unique finished product. Understanding the process and paint options helps you make a better decision on your paint job. Be sure to consult with an experienced company, like FlexBilt Customs, to ensure you are happy with your newly painted vehicle!
- Best Upgrades for your Jeep Wrangler
Jeeps are more popular than ever, and Jeep owners love to personalize them. There are a lot of Jeep Wrangler owners due to both the overall style, functionality, and off-road dependability. Choosing the right upgrades to match your off-road expectations can prove to be a challenge based on the hundreds, if not thousands, of options from so many different brands. Upgrades can be functional or just aesthetic. We will cover some of the most popular Jeep Wrangler upgrades for both the outside and inside of your Jeep. Exterior customizations of Jeeps are a great place to start. They can be functional and help your ride stand out right away. Tires Depending on where your Jeep will spend most of its miles, Jeep tires are a fantastic and popular upgrade for your Jeep. The largest tire a stock Jeep can take is 33”, but adding a lift to your Jeep will increase the size tire it can take. We have several articles that go into great depth on tires, so be sure to check out that information. Another thing to consider is the terrain you will encounter when you leave pavement. Tires are specific to terrain, with different tread and construction for all-terrain tires, mud-terrain tires, winter tires, sand tires, or rock tires. Wheels Custom wheels are the most popular upgrade for a Jeep Wrangler. A good combination of tires and rims will enhance the performance and looks of a Jeep right away. Be sure to get the correct bolt pattern for your year of Jeep – Jeep changes bolt patterns. The Jeep website has a fitment calculator that is helpful. Many people ask if they need Beadlock Wheels, and they are a little complex to understand. Beadlock Wheels A beadlock wheel has a mechanical device (called a beadlock ring) that secures the bead of the tire against the inside of the wheel rim. Regular street tires don’t need this configuration, because the inflated tire pressure is enough to prevent the tire and wheel rim from slipping. In off-road applications, it is common to deflate tires in order to gain traction over rocky terrain. Anything more than minor deflation could cause a regular tire and rim to slip. Outfitting your Jeep with beadlock tires allows for more off-road adventures where decreased tire pressure is a must. Some of the drawbacks to beadlock wheels is that each wheel is heavier. Beadlocks may not be legal for regular street use. Because the beadlocks are attached using bolts, any bolt failure can risk breaking the beadlock ring, which in essence results in blow out. There are DOT- approved beadlock wheels and using these will prevent this liability. Beadlock wheels are more expensive to purchase and install. Finally, most tire shops do not mount beadlock wheels due to the liability associated with them, so if you want beadlock wheels for your Jeep makeover, plan on installing them yourself. Fender Flares Fender Flares have both an aesthetic and utilitarian purpose. They look very cool, but their main purpose is to protect your jeep from rocks, abrasion, and debris during off-road adventures. Flares can finish off the look of a jeep that has been cut to fit larger tires. If your Jeep has tires that stick out past the body, flares or mud flaps are required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency. After market fender flares come in a wide variety of materials and styles. Be sure your choice will cover the tire so your Jeep is street-legal. Off-road Lighting The options and selection of after market Jeep Wrangler off-road lighting is vast! From spot lights to light bars, there is every conceivable variation available. If you are looking for lights that will actually be used, be sure you have all of the “lighting zones” covered. Most people have heard of fog lights and spot lights, but for Jeep owners, rock lights, cargo lights, LED reverse lights, and underbody lights are very popular. It doesn’t necessarily take a large number of lights to add a great look or functionality to your Jeep either. LED lights add a great deal of illumination with a small light. The size, shape, and other features of the lamp determines where and how a light should be used on your jeep. Another consideration for your aftermarket Jeep lights is their ability to perform in different environments. If you will be in a lot of water, you need a waterproof light. The same scenario applies for lighting that will be in extremely dusty conditions (like Baja racing, or desert environments). Bumpers Due to the wide variety of options in Jeep bumpers, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Jeeps come with a front factory bumper that is an aluminum plate over factory rails, with plastic end caps, weighting about 27 lbs. The factory rear bumper is plastic with metal mounting plates and weighs about 15 lbs. These factory bumpers offer very little protection and no strength to mount other accessories. Depending on the fuel economy and use, consider if you need a lighter (aluminum) bumper, or heavier weight for mounting. Jeep bumpers typically fall into two categories: winching and non-winching. Mounting the bumpers is critical because it will affect your “off-road angles”. The off-road angles are 1. Approach 2. Breakover 3. Departure. The approach and departure angles are affected by the bumper style and mounting. The further out the bumper protrudes, the less angle you can handle in off-roading (unless you lift the Jeep). Rear bumpers affect the departure angle and also come with many options. Features include spare tire racks, D-ring hooks, and hitch receivers. Grill Inserts Grill inserts for the front grill of Jeeps are very popular and come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Budget friendly, they are easy to install and give your Jeep an immediate custom look. Jeep Wranglers come with a factory grill that has 7 slots. Some people think the 7-slot grill signifies Jeep as being the first vehicle driven on all 7 continents. After market grills come in many slot formations. Jeep Tops A fun aspect of Jeep Wrangles is that the top of the vehicle can be changed out. All Jeep Wranglers have removable tops. Options for Jeep tops include hard top, soft top, and bikini top. Jeep hard tops are durable, provide excellent insulation, and come in 1-piece or 2-piece versions. It takes at least 2 people to move a hard top, so keep that in mind if you plan to change tops often. Jeep soft tops are made of tough materials and come with options such as sunroofs, storage pockets, and interchangeable materials. They can be installed or uninstalled by one person, and are lightweight for storage. Soft tops can distort in extreme temperatures and over time because they are just not as durable as a hard top. It is important to scrutinize how each soft top attaches to the Jeep frame to ensure all the critical attachment points line up properly. Bikini tops just cover the top of the Jeep, leaving the sides and back open. It is a fun option for a day at the beach or summer driving, but offers no protection for any serious off-roading. Skid Plates Skid Plates for Jeeps are thick, sturdy metal pieces that bold (or weld) onto the underside of the Jeep to protect the drive train, shock mount, gas tank, oil pan, or other critical components of the vehicle. While you can’t enjoy the look of skid plates, they are vital equipment for any Jeep that is going to be off-roading. Factory Jeeps come with skid plates that protect most of the Jeep parts for mild off-road adventures. These skid plates are engineered to decrease heat building up and are generally lighter weight than after market skid plates. They don’t protect the oil pan well and prevent you from fully enjoying the Jeep in off road adventures because the protection is limited. Aftermarket skid plates come in aluminum, steel, and a combination of the two. An installer like FlexBilt Customs can help you choose what is right for your specific Jeep and budget. Winches A winch mounted on the front of your Jeep is very useful for off-road adventures. The primary use is to pull yourself out of a jam, or help pull a friend out of a tight spot. Winches come in electric and hydraulic. Different capacity winches are available and is referenced as the “rated line pull”. It is generally recommended to add 30% to the working GVW. (for a Jeep with GVW of 6,700, you would want a winch with 8,000 lb of working load capacity). Winches come with different lengths of line. These different lengths have positive and negative aspects, but a good compromise for most applications is 100 feet on the drum and a 50 foot extension packed with your off-road tools. Winch ropes come in wire and synthetic rope, each having positives and negatives. All of these factors, plus many more, determine if your selected winch will perform best when you need it most. If your Jeep has a winch already, thoroughly understand its capabilities before you are in a situation your winch isn’t suited to handle. Jeeps are fun, practical, and hard-working off-road vehicles. The options to upgrade and customize Jeeps are endless. When you are considering any of these upgrades for your Jeep, thoroughly research the options, positives and negatives associated with each of these systems. All of these components can be added, subtracted, and substituted based on your particular needs. Fortunately for Jeep owners, there are more options available than ever before! FlexBilt Customs can help you understand your choices and put together a comprehensive plan for modifying your Jeep!
- Custom Shop for Trucks & Jeeps
Paint & Body FlexBilt Customs, at their Opelika main facility, offers paint & body work on all kinds of vehicles. From trucks to Jeeps to SUV's, the FlexBilt paint booth is 29 feet long x 14 feet wide, and just over 10 feet high! Unfortunately, we do NOT take insurance claims. However, we love working on someone's favorite classic, truck or Jeep, or just a vehicle that's been in your family for a long time. We love making what you love shine and back to its justified look! We can pull dents, fix rust areas, and even spot paint certain vehicles. We look forward to working with you and surpassing your expectations. PAINT FAQ's Body Work Fleet Services Terms & Warranty "A" Paint Job Our "A" Paint Job is our most popular option. Includes color change option, two-tone, and specialty paint options. Includes prep, extensive cleaning, four-stage sanding, primer, wet-sand primer, base coat, and two coats of high-end clear coat. "A" Paint Jobs range from $9,000 to $25,000 depending on paint and details. "B" Paint Job Our "B" level Paint Job includes more details on the prep side. "B" paint jobs use a two-stage base coat-clear coat. Two tone base paint allowed. Thorough prep, cleaning, primer/sealer, base coat, and two coats of clear. Our "B" paint jobs run from $5,500 to $8-9,000. "C" Paint Job Our "C" Paint Job is our basic, more economical paint job. It includes minor prep/sanding and single-stage base/clear coat. If needed, we would include a light clear coat. Our "C" paint job runs from $3,000 to $6,500 depending on vehicle size, condition, and necessary prep time. Platinum Paint Job Our Platinum Paint Job is the best paint job we can execute using Urechem Candy's, high-end metallics, two to four tone, etc. Any paint you choose, we execute at the highest level. Platinum cost anywhere between $20,000 to over $40,000. Your platinum paint job will separate your vehicle from the rest - guaranteed! 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Accident Repair Air-Brush Painting Service Alignment And Structural Repair Aluminum Repair Body Repair Bumper Repair Carbon Fiber Clear Coating Classic Car Restoration Collision Repair Color Change Paint Job Color Match Complete Car Paint Job Curbed Wheel Damage Repair Custom Paint Job Custom Pinstriping Decal Removal & Application Services Dent Repair And Removal Detailing Services - 3 options Exotic and Luxury Car Restorations Fender Repair And Parts Replacements Fiberglass Auto Body Repair Flat Matte Auto Paint Jobs Available Frame Repair Masking and Taping for DIY projects Metal Auto Body And Panel Repair Mopar Restoration Paint or Powder-Coat Wheels Paint Job Preparation for DIY projects Paint Repair Racing Stripes Painting Rust and Corrosion Repair and Removal Sanding - blocking for DIY projects Satin Auto Paint Scratch Repair And Removal Scratches And Other Metal Repairs Surface Preparation For Paint Welding & Custom Fabrication Paint & Body Questions and Answers: Q: WILL REPAINTING MY VEHICLE BE WORTH THE INVESTMENT? A: That is up to the owner. Painting a vehicle increases the value, the look, and in some cases, the fuel mileage (smooth and aerodynamic vs. rough & rusty!). At FlexBilt Customs, we offer four levels of paint jobs - from simple single-stage paint jobs to complex, high-end three-stage paint jobs. iSeeCars recently reported the most popular vehicle paint colors, such as white, black, and silver, make little difference in the value of your vehicle, “meaning they won’t hurt resale value but they also won’t help a vehicle maintain its value,” the report says. With only a 4.5% drop in value over three years, yellow cars depreciate the least while Brown vehicles (17.8%) lose their value the most. The bottom line is what you are trying to get our of a new paint job. "Looks" always wins out as being the number one reason to paint a car - you just need to put a value on the look you are looking for! Q: HOW MUCH WOULD IT BE TO GET MY CAR REPAINTED AT FLEXBILT CUSTOMS? A: There really is not a short answer since there are a lot of "depends" to the answer. Multiple factors are in play and every customer must take into consideration what they would be satisfied with. Pricing, including but not limited to, condition of the vehicle, size, original paint type, new paint type selected, how much of the car is being painted, what other services/repairs are selected (interior door jams for example), all play a significant role in how much a paint job will be. The bottom line, is we want you to drive away happy. We will gladly walk you through the options and how we can stay within your budget. Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PAINT MY TRUCK OR JEEP? A: On average, a paint job will take two to four weeks to complete. There are a lot of variables involved including, but not limited to, prep time due to rust, dings, & dents, weather (we do not paint on rainy or high-humidity days), whether or not you are wanting a color change or keeping it the same color, and, of course, overall condition of the surfaces throughout your vehicle. At FlexBilt, we will not just throw on a coat of paint and send it out the door. We protect our name and reputation and have a very hard time in doing a paint job half-way. We've had many customers come in asking for a simple $300-$400 "Maaco level" paint job. We suggest you go to Maaco if that is what you want! We will take the time to get your surfaces right. A good paint job is as only as good as the prep time that goes into the vehicle. Also, color changes take more time in both prep, primering, and painting. Whether you are going from a lighter color to dark or vise-versa, color changes can cost up to $1,000 more on average and another three or four days in the paint booth. Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHOOSING A SINGLE-STAGE PAINT JOB VS. A BASE COAT - CLEAR COAT THREE-STAGE PAINT JOB? A: A s ingle stage paint job uses a technology that allows the color and protective resin to be applied in one single step. Because primer and clear coat(s) are not involved, it is faster and easier to execute. Single stage paint jobs are the best when using the most simple colors, like black or white. Note that single stage is much more harder to color match vs. using a three-stage paint process. A three-stage or Tri-Stage base coat - clear coat paint job is what all of your auto manufacturers' use with their new vehicles off the assembly line since the mid-1980's. Some paint & body shops call it "two-stage finish" but we call it a three-stage since that is what we do! We thoroughly prep all surfaces, lay a coat or two of primer, apply the base coat (actual color), and then one to three coats of clear coat (the clear shine you see and also serves as a protectant of the base coat. Our three-stage process paint jobs are, by far, the most durable and provide a maintenance free finish that will last for years to come. Due to the multiple steps involved in a three-stage paint job, it is the most expensive option but is also the most popular with the nicer trucks, Jeeps, classics, frame-off restorations, and other vehicles we do. Q: HOW MANY COLOR OPTIONS CAN I CHOOSE FROM? A: Within our paint & body division at FlexBilt Customs, you can literally choose from over ONE MILLION color options. Why? We stock, mix, and make our own paint in-house! You can come in a go through our four cabinets of color swatches. Once you choose and BEFORE we paint your vehicle, we will do a complimentary spray out of the color you chose so you can double-check your choice next to your vehicle, wheels, or interior! Q: WHO IS YOUR PAINTER AND WHAT IS HIS BACKGROUND? A: In our strong opinion, we have one of the best painters in the southeast. Jeff has been painting for over 20 years, has attended and trained eight times with PPG and is certified. Better yet, come by and see some of his work. We usually have two or three vehicles on our property for you to review.
- Custom Shop for Trucks & Jeeps
Wheels & Tires FlexBilt Customs has multiple partnerships with manufacturer's, distributors, and specialty wheel shops that will put your truck, Jeep, or SUV on the map with the exact style, color, and size you want. Our custom shop can work with up to 28" wheels and 46" tires so no matter how big, tall, and wide you want to go, we will be able to get you there! If we get your order in by 3 PM CST M-F, your wheels and tires will arrive by the very next morning. Same policy for tires. From our most popular brand we carry, Toyo, to the new upcoming brand, Lexani with their popular Mud Beast tire and Lionheart's Lion Claw MT tire, we are going to set you up for success in your off-road objectives! CONTACT US TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT 334-363-0168 Click the Wheel Brands below for Detailed Information: Top Off-Road Tires in Alabama The following are all of the brands FlexBilt Customs has access to. If you do not find anything you like within our main brands shown above, please let us know and we will get exactly what you want at the best price in the Auburn/Opelika/Columbus area...guaranteed! Brand (# of Wheel Designs) 2 Crave (13), Advanti (34), American Racing (98), Artis (5), Asanti (14), Asanti Black Label (65), Asanti Forged (139), ATX (13), Avenue (7), Azad (21), Beyern (19), Black Rhino (154), BZO (2), Cali Off-Road (34), Capri (13), Centerline (20), Coventry (6), Cray (23), Cruiser Alloy (9), Curva (51), Deegan 38 (2), Diablo (18), Dick Cepek (3), Dirty Life (15), DPR (7), Drifz (5), Dropstars (10), DRW (11), Dub (42), Element (21), Elevate Off-Road (4), Focal (14), Foose (11), Full Throttle (35), G Line (89), Gear Alloy (22), Genius (4), Gianelle (26), Gima (24), Giovanna (39), Hardrock (18), Hardrock Off-Road (19), Havok Off-Road (30), Heavy Hitters (7), Helo (44), Hostile (73), Hostile Forged (6), HTR (12), ICW Racing (9), Incubus (2), Inovit (3), Ion (37), K2 Off-Road (3), KMC (74), Koko Kuture (37), Konig (43), Level 8 (15), Lexani (146), Mach (10), Mamba (24), Mandrus (29), Marquee (66), Maxxim (4), Mazzi (26), Method (55), Mickey Thompson (10), Milanni (24), MKW (37), Motegi (49), Motiv (14), Niche (77), Noir Elite (2), NS Tuner (32), Pacer (16), Petrol (20), Pinnacle (19), Platinum (24), Raceline (49), RBP (33), Redbourne (40), Renzo (6), Replica (17), Ridler (19), Rohana (33), Rosso (1), Rotiform (38), RSR (5), Ruff (21), Sevizia (12), Shift (41), SIKK (1), SOTA Off-Road (5), Sothis (6), Status (24), Strada (68), TIS (12), Topline (38), Touren (42), Toxic Off-Road (13), TSW (83), Tuff A.T (22), Ultra (79), US Mags (18), V-Rock (13), Varro (16), Verde (38), Versante (28), Versus (43), Victor Equipment (16), Vision (70), Vision Off-Road (68), VMR (28), Walker Evans (5), White Diamond (46), Worx (12), Xcess (17), XD Series (128), XIX (17), XO Luxury (23) FlexBilt is your custom wheel & tire shop for whatever you drive in East Central Alabama and West Georgia!
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Alignment FlexBilt Customs has one of the best alignment racks money can buy at its shop in Opelika, AL. The Hunter Elite wheel alignment machine is the most powerful wheel alignment machine on the market today, using four precision cameras to measure the position and orientation of targets mounted to each of your wheels without damaging or scratching your wheels. Our wheel target attachments feature spring-loaded arms that grips the outside wheel and tire, eliminating metal-to-metal contact and subsequent rim damage. The Hawkeye Elite® wheel alignment system can show alignment results in minutes allowing our technicians to create the most smoothest, straight ride you can have! Alignment Prices : Standard car, small trucks or compact SUV's = $95.00 Full-Size trucks, most Jeeps, and full-size SUV's = $110.00 (up to 86" total width outside tire to outside tire) Please note that our alignment rack stays busy, call for an appt.: 334.363.0168 Not many people realize, but a wheel alignment does not have a lot to do with your wheels & tires but more with your vehicle's front and rear suspension. Suspensions, in general, are a very complicated and sophisticated engineered critical part of your truck, Jeep, or SUV. The alignment is all about how your wheels & tires roll on the suspension they are on. All good alignment shops work on three different ways your wheel are aligned. All three are very important! First, your camber refers to the view of your wheels angle as you view it from the front of your vehicle. If you see your wheel leaning to the right or left (either direction), your vehicle is said to have a misaligned camber. Some vehicle owners actually request a lower camber (where the bottom of the tire is further out than the top of the tire). However, engineers have proven that does not help the longevity of suspensions while hurting tire wear. What you need to know about Wheel Alignments: Next, caster is the wheel & tire angle of the steering pivot as you are looking at the wheel from the side of the vehicle. The easiest way to notice whether or not the caster is out of alignment is seeing if the wheel & tire is toward the front of the wheel well or toward the back. All wheels & tires should be centered in the wheel well. Having your vehicle out of caster alignment could cause your tires to hit the inside of your wheel well, wear unevenly, shake at higher speeds, or pull to one side when driving. Last, is a toe misalignment. Toe is the most common misalignment and can havoc with both your suspension wear & tear and tire wear. Toe refers to the angle of your wheels in relation to each other. You will hear the alignment technician say "you have a toe-in misalignment" or "you have a toe-out misalignment". The graphic above shows both a toe-in and toe-out misalignment. The picture is an extreme case. Please note that just a slight to in or out can cause accelerated wear on your tires and stress your front-end suspension significantly. Having your toe off of being aligned can cause a pull to the left or right and are often very dangerous for the driver and those around! What can cause your truck or Jeep to come out of alignment? The short answer is several things. One of the more simpler explanations that happens a lot is taking a turn too sharp causing extreme strain on the front axle, suspension, and wheels causing the alignment to slip or shift out of place. Of course, off-road terrain with deep pot holes and severe uneven roads over a few days time can jerk the alignment out. Last, just over time driving a vehicle, turning hard, and hitting bumps over and over can eventually take your truck, Jeep, or SUV out of alignment. The most important take-away of keeping your vehicle in alignment is to make sure your suspension parts (tie rods, sway bars, ball joints, upper & lower control arms) are straight and in the proper position on the suspension. Having to replace just a few of them can cost hundreds of dollars. What you need to know about Wheel Balance While alignments are centered around your wheels angle, direction, and how they are positioned on your vehicle, while your wheels & tires balance is all about how smooth they roll. With all the engineering, technology, and overall science that has gone into manufacturing wheels and tires as perfectly round as possible, no one has perfected it! Still today, there are flat spots, thicker & thinner metal in areas, and imperfection within the tires themselves that make balancing not as easy as it sounds or what you would expect. It is simply impossible to make a wheel and tire perfectly balanced. As with most drivers on the road today, everyone has felt vibration, shaking, and pulling when driving a vehicle. Just know when a wheel is just slightly heavier or lighter on one side vs. the other, you will feel vibration or shaking. Proper wheel balancing at professional shops are trained to fix this issue and get your wheels and tires as close as possible to being balanced and rolling smoothly. Wheel balancing machines provide shops the ability to see where the imbalance is on each of the four wheels & tires you have on your vehicle. Shop technicians that execute the wheel balance uses stick on weights to knock-on weights on your wheel to compensate for the imbalance areas on your wheel. Some weights are grouped in one spot while others may require weights in multiple spots on the wheel to make it balance. Once weights are added, the technician spins the wheel and tire again to see if it is balanced and will roll smoothly. Whenever you have your tires replaced at FlexBilt Customs, our technician will automatically conduct a wheel balancing service as a part of the installation process. It is imperative or you can ruin a new set of tires very quickly as well as create an unsafe situation on the road with unexpected distractions to the driver with vibration, shaking, and/or pulling. Please note, like an alignment going out, so can your tire balance go out as well. Both stick on weights and knock-on weights can come off from bumps on the road, excessive heat/weather, or just time. If you notice a new vibration or shake that wasn't there before, bring your vehicle back in for a re-balance! All off-road vehicles, whether it is a truck or Jeep, need to have their tires checked at least twice a year if taken off-road more than a few times a year. Trucks and Jeeps with the bigger 35", 37", and even 40"+ tires require special attention.