At what point did auto manufacturers decide to cut the chrome from a vehicle‘s bodyline? Like most things insidious, it didn’t happen all at once but rather little by little. And, here we are today…left with something that looks like the VW Beetle, surely a sign of the automotive apocalypse if there ever was one.
If this recent chrome-free car culture is leaving you feeling rather naked, you’re not alone. Luckily, the more inventive of these like-minded individuals got together and created aftermarket chrome accessories that have restored the gleam back into bodylines across the country. From single accents to complete chrome kits, you can find an upgrade for just about every area on your vehicle, both inside and out! Here are a few of the most popular items.
Chrome Door Handles
Nothing makes a faster impression when you’re grabbing the door for someone than a solid-looking set of chrome door handles. Each kit is custom-machined from solid billet aluminum and finished with gleaming chrome. The chrome finish is generously plated to provide a brilliant, low-maintenance sparkle. They come in a wide range of styles and designs and support both keyed or keyless entry. Simple to install, they go on in about an hour with no modification to your vehicle required.
Fender trim provides a subtle yet noticeable addition to your wheel wells. Similar to the “premium” package your dealer offered you, fender trim is crafted to the specific contours of your vehicle and installs in as little as 15 minutes…for all four wheels!
Piece by piece isn’t for everybody. So, when you’re ready to take the full plunge, chrome kits are available to provide a complete package that’s guaranteed to liven up any exterior. Adding an air of instant class to your ride, each chrome piece is crafted from durable ABS plastic and custom-made to fit your make, model and year. Easy to install, each piece fits seamlessly over your existing factory parts using heavy-duty 3M adhesive tape. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your door handles, increase the accent on your hood vent or get your grille to shine, a chrome kit provides everything you need in one convenient package. One thing to be aware of: each kit varies so make sure you shop around to find the one that best meets your needs.
Chrome Mirror Covers
Match your mirrors to your chrome trim for a high-impact attention-grabber. Chrome mirror covers mount on top of the dull, factory-painted side views. They’re crafted from automotive-grade ABS with durable chrome plating, making them tough enough to handle the constant abuse most side mirrors routinely suffer. Plus, the chrome plating will never yellow like a steel cover.
Chrome Fuel Doors
Present on many of the more rugged outdoor vehicles (like many other Jeep accessories), chrome fuel doors add an exclusive touch of “blam” to your bodyline. Even better, they’re actually functional on top of it all. Chrome fuel doors are available as a pop-on or total replacement and can also include an optional lock, making them a great theft deterrent. Plus, their installation requires no cutting, drilling or dangerous part removal.
Chrome door handles, fender trim and other parts are just a few of the Jeep accessories and add-ons available to enhance the appearance of your ride. Also available for any other make, model and year, chrome accessories, are the fastest and easiest way to set yourself apart from the herd of watered-down stock vehicles.