-Expensive (compard to stock bodies)
Redz has made a very solid aftermarket body kit for the Smart Parts Ion. The overall look is amazing! There are a lot of body kit's out there right now, but this was the only one that caught my attention (aside from Shocktech's and the Dark Ion body.) It is a very simple design, yet it has all the right lines and sculpting to make your Ion look damn sexy!
The build of the body is exceptional as well. It is made of the same material, or very similar material, as the stock Ion bodies. Which basically translates into two great features: 1) Built for wear and tear (no anodize scratches, the material will scratch, but it's harder to notice the belmishes...the great thing about composite materials as opposed to anodized metal.) 2) Lightweight! This will keep your featherlight Ion as slim as possible!
Now for the bad...unfortunatly this body kit is not perfect (looks are very decieving though!) My first peeve is the cost! Crap...for being basically the same materials that they use in the stock bodies, why the hell do this things cost $75! Granted they look damn good, and are a tad more complicated in design, but it's the same idea, rubber and composite....plus it's the same parts you'll get in the stock kit: body, reg sleeve and grips.
My second gripe is the hole alignment. I had to ream the holes in the body for the front two grip frame screws (the one on the bottom and the one that protrudes through the barrel opening into the grip frame.) It wasn't a hard fix, it was just kind of inconvenient and retarded to have to modify a new body kit. Especially since I saw an ad that stated they use the exact specifications that Smart Parts uses to build their kits, so that everything fits the way it should...?????? Someone was asleep at the wheel on my body kit obviously.
FInally, I do not like the grips that come with it. Compared to my stock ones, they look horrible when coupled with the body. I bought the blue kit, and the body is mainly black with blue accents...the grips are black and blue, but have white outlines on everything...it's a minor problem, but it looks goofy...I found that my stock grips that came with my Ion match WAY better...but like I said, it's a matter of preference. Some of you may just trash your stock ones in favor of the Redz...they're very well built..I just think they look odd.
Other then a few "here and theres", there's not much to complain about. This is a very nicely thought out body kit for Ion owners everywhere.
I definitely recommend this product. There might be cheaper body kits out there for your money, but there's not many that couple all of the strengths of the stock kit, with quite possibly the best looking asthetics on the market right now. It's a bit of a steep price to pay for what you get, but once it's a permanent part of your Ion, the look alone will justify the expendeture.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 at 7:06 pm PST