Fortek Bodykit - Original.
The Fortek kit is one of the widest bodykits that you can fit, and customers often have problems sourcing wheels that are large enough. Another problem that often occurs is that the kit is a bonded kit, with small contact areas, and is designated as advanced fit only.
This bodykit is derived and developed from purely motor sport origins. The original Fortech, kits were fitted to space frame racers (or silhouette cars), consisting of a tubular chassis, covered by a Mini shaped Body. As such they were never designed to fit conventional Minis. This is the source of almost all the fitting problems experienced by customers, purchasing Fortech style kits from ALL UK sources.
The original kits were actually a collection of removable panels fixed by fasteners, and designed with the express purpose of covering the large wheels that were used within the racing categories. This purity of design was translated into a very pure shape. The soft flowing lines of the arches, mimic the gently rounded lines of the Mini itself complimenting it perfectly and result in what must be the most uncluttered design available. The true Fortek kit is a 5-piece kit consisting of a very functional front bumper, and 4 large wheel arches - This is the Fortech kit sold by competitors.
Because of the fact that most of our customers are building road-going cars, we developed an 8-piece version, since most customers with road going cars wanted side skirts and a rear spoiler. The side skirts are very much in keeping with the rest of the kit in that they are very simple in shape. The rear bumper is simply a front one fitted to the back.
These kits have very wide arches that are bonded onto the metalwork of the front and rear wings. The first job when fitting is to line everything up, and secure the kit with screws, then to remove each item in turn and bond it on. The joints are then smoothed out using conventional body filler. The fixings can be left but most people remove them prior to painting as they can disclose themselves through the paintwork. Filling the area under the arch with expanding foam is a common method of adding strength and durability to the fixing.