Key Parts Advantage
KeyParts Research and
The KeyParts that are
manufactured get determined through an intensive process. The process begins
with obtaining an OEM Truck cab or bed, a body in the case of Vans and SUVs.
A vehicle study is performed to not only determine where it is rusting, but
where it will continue to rust as the area spreads over the lifetime of the
Truck, Van or SUV. After the problem areas are identified, the vehicle
section is reverse engineered and a part is carefully designed with critical
dimensions. A physical part is then cut-out of the actual OEM vehicle as a
visual reference for test-fitting and used to acquire a 3D scan image of the
part. The image used with CAD (computer-aided design) will then be applied
to the production of the die and tooling equipment to ensure the accuracy of
part dimensions, body lines, and contours. Upon completion of production
equipment, sample parts are produced and test-fitted onto actual vehicles
for both appearance and proper fit. At this point, the test-fit process
continues until an accurate part is assured whereby it will go into
manufacturing production after a final series of cross-checks.
Remember, not all parts need to replace the entire OEM section. In many
cases we offer several non-OEM options. For instance, on truck bedsides
depending upon your need and the extent of the problem - You can purchase
the entire OEM replica bedside or non-OEM full wheel arch section, partial
wheel arch section, or just the front/rear bed sections. In defining the
problem areas, we offer parts that replace an entire OEM section or simply
offer a lower-cost solution to just the trouble areas.
To achieve a level of quality that is equal to or better than the OEM body
section of the vehicle that is being repaired - We only use 19 gauge or
higher steel for our panels. The highest grade steel available is used for
our parts as well. Furthermore, our plants use “all-steel” dies and tooling
which produces cleaner body features and enables us to use a thicker gauge
of steel. Additionally, our chief parts designer has over 30 years of
experience in the vehicle body parts field and has designed most of the high
quality custom-formed parts we produce and sell today.
From Auto CAD design
development to computer-driven robotic production equipment, the factories
that produce our KeyParts use the latest advancements in technology to
design, develop, and manufacture the finished product. Most of these
facilities have been built within the last 5 years and long after the
worldwide technology boom which allowed production plants to be constructed
with technology in mind. New robotic equipment for
stamping/tooling/finishing, laser guidance, and plasma-cutting provides for
a level of stricter tolerances and accuracy. With these factory innovations,
it enables us to use high-grade steel of heavier gauge than many other
manufacturers. This all equates to making a superior quality part for our
customers. Our catalog photos are “crystal” clear, because they don’t have
any flaws to hide! See how many other manufacturers offer the same visual
references or part displays.
KeyParts are manufactured under the rigid
guidelines of International ISO 9001 Standards in modern high-tech
Most other manufacturers don’t follow these
quality standards guidelines or use old technology.
Top quality production process is maintained.
KeyParts stamping forms are engineered &
produced to the precise specifications of the original part or design.
Strict computer-checked interface tolerances are adhered to without
Many others are manufactured to be simply
“close-enough” using only human inspection requiring the end-user to make
Superior fitting parts with consistency maintained.
KeyParts are die-stamped to exactly match
the characteristics such as body lines/definition of the original equipment
manufacturer’s (OEM) part. The presses and forms are continually monitored
for stress, position, pressure, and accuracy at each stage.
Some other manufacturers don’t practice
these rigid procedures.
Makes installation accurate, quick & easy.
KeyParts uses the highest gauge steel
possible with each part. These meet or exceed the gauges of the OEM parts.
A lot of other manufacturers use lighter
gauges of steel to save on costs but can cause installation issues.
No buckling, warping, wrinkling, or stress lines.
KeyParts are tried and tested on actual
vehicles until both the “mechanical” and “visual” fit are correctly
Some manufacturers claim to test directly on
vehicles but merely perform visual tests or use photo references.
No worries about how the part will actually fit or whether contour & body
curves line up from a visual perspective.
KeyParts duplicate the OEM flanges, lips,
and other connections to minimize installation problems. There are no rough
or jagged edges on non-OEM parts. Necessary specs are laser measured.
Many other parts from different
manufacturers require the end-user to deal with rough or jagged edges.
No major installation or safety issues and virtually no hand-tooling work
designs accurately fit the vehicle area of repair with no body fit
adjustments necessary. No press brake formation is used.
The majority of others require some bending,
forming, and/or manipulation of the part.
No installation adjustments or hand-beating needed.
KeyParts are made to not only cover the
typical rust area but to extend beyond that area to insure a clean repair
and allow enough overlapping metal to connect with the existing vehicle
structure before welding.
A lot of other designs do not cover enough
overlap allowing adjacent rust areas to migrate over to the repaired section
No concerns about impending rust migration.
- KeyParts uses the latest Electro-Deposit Primer (EDP) finish process,
subjecting the parts to a heavy coating of high quality black primer upon
being thoroughly cleaned and prepped.
- KeyParts uses a Triple Nickel chrome process which is the most proven
available. It provides a durable finish with deep reflective properties.
Other manufacturers fail to clean the parts
properly before applying primer or just leave the steel unprotected
No primer flaking, no oil residue, and minimal scuffing of the surface
required prior to installation.