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    Please help a noobie

    Hello there guys, only found out about the whole extreme, dna, mr2bodykit.co.uk concept yesterday. Never really new that a standard mr2/ peugeot 406 could be made into something like a ferrari 360 or Lambo murcielago, its epic fair play. However, I was wondering if you more experienced chaps could help me with a few issues. I am a young guy, 19 years old and love the idea of driving an exact replica. So heres a few questions:

    1) Just wondering, the mr2 is group insurance 13, which is high for my age as it is. But, will the kit put the insurance up further?
    2) Im undecided at the moment, once I get the required money whether to get an extreme or dna? as these 2 seem the most reputable companies. I adore the look of the Ferrari 360 made by extreme. However, the Ferrari 355 is abit cheaper and looks nearly as good. Just want your opinion?
    3) I have no idea where to start to be honest, I dont think I am capable of building one of these beautiful machines myself unfortunately . Therefore, if you guys think it is possible, which kit would be the easiest to fit whilst still looking great?
    4) can you guys roughly estimate the cost of putting on the kit by a professional company?

    Sorry for all the questions, just I found out about this whole world of kit cars and need to know if and what I would be getting myself into. If anyone has any dvd video's or manuals that would help me, could you please also suggest them, thanks very much.

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    Re: Please help a noobie

    Common guys, I dont think its right to handle "noobies" this way.
    Atleast you could tell him the usual "hey use search or google it".

    Treat others as you want to be treated.

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    Re: Please help a noobie

    Quote Originally Posted by hort98
    1) Just wondering, the mr2 is group insurance 13, which is high for my age as it is. But, will the kit put the insurance up further?
    2) Im undecided at the moment, once I get the required money whether to get an extreme or dna? as these 2 seem the most reputable companies. I adore the look of the Ferrari 360 made by extreme. However, the Ferrari 355 is abit cheaper and looks nearly as good. Just want your opinion?
    3) I have no idea where to start to be honest, I dont think I am capable of building one of these beautiful machines myself unfortunately . Therefore, if you guys think it is possible, which kit would be the easiest to fit whilst still looking great?
    4) can you guys roughly estimate the cost of putting on the kit by a professional company?
    1.) If you insure it as a mr2 then add the kit you probably won't have higher insurance. But you have to check with your insurance company. The question is do you want replacement costs for a 2003 mr2 should you get it wrecked, which is about 12-15k, or for an exotic rebody which costs alot more to replace? That's up to you. You can get "kit car" type insurance but it will be higher, and come with mileage per year limits, etc.
    2.) I would go DNA but it is all personal choice and at times evenly divided amongst good guys on this board
    3.) Again I would go DNA, but know what you are getting into. Read some of the build threads and ask yourself if you could do what that person has done. Even the DNA kit will take some time and patience.
    4.) Are you in the US or UK? There aren't any builders in the US for DNA or Extreme that I know of, but I'm sure someone will flame me saying that there is. If you are in UK then check with DNA and extreme as they would be more that happy to answer your questions.

    There. Finally, use the forum search and google search. DNA and guys on here post on several other forums

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    Re: Please help a noobie

    Hi there are a couple of things to consider.

    1. If you select a 406 / mr2 you will proberbly register it on this, therefore you will insure it against this car, if you go for a car that is over 10 years old you will not need to get it SVA'd this will then save you money and problems. nfact you wont even need to tell anyone, get a quote for insuance from one of the Specilist kit car isnurers, I use footman james who charge me 350 fully comp for a Diablo replica with a 4.0 engine. I have 3 points on my licence.

    2. Hmm can not remember which is which now, I have seen a lot of the cheaper one around, I have to say they dont look right, your best bet is to invest in the more expensive one, and go for the roadster, you'll regret it otherwise. I think the better one is based in Newcastle or N/E, the worse one is based in Birmingham, I think it was the extream i liked,

    3. Call Bruce at BB Body Shop, he is the best builder I have come accross, he is an official builder, 01782331319, speak with him, hell tell you straight, he is doing some work on my IFG at the moment, he have three on the go at the moment, hell spend some time with you and go through your options.

    4. Your looking at about 16K + any special additions.

    Give me a shout if you have any other questions.

    Lee Nash

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    Re: Please help a noobie

    Hey Horte
    I'm biased as I own a DNA 360 kit in the US of A!

    Keep that in mind as you read my thoughts:

    1, I think you might be able to get cheaper insurance for a DNA in the UK than you get for the MR2. Check out the guys on the DNAOC (the forum is DNAOC.co.uk). I remember some of them were talking about insurance some time ago and how they had some pretty amazing quotes. I know one guy on there is only 19 and has a few claims under his belt... but is still managing. There are some specialist insurers out there that consider you to be more careful with a specialist car - especially if you build the car yourself.

    2, I don't think you can go wrong with either DNA or Extreme. They are both good companies and their reputation is important to them so should continue making good products for some time to come. DNA has been amazing with me and have already been a big help with my build.

    3, The easiest kit is an simple call - it's the DNA kit. The Extreme kit has wleding where as the DNA kit is more bolting stuff together and some body work. That said, both DNA and Extreme can point you in the direction of finished cars. Either finished by them or by customers. The forum owner of the DNAOC currently has his exceptionally well finished car up for sale.

    4, A company called Evans Motorsports has put a couple of DNAs together if you decide to go away from the original suppliers. Again they post on this forum and on the DNAOC forum so you should be able to PM them and discuss further your exact requirements. A good way to keep the costs down is to buy a part finished car. There are some Extremes floating around but to date I'm not sure there has been a part built DNA offered up for sale. Again this may be due to the ease of assembly but may also relate to the amount of time the kits have been available.

    Oh and as for my opinion, the DNA 360 rocks ;D (but the Extreme Merci is stratospheric - but out of my league for a number of reasons at the moment!!!)

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