Drive Belts: How not to install them

Drive Belts: How not to install them

Ray Bohacz is a journalist in the automotive field and author of CarTech’s book “How to tune and win with Demon Carburetion”. He is also a monthly contributor to Hemming’s Muscle Machines magazine. Additionally, Ray writes short articles for the agriculture industry and is featured in a series of videos as the SF (Successful Farming) Engine Man. His videos introduce brief, informative features which apply to both farm and automotive equipment.  Topic: drive belts When drive belts are first installed, their molecule structure conforms to the belt’s direction of travel. As a result, drive belts don’t perform well when fitted in the reverse direction. Here, in fewer than 75 seconds, Ray shares valuable information on installing a drive belt that was previously used. Click here or on the video to...
Wilwood Engineering’s New Tru-Bar Balance Bar Pedal System

Wilwood Engineering’s New Tru-Bar Balance Bar Pedal System

Camarillo, California: Wilwood’s Tru-Bar brake balance-bar system is now available in the eight popular pedal styles used in virtually all types of competition applications. Tru-Bar pedals use a fixed-trunnion bearing in the pedal arm with spherical rod-end bearing pushrod attachments. They provide ultimate precision, control and adjustment of the brake bias on race vehicles. The new Tru-Bar pedals adopt the same chassis and master cylinder mounting arrangement as all Wilwood balance-bar-style pedals. A stronger and larger diameter 7/16-20 bar provides quicker adjustment and features a shouldered 3/8” diameter end to attach the standard remote adjuster cable for further proficiency. M.S.R.P. starts at $328.31. For more information contact Wilwood Engineering at...
What made the 75th Sturgis rally so memorable?

What made the 75th Sturgis rally so memorable?

By Martha Maglone: For the motorcycle dealership, Black Hills Harley Davidson, the 75th Sturgis Rally will remain indelibly in the memory, for they sold 602 motorcycles in ten days during this year’s anniversary event. Seventy-three machines were purchased in one day, a dealership record! Apparently, 85 percent of these buyers originated from outside the state of South Dakota. Notably, most Harley dealers don’t sell 600 bikes in two years. Motorcyclists are an enigma to most onlookers with their image poised somewhere between the ‘Wild One’ and fast, irresponsible road users. The Harley guy, with his outstretched feet set on pegs like shoe boxes four-feet apart in the evening sun, arms held high, chin in the air making enough noise to waken every sleeping child within a five-mile radius is often the antithesis of the sport-bike guy who tends to get his thrills from the machine’s acceleration, cornering and braking. Stealth—quietness—is usually the best strategy to realize his thrills without attracting the unwanted attention of the law. But in Sturgis, although the Harley community outnumbers the others by, perhaps, fifteen-to-one they all seek adventure together. And the adventure? Roaming the scenic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and eastern Wyoming for days. Because the terrain is one of such enticing contrast, varying from wide open prairies with grazing buffalo herds to tight, twisty well-surfaced roads, the entire experience deepens the delights of motorcycling. Co-founded by Pappy and Pearl Hoel, Sturgis is a motorcycling Mecca, an annual pilgrimage for its devoted followers. And this year, its 75th was the magnet for hundreds of thousands of like-minded souls who take...