Why people struggle with serpentine pulley systems

Why people struggle with serpentine pulley systems

By Archie Bosman: When you decide to invest in a serpentine pulley system, many of which cost around $2,000 and beyond, naturally, you want your endeavor to be a potential award-winner. But the new system should not only look good but also fit well.  It is also crucial that the kit includes all the brackets, pulleys, accessories, belt, as well as power steering and air conditioning provisions. And if the manufacturer takes pride in their work you’ll find all the fasteners, spacers, and gaskets, individually identified. Joe Rode of Eddie Motorsports explains the basics and offers advice on how to select a competent serpentine belt system. To view the video of “How to Select a Serpentine System” click here: Source: Eddie Motorsports Inc Rancho, Cucamonga, CA 888-813-1293...
KRC launches new power steering fluid: their best ever!

KRC launches new power steering fluid: their best ever!

By Bertie Scott Brown – Kennesaw, GA: KRC has introduced a unique, new power steering fluid. It breaks new ground in its reduction of fluid cavitation, noise and heat. Surviving heat hazards is a crucial breakthrough in fluid longevity. Under-hood temperatures in some racing vehicles can exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit, precipitating power steering fluid renewal before each race. KRC’s new petroleum-based fluid also prevents corrosion and foaming within the system. Foaming causes an effect in steering systems similar to that of air in braking systems. Racers can now purchase KRC’s new fluid in a convenient six-pack, instead of the traditional twelve, or individually. The six one-quart containers usually complete three fluid changes. Now available from stocking dealers, KRC power steering fluid sells for $14.95 per quart. Background: a simple but decisive test Using a pump tester operating at 2,000rpm with 500psi pressure applied, KRC monitored the performance of various power steering fluids. As the fluids reached 240 degrees Fahrenheit, they recorded the elapsed time of temperature increases in 10-degree increments. They then released the entire 500psi pressure, which rapidly reduced the heat the pump emits and recorded the rate of decline. During testing KRC discovered synthetic fluids would perform admirably during the first test cycle. However, if after cooling, the same test was repeated, the performance of the synthetic fluid deteriorated and after several heat cycles it deteriorated significantly. Hence, they concluded that the properties of the synthetic fluid would break down as it passed 240 to 300 degrees where, in contrast, their new premium petroleum-based formula was more repeatable. How do you know when to change power steering...

Edelbrock announces new LS3 intake, bestows small-block Chevrolet engine in sweepstake contest and releases 2015 catalog

By Fergus Ogilvy – Torrance, CA: Edelbrock has expanded its LS intake manifold line with a new Performer RPM design. Devised for Gen IV LS engines with LS3, L92 and L76 rectangular port cylinder heads, it is ideal for carbureted LS2 or LS3 engines operating in the 1,500 – 6,500rpm range. Assigned part number 71197, the new intake incorporates a high-rise dual-plane design that combines a plenum optimized for square-bore carburetors. Weighing 14lbs the Performer RPM LS3 includes provision for mounting an MSD Ignition Timing Control Module and features passages for routing the coil wire harness. It’s also provided with a throttle and transmission bracket that operates with 700R-4, 200-4R and Turbo 350 transmissions. Conveniently, the intake manifold flange is machined for use with GM LS3, L92 and L76-style individual port o-ring gaskets. Win small-block Chevrolet engine: Sweepstake commemorating its 60th anniversary Shortly, one winner will receive a 60th anniversary edition Chevrolet small-block engine. It’s equipped with an Edelbrock Power Package top end and Enforcer Supercharger that generates 520hp. Entries close May 5, 2015. To sign-up go to www.Edelbrock.com 2015 catalog Lastly, Edelbrock has announced the release of their 2015 catalog which features 190 new products. Free, the latest 220-page volume can be ordered in print (#09215) or on CD (#09015); they can also be viewed online at www.Edelbrock.com/order_catalog   Source: Edelbrock, LLC. (888) 288-2892...

Short track ovals: Wilwood announces new GM D154 Metric Caliper

Alfie Bilk, March 1, 2015 These ultra-strong forged calipers are fully detail machined and stress-analysis tested. They provide the lightest overall weight with the highest resistance to deflection – even when compared to much heavier and bulky cast aluminum parts, bar none. The calipers feature an anodized finish, with low-heat conduction stainless steel pistons and positive retraction bore seals. Fluid inlets have been relocated to the center of the piston bore to eliminate any possible interference with the slide pins. Bleed ports at both ends accommodate left, right, front, or rear position mounting. Available with 2.00in or 2.50in pistons, Wilwood’s new high-end caliper costs only $112.20   Wilwood Partners with JJ Furillo of Ultimate Performance to Enhance Support Wilwood Disc Brakes has partnered with Ultimate Performance, a North Carolina-based suspension tuning and performance product supplier. The new program will support drivers at race events, including road racing and auto-cross competitions. As part of the partnership, Ultimate Performance owner JJ Furillo will travel to pro-touring events across the country providing technical support and guidance to competitors on tuning suspensions to match their driving style. Additionally, Furillo can recommend the best braking application setup to create the complete performance package. To contact JJ Furillo, call (610) 790-4071 or email him at JJ@UltimatePerformanceSpeed.com...

Mahle Motorsports Introduces Sportsman Drag Series PowerPak pistons for Chevrolet big-blocks

Fletcher, NC: Mahle Motorsports, a division of Mahle the world’s largest piston manufacturer, has introduced a new Elite Sportsman drag racing piston series for popular aftermarket competition big-block Chevrolet cylinder heads. Using lightweight, strong, true slipper-skirt forgings, Mahle’s emphasis is on power production and durability. By necessity they pay special attention to drag race-specific stress areas, notably skirts and ring lands. The pistons also feature dual coatings. A phosphate dry-film lubricant is applied to the entire piston followed by MAHLE’s proprietary GRAFAL® coating. Grafal is introduced to the skirts to minimize drag, scuffing, and cylinder bore wear. Other important considerations include gas porting and an advanced pin bore design as well as the piston’s profile and ovality geometries. Available singly or in packs of eight, with or without rings, and in bore sizes up to 4.630in. (0.030in overbore for 632cu in), the result is a custom-style, high feature piston with off-the-shelf availability. For more information, contact www.mahlemotorsports.com, or call toll...
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