Plug Wires: Build Them Right

By: Todd Ryden | 12/02/2019
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Spark plug wires are the arteries of your hot rod; Providing a path for electrons to flow to the spark plug and creating a spark across the plug gap to initiate the combustion process and power stroke. If this path is ever interrupted, a misfire will occur, robbing your engine of power and creating driveability issues that will drive you crazy.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re running a distributor or coil-per-cylinder ignition system, plug wires have a lot of external forces working against them. They live in a brutal environment of extreme heat, they’re whipped around from underhood air currents, have oils spilled on them and during tune-ups, they get yanked and pulled around. All of this while carrying thousands of volts to the plugs.

How To Set Up A Cylinder Head

Original Article from Dart Heads Website

While many Dart cylinder heads come assembled with valve springs, sometimes it can be necessary to spec your own set that pair with your camshaft of choice. Here’s how to correctly set up a cylinder head.

Building a unique performance engine often demands an equally custom set of heads. These cylinder heads may not fit within the confines of a specific off-the-shelf part number. Or, you may decide you’d like to assemble the heads yourself to create a specific combination for a race or street engine.

With help from a few affordable tools, almost anyone can custom assemble a set of performance heads. We’ll show you how it’s done.


 How to Measure Your
Dzus Panel Fastener

Dzus fasteners are one of if not the most popular style panel fastener among the motorsports racing world. Your racecar might even already have Dzus fasteners holding everything secure already.

If you have perhaps lost a few Dzus buttons, broken some springs or wish to add some of these fantastic fasteners to your vehicle, this article is a short guide to help you decide what is the right fit for your panels.

 

How to Know Which Ring Set
You Need for Your Pistons

By Kevin Bailey from JE Pistons Website

So, you have a set of pistons that you want to re-ring, but you don't know which rings to order. Here, we go over the options you have for measuring your old rings or ring grooves so JE can get you the rings you need.

Forged pistons are a durable, high-performance option for many engines, and last a long time in various applications. Because of the lasting quality of forged material, replacing the piston(s) is not always necessary. JE pistons has many customers that have been running the same pistons for a long time, and they’re still well within safe running condition. However, these customers still need to periodically replace rings as practice of proper maintenance to help maintain efficient sealing and keep blow-by to a minimum.


Fueled To Perform:

Dyno Testing VP Racing Fuels’ Products

 

A common problem — depending on where you live — is getting the best fuel for your car. Fortunately, in our area, we have 93-octane gasoline, which is okay for our street cars to get around town. However, when we want to crank up the boost, we then resort to race gas for off-road use. You’ve heard that E85 is all the rage at the pump, but we don’t have that option. The nearest E85 station is about an hour away. In this article, we will test some additives and fuel options, and fill in the gap between pump gas and race fuel with the help of VP Racing Fuels. We will also see how much more power we can make on VP’s C85 fuel over pump gas.


Less Shock, More Awe:

COMP's Latest Low Shock
Technology Cam Magic

 

The line used by a CNN reporter during the early morning air attacks of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 was “shock and awe” — the use of overwhelming force in the face of an enemy. As we move into the 21st century and enter the second hundred years of internal-combustion engine development, that caveman technique of using overwhelming force to control a valvetrain is quietly being replaced with what could be described as engineered finesse.

This is not to downplay the fact that high-RPM valvetrains require serious control. But, the old days of vertical-ramp cam lobes that slam valves open and slam them closed even harder are yielding to a more subtle approach to valve operation.

As an example of this approach, consider that not long ago, NHRA Pro Stock racers considered it successful if they could

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Are Flimsy Pushrods Costing You Power? Try This At-Home Valvetrain Stiffness Test To Find Out!

May 24, 2018 / by Jeff Smith

Flex in the valvetrain means less valve lift and less airflow into the cylinder. Could a floppy valvetrain be holding your engine back? This simple test allows you to evaluate your valvetrain with simple tools to gauge its stiffness.

Engine building is all about attending to the details. The professionals know that all is not as it seems when it comes to something as simple as valve lift. We had an opportunity to discuss this with Ben Strader, president of EFI University, where he and his staff not only teach engine building and EFI tuning, but also apply what they learn on the dyno. Amid a day-long discussion concerning engine building, Strader mentioned that one of the best ways to evaluate


How to install gaskets:
Clean and dry

Clean and Dry

It’s no secret that Fel-Pro® gaskets offer the most reliable seal for any repair job. Proper installation is the key to long service life, as installation practices are changing rapidly as gasket designs advance. In the past, it was not uncommon to coat a gasket with sealers or adhesives before installing it; today, Fel-Pro offers many gasket designs with advanced leak sealing technologies built directly into the gasket. With these modern gaskets, RTV or other sealers can actually hinder the gasket’s ability to form a reliable seal, causing leaks.

AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST SUPPLIER OF HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE PARTS!

 

Performance Wholesale Australia Pty Ltd is Australia’s largest supplier of high performance engine parts. Bill Mann Performance Engines started as a machine shop assembling high performance engines for customer’s racecars in 1976. This is how importing engine components began so Bill could test the latest parts direct from the USA. As this part of the business grew, he decided to open Performance Wholesale in 1986 so he could supply the best engine components available for any type of race engine. It has grown from strength to strength over the years with one of the best sales and technical teams in Australia able to support and advise customers on their high performance motorsport and race engine requirements.

Our reputation is built on supplying our customers with the best brands of high performance parts for their application. We supply the motorsport industry with the best products and the best technical support.

 

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