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In this tech tip, Jay shows how to properly clean any debris from deep within the complex oil passages inside your crankshaft using a bend in the spray straw. Simply spraying parts cleaner into the hole will not get all of the debris out, and will leave behind material that can ruin your bearings. Understanding the shape of the oil passages helps a lot.
It's important that you seat the thrust bearing in before running the engine. There is an amount of end play you can check before final assembly. In this tech tip jay shows you how to check end play and how to seat the thrust washer.
Over-stroking a clutch by allowing the clutch pedal to move too far can damage the clutch and cause shifting issues. Installing a clutch stop limits the distance that the clutch pedal can move, and prevents the clutch from over-stroking. Its a simple device that can make your clutch last longer and perform better. In this week's tech tip, jay shows us how to make a cheap and easy adjustable clutch stop using nuts and bolts.
The end cap on the rod only goes on one way and wont work if its installed incorrectly. In this week's tech tip Jay shows us how to line up the bearing tangs so that you don't make this easy mistake.
Most piston rings need to be filed to the appropriate ring gap for your particular application and should not be installed as-is. In addition to piston ring gap, you also need to make sure the cylinder wall surface finish is smooth enough to seat with the rings. In todays tech tip, Jay gives us a closer look at these 2 things to help keep us out of trouble during assembly.
In this week's tech tip Jay explains what compression height is and shows us how to measure it on a piston.
Using a stretch gauge to torque rod bolts can often apply a more accurate and precise level of clamping force than just using a torque wrench. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us how to use a bolt stretch gauge to confirm that your rod bolts are torqued correctly.
Bearing clearance can mean the difference between an engine that lives a long time with top performance, or dies within the first couple hundred miles. There is more than one way to measure bearing clearance. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us a more accurate and precise way than using something like plastigauge.
Does your wrist pin pass smoothly through the piston? If not, your piston may need a little work before assembly. In today's tech tip, Jay lets us know what the wrist pin to piston relationship should feel like, and how to install the clips that hold them in.
Using an inappropriate spark plug for your application can lead to ignition problems as you increase the power. Selecting the right heat range spark plug can make the difference between a happy running engine, and one that gives you headaches. In today's tech tip, Jay gives us some tips on selecting the right heat range plug for your application.
The amount of boost your setup can create is heavily dependent on the springs you put inside of the wastegate. The system usually cannot make more than twice the gate spring with most boost controllers, so its important that you start with the right spring. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us how to select the right wastegate spring, and how to avoid mistakes when installing them.
The majority of turbo failures we have seen over the years were caused by oiling issues stemming from improperly configured oil lines. In this week's tech tip Jay tells you what you need to know about the oil lines in your turbo setup.
In this week's tech tip, Jay tells you how to avoid common mistakes that lead to premature o2 sensor death.
Ignition misfires can be one of the most frustrating issues you might encounter when tuning. It can put a disappointing end to a day that was going so well up to that point. Many times ignition misfire is caused by spark plug gap. The gap requirement usually changes with power. In today's tech tip, Jay lets us know what adjustments to make when troubleshooting a misfire.
Improper break-in can cause a clutch to experience premature excessive wear and fail much more quickly than it would normally naturally wear out. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us how to properly break in a clutch for maximum performance and longevity.
Boost leaks are the most common problem we see when customers bring their cars to the dyno. Boost leaks are like kryptonite to forced induction vehicles and they can occur unexpectedly and get worse over time. In this week's tech tip, Jay shows us how to create an inexpensive boost leak tester and explains how to use it to keep our cars from losing horsepower.
Ethanol based fuels like E85 are so great because you get to make race-gas power with pump gas price, but there are some special considerations you should be aware of to avoid headaches. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us some of the Do's and Dont's when using ethanol based fuels.
When using multi layer steel headgaskets, the surface finish of the cylinder head, and block deck need to be very smooth. If they are not smooth enough, the gasket will not seal. In today's tech tip, Jay explains the difference between an acceptable surface finish, and one that should be redone.
Jay gives his 2 cents on engine break in procedure that will help keep you out of trouble.
After offering support to a few customers with broken camshafts, we determined that many people are installing camshafts improperly, causing them to encounter bending load that ends up causing them to bind and break. In today's tech tip, Jay shows us how to properly install your overhead camshafts.
The most common support call we get is from people who are improperly measuring the diameter of their piston. They are either using the wrong tools, or they are using the right tool but not measuring the piston in the right place. In this week's tech tip, Jay explains that the piston is not the same diameter from top to bottom, and the manufacturer documentation will show you exactly where to measure.
Advancing or Retarding cam timing using adjustable cam gears can change the shape of your powerband, and potentially shift more power to the operating range that you will actually be using when you race. In this week's tech tip Jay tells us how adjustable cam gears can improve your setup.
There are several different types of valve springs out there. In this week's tech tip Jay explains the differences to help you determine which style is best for your application.
Just because something is new in the box does not mean it wont cause a problem for you. NEW should stand for "Never Ever Worked". So in this week's tech tip, Jay explains the importance of checking and double checking everything INSIDE the box of parts.
We often see people blame a smoking turbo on "blown turbo seals" without really understanding that its often not the turbo's fault. In this week's tech tip Jay explains what oiling issues often lead to a blown turbo and how to avoid them.
Selecting the parts for your fuel system can be overwhelming. In this week's tech tip Jay helps sort through the components and help you get the most for your money.
Nitrous can be a cheap and easy way to add power, but it's also very easy to damage your engine if you do things wrong. In today's tech tip Jay goes over the components of the nitrous kit and gives some guidelines to help keep you out of trouble.