May The Force (Of Induction) Be With You!

Text By: Roger C. Johnson and Tim King We all love normal atmospheric pressure. At 14.7 psi, it’s the perfect arrangement for humans and animals alike. It’s easy and natural to breathe and gives us all the power we need. You can also say the same about the engine in your car. In most cases, modern vehicles come off the assembly line with some form of a naturally aspirated … [Read more...]

The Best Cars For Pro Touring

If you start to attend autocross events, either as a spectator or participant, you're bound to notice a wide array of vehicles on the track. From a '69 Camaro, to a bone stock F100, to Station Wagons and everything in-between. We started to wonder what cars are better suited for Pro Touring? Obviously, some of the cars out there are performing better than others. Is that … [Read more...]

Making The Link: Sub-Frame Connectors and X-Brace

The uni-body cars of yesterday had some downfalls. While they are lightweight and provide a smooth ride, they flex - a lot. We've heard stories where cars were drag raced and every time they made a pass down the strip, the doors shut differently. With a big enough motor and big enough tire, you could damn near twist these cars into a pretzel. For the Chevrolet platform, this … [Read more...]

Five Gears To Freedom: Installing An Overdrive Transmission

Your motor roars, the tach climbs and speed soars. You reach highway cruising speed in a flash, but the tach is still buried and the car feels like it's going to explode, even though you're only going 70 MPH. Not a good feeling, and one we've all most likely felt over the years. You could rebuild the rearend for some highway friendly gears, but that low end grunt will be gone. … [Read more...]

GET A GRIP With RideTech’s New Street Grip System

All Photo's And Text Courtesy Of BangShift.com In the world of hot rodding, it is pretty easy to lose the plot one way or another. For instance, if you have your cool classic muscle car and you have been dutifully driving it for years, you may not notice the suspension turning to mush below your feet as the bushings start to break down or the springs sag, etc. On the other end … [Read more...]

Plumbing Made Easy With Earl’s AN Fittings and Hose

If you're still taking a piece of rubber hose and clamping it down with an old-school hose clamp, the time has come to step up your game. AN fittings aren't exactly a new revelation in the hose and fitting world - they have been around for over 50 years. In fact, AN fittings got their start in the military - AN stands for Army Navy, a joint venture to unionize fittings … [Read more...]

Top Three Mistakes When Building A Pro Touring Car

  Mitsakes. We all make them, just like my spelling you see there. Mistakes are what give us experience and know what's wrong or not working. While he may not have been talking about building cars, Oscar Wilde said that "experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." When building the perfect pro touring car, mistakes will be made. At each one of those … [Read more...]

Converting From Two Leaf Springs To A Four Link Coil-Over

The trusty ol' leaf spring. It's been holding up vehicles from trucks, cars and even horse drawn wagons for over a hundred years. It's one design that's withstood the test of time and is still being used today. The leaf spring is just about as simple as it can get in its design - a piece of metal that springs back into shape after you apply force to it. They can be stacked … [Read more...]

Driveshaft Tech: Connecting The Power To The Ground

One of the most critical components on your ride is often one of the most overlooked - the driveshaft. This component is usually an afterthought for most - the last step in the process of upgrading or restoring a car. However if the driveshaft isn't right, then the entire car can have catastrophic consequences. It's the difference between a smooth ride or feeling like you're … [Read more...]

Feeding The Beast With Spectre Performance

An internal combustion engine requires three ingredients to make power: fuel, spark or ignition, and air. In essence, an internal combustion engine is one big air pump, sucking in air, compressing it, and exhausting it. With that in mind, the easiest way to make more power is to give the engine more air, followed by more fuel, and good ignition. There are many ways to … [Read more...]