Getting Tired Fast
If you like to get out and use your truck, especially long roadtrips, it may not have crossed your mind to check the speed rating of your tires. The Diamond Back AS4 is a high-performance radial that is available in 24 matching-tread sizes, in 60, 65, and 70 series, and can be ordered as a whitewall or redline. It's rated for 44 psi and T-rated for continuous running at 118 mph, with an A rating for both temperature resistance and traction, while the non-aggressive tread offers a smooth and quiet ride. Diamond Back specializes in creating custom tires to order with any sidewall treatment you may require.
Diamond Back Classics
We know too many people who finish up a truck and put up with the worn-out old seats, whether they throw blankets over 'em or fit new seat covers to the tired foam. If you have a '67-87 GMC or Chevy truck Brothers can now make your life a whole lot more comfortable, literally, with replacement seat foam to replace the deteriorated or sagging original. Not only will your interior look better, but if you put any great mileage on your truck it'll be way more comfortable too. Brothers can also supply replacement seat covers for '47-91 Chevy and GMC trucks and Suburbans.
Oil's Well That Ends Well
Commercial fleets use advanced micro-glass oil filters to extend the life of heavy-duty trucks and equipment, employing synthetic glass microfibers a tenth the size of conventional cellulose filter fibers to provide superior filtration. High-performance lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple is now bringing this technology to the passenger car market, their new oil filters combining micro-glass technology and high capacity with optimized flow characteristics for maximum performance and filter life. Each filter features and anti-drain back valve to prevent dry starts, heavy gauge steel back plate for maximum burst strength, and a stronger housing to prevent damage from road debris. Royal Purple oil filters allow change intervals to be extended up to 12,000 miles, and are currently available exclusively at Pep Boys.
Following hot and cold weather testing by the U.S. military, which saw 100,000 of Truck-Lite's 24-volt LED headlamps supplied to the Government, the company has now released a 12-volt 7-inch round headlamp, the only manufacturer in the world whose 7-inch LED headlamps exceed all applicable DOT requirements. LEDs offer extended life and improved energy efficiency over regular bulbs, and provide a pure white beam pattern, and improved visibility and hence safety. The Truck-Lite lamps have a hard coated polycarbonate lens to resist stone chips and scratching, with an epoxy seal for the diodes to ensure long life.
If you've been mourning the demise of the Hush Thrush Super Turbo muffler since it was discontinued, go out and celebrate, 'cos it's back! The new Super Turbo mufflers are stamped with the vintage Thrush woodpecker logo, and feature an improved large-diameter internal tri-flow design for better flow and performance, with reversible flow chambers for easy fitment. Fourteen inches in length, the mufflers are available with 21/4-, 21/2-, or 3-inch inlet and outlet diameter, in side-center and side-side configurations.
Got a Light?
If you have a new daily driver, you may have noticed a big difference in the headlight performance between it and your hobby truck. Chances are this is because your daily uses High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting. Street Rod Headquarters has three sets of HID Lighting Kits that replace 7- or 53/4-inch round headlights as well as two plug-and-play halogen bulb replacement kits that enable you to fit HID to your existing headlight lens, for that HID "brighter than daylight" performance, though the replacement kits are not DOT approved. HID is great for 'older' eyes, nighttime cruising, and vehicles using a bunch of electronics since it places less strain on the charging system. You can choose between clear lens, traditional-appearing lights, or unique Classic Chrome bezels with the Lighting Kits, though modification to the headlight bucket may be required.
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Bodywork is one task that until now many have preferred to leave to others, but in the current economic climate, anything that'll save cash and get your project on the road can only be a good thing, and we're seeing a number of homebuilders tackling their own sheetmetal restoration. Of course, starting with the correct tools makes a big difference, and you can now source a three-piece body and fender dolly set from Sears, under the Craftsman brand name. The set contains a toe, heel, and general purpose dolly, all forged from alloy steel, with the various contours designed to handle most applications. Grab a body hammer or two and you're set!
RockSolid Floors has released the first do-it-yourself, one-coat polyurea floor coating system on the market. It's impact-resistant to floor jacks, jack stands, and vehicle traffic and impervious to hot tire pick up. It's highly chemical-resistant to oil and even DOT 3 brake fluids. Although this is a new product, RockSolid Floors is not new to polyurea floor coatings, as the kits contain the same polyurea they manufacture for the most demanding industrial and commercial applications, just with an adjusted cure rate to enable the home user to roll out the product. If you're familiar with spray-on bedliners, you're already familiar with polyurea. Environmentally friendly and non-toxic, it features zero volatile organic compounds, meaning there are no restrictions limiting shipment and use. More flexible and four times stronger than epoxy paints, it won't fade or stain and doesn't include harsh solvents.
Lokar's new Competitor Series throttle pedal offers a number of unique features for a more comfortable driving experience, such as mounting bases that can be centered or offset vertically by an inch to position the pedal exactly where you want it, as well as an internal spanner nut to ensure perfect pedal tension. The durable 48-tooth fine spline 3/4-inch steel insert pivots also allow for extremely adjustable arms which can be moved left or right to adjust the spring loaded pedal pad.
Lokar Performance Products
If you've plumbed a truck or two from scratch you'll know that most brake or fuel line tubing is supplied in coiled form, and straightening it to run lines from front to back of the truck is usually never as satisfactory as you'd like it to be, but Classic Tube has the answer with this tube-straightener. Capable of handling lightwall tubing from 3/16- to 1/2-inch OD, it's as easy to use as clamping it in a vise, feeding the tubing in one end, and setting the tension so that straight tubing comes out the other side! Classic Tube can also supply stainless or OE steel tubing in 20-foot coils or aluminum in 25-foot coils as well as any other tubing tools you could need.
While Edelbrock has been selling its Pro-Flo electronic fuel injection systems for 15 years, the new Pro-Flo XT EFI system has a more powerful ECU featuring fully sequential injection, an improved handheld tuning module for tuning without the use of a laptop computer, and wideband O2 sensor capability. Software is also included to facilitate laptop tuning should you so desire. The XT package also has a new modern intake manifold design with a 90mm front-mounted throttle body, the complete system includes the ECU, wiring harness, tuning module, all electronic sensors, fuel system components, intake manifold, injectors, fuel rails, throttle body, and software.
Feelin' the Heat
If you run a turbo you'll know all about underhood heat, and header heat will feel like a small problem. Design Engineering has a new turbo blanket formed to fit T3 turbo housings that has an inner silica padding rated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and three metal bosses embedded in the outer material to enable the blanket to be safely wired to the turbo. In tests with a laser heat gun during dyno pulls the blanket reduced the temperature of the turbo from 693 degrees to 260 degrees, which is obviously a huge benefit to underhood heat control. DEI has a kit that includes the blanket, a 2-x15-inch roll of titanium wrap, stainless steel ties, and safety wire for the blanket. They can also supply exhaust wrap, heat insulation pads, and spark plug wire wrap to further control engine bay heat.
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