Last week I received word that the cage design was done from S&W Race cars. John had sent over the drawings and and a general layout of the cage. After a few minor tweaks, we gave him the go ahead and the kit was on their CNC bender by the end of the week. I drove down to their shop the following week which is just outside Lancaster county in Pennsylvania to pickup the kit and the chassis. The tubing all came pre-bent, notched , numbered and ready to be installed . I was very impressed with the facility and now that the kit has been programmed into their system, they can be duplicated for a very reasonable cost (somewhere in the $600 range for 1 ¾” DOM tubing). If you’re interested in your own cage kit, contact S&W, they have kits already available for several European makes and models.
It’s not exactly uncommon knowledge that winter blues affect us salt belt racer dorks like no one else. No track days, salt covered roads, cold garages…it can lead to some serious depression…or some libation induced builds that would make herbalists jealous. ‘Just saying’ However even with such an immense amount of time on our hands, we all often push off basic maintenance until the first peeps of spring yard birds (not the band)…which usually coincides with a track day the weekend after (thank goodness for eEuroparts fast shipping!). This ultimately leads to 5x 20 hour days before the track, in which nothing really gets accomplished other than a list of what to attack for the next track event. Curing the Salt Belt Winter Blues Why do we do this to ourselves? We’re better than this! So with the above considered, are we ultimately mad at ourselves? Is there some sort
After a very cold New England snap, a January thaw has reminded me that the racing season is fast approaching and we better get back into the shop! The engine block came back , hot-tanked and bored for our forged Wiseco pistons. These pistons have thicker top ringlands and the forging process gives superior strength and durability over the hypereutectic factory ones. With the all the bottom end saab performance parts here, let the build begin. First thing I want to cover is the current development of parts in our balance shaft delete kit, in progress. Before I even get into sizing up the new bearings and assembling the crank, I wanted to take a look at the balance shaft and engine timing system. But, we probably should talk a little about the purpose of balance shafts first. Balance shafts are weighted shafts that run off the crankshaft in order
We fully endorse always switching to winter tires when the snow falls, but with many new cars, TPMS sensors can be a burden. Having to take your car to a dealer to program your car not only costs money, but also time. On the new generation Saab 9-5, however, as long as you have working pressure sensors it is quite easy to reprogram them yourself without any additional tools. All you need is a way to let the air out of your tires, a way to fill your tires back up, and a tire pressure gauge. In about 5 minutes, The NG9-5 TPMS will read correctly at all four corners once again! First set your parking brake and start the car. On your left control stalk, clear any messages and go to your vehicle information menu. Scroll to the screen that displays the tire pressure sensing and hold down the
When you buy a shiny new set of brakes, it’s pretty exciting to finally get rid of that horrible vibration, or terrible squeaking. However, if you’re not careful you can be revisiting the problems faster than you think. A customer recently asked a question about why his BMW 740il was shaking when applying the brakes. Almost always, a brake jutter or vibration through the brake pedal is the result of uneven wear on the brake rotors at the end of an improper brake pad bed-in. Because of the nature of the friction material, there are a few crucial things to keep in mind when you finish your brake job. Read on to learn how to avoid all of that after installing your next disc brake kit. Why do I have to bed-in my brakes? The key concept to understand when discussing brake pad brake in (also known as bed in,