XRP has developed a filter system that allows you to easily customize exactly the filter you need. The company's new stackable filter system is called the Multi-Stack, and it can adapt to practically any need. Simply choose the filter elements you want and then screw together the canisters in the correct configuration. The filter elements are 2 inches in diameter and come in either 5- or 2-inch lengths. The pleated mesh wire screens are available to filter at 45, 60, 75, or 100 microns. Finally, you can choose to go with or without a 15-psi bypass valve. So, for example, you can choose a 5-inch first stage with a freer flowing filter to catch only the larger contamination particles and a smaller screen with super-fine mesh. Overall, filtering is improved but the fine-mesh filter won't be easily clogged because of the pre-filter.
Race engines running super-light motor oil need to have their oil systems pressurized before firing up to prevent damage to the bearings, lifters, cylinder walls, and other vital areas. With a dry-sump engine running an external oil pump, this isn't a problem. But it's much harder to pre-lube a dry-sump engine with an internal oil pump. That's no longer an issue with Peterson Fluid Systems' remote oil filter mount that features a built-in oil pump. Simply run a -10 oil line from the oil pan to the filter mount and all you need is a drill to pre-lube your expensive race engine at the track before firing up. The system is cut from billet aluminum and features either a tube or firewall mount.
When it comes to assembling rods and pistons, spiral locks are a pain. And although wire locks are easier to work with, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. When wire locks are allowed to spin inside the piston's pin bore, the sharp edges at the ends of the wire can cut into and damage the lock grooves. Kramm-Lox is a new style of wire lock that can't rotate in the pin bore and also uses a special tool to make installation and removal literally a snap. Best of all, using the Kramm-Lox system doesn't require special modifications to the pistons you'll be using. If they are machined to accept wire locks, Kramm-Lox will work there too.
Jones Racing Products has developed an accessory drive system for small-blocks that utilizes individual belts for the alternator, power steering pump, and an external oil pump. This means each component can be driven at the precise speed necessary to work properly without wasting precious horsepower. Also, all the belts have a radius tooth for positive engagement with no slipping. And as always, all of Jones' brackets are billet aluminum for secure accessory placement with minimal vibrations.
Most racers perform a routine check on all of their suspension springs to make sure they are still at or near their stated rate. But how often do you check your sway bars? Your answer is probably, “Not very often,” but the reason for that is there really isn't an easy way to do it. But that's all changed with Bicknell Racing Products' new Sway Bar Rate Checking Tool. It's really one of those “Why didn't I think of that?” solutions in its simplicity. Basically, the tool mounts onto one of your scale pads and uses the scale as your measurement device. Install the sway bar you want to check, turn on your scale, pull the handle and check the reading. It's basically that easy. Bicknell says you can check both ends of a bar in less than five minutes. Scales, obviously, are not included.