Racing is rough on parts. Lots of stuff is simply considered the cost of doing business. New rings, springs, and valves during an engine rebuild, for instance. Or maybe driveline seals and Heim joints at the end of every season. Like oil, spark plugs, and filters, when the cost of a component failure far outweighs the cost of replacement, that part is considered a consumable.

But that doesn't mean that everything normally considered a consumable must be tossed into the trash can at the end of the season, or even when a component stops functioning as it should.

A perfect example is CV Products' Spin billet aluminum fuel pumps. Many cast pumps can go for anywhere between $25 and $100, so they are simply much easier to replace than repair. But those pumps are designed for street use, and in a high-horsepower race car often can't move the volume of fuel required to adequately feed the engine. CV's Spin Mechanical Fuel Pumps, however, are designed expressly to meet the demands of racing.

In fact, CV originally designed the pump for NASCAR Sprint Cup race teams before they started using cable-operated pumps mounted to the rear of the engine. The cast pumps Chevrolet teams were using were prone to breaking whenever the car took a hard lick against the wall on the right-front corner and leaked fuel onto hot exhaust headers. But instead of breaking, CV's billet aluminum pump design bends, keeping the fuel where it belongs and making racers safer in the event of a wreck.

Besides being safer, the Spin billet pumps are also capable of flowing much more fuel and higher pressures than almost any other pump. Because of this, the pumps have become quite popular among racers in a wide variety of classes.

If purpose-built racing fuel pumps like the CV Spin line has a drawback, it's expense. Billet anything is almost always more expensive than its cast counterpart, but the upside is that the CV pump is infinitely rebuildable. So instead of throwing out a damaged or worn pump, a team can rebuild their CV pump and over time it actually becomes more economical than the cheaper “disposable” pumps.

That's exactly the situation we ran into with one of our Dirt Late Model teams. There was one of those “oops” situations that too often happen when everyone is rushing to make last-minute changes to the car while track officials are busy yelling that they should already be in the staging lanes. In this particular case, a jackstand wasn't positioned correctly and when the car was lowered off the jack the fuel pump was damaged when it hit the stand.

But instead of breaking, CV's billet aluminum pump design bends, keeping the fuel where it belongs and making racers safer in the ...

Fortunately, CV's Chad Brooks says that the company offers every part for their pumps in several different kits, so no damage is irreparable. A fuel pump's internals are prone to wear over time, so it's a good idea for teams to rebuild their fuel pump every offseason to minimize the chance of a failure causing a DNF. The Spin pumps are also designed so that no special tools are required, so any racer can do this themselves. Brooks showed us the process, and honestly, we were surprised at how simple and straightforward it is.

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