Metal Brake Many of our body parts are hand-made in the shop. A good metal brake can be a useful tool to bend the metal precisely. Some models double as a metal shear too.

Air Rivet Gun Even if you have a single-line air system, this item makes installing and repairing your car much easier. If you've ever used one, you'll agree, this is one handy tool.

Welder There are many new models of welders out there right now, so you can upgrade your system. TIG and MIG welders, as well as the plasma cutters, all provide the capability to construct the entire chassis or do periodic maintenance and repair work on the chassis and rollcage.

Band Saw Here is a very useful item whereby you can cut small pieces safely and accurately and keep your blood where it belongs, inside the skin. Just watch those fingers.

Tubing Bender Many teams will construct their own rollcages, front and rear clips, and other chassis components using a tubing bender. This handy tool makes construction of anything that involves tubing a fun and artistic endeavor. It's just plain fun and exciting to watch a rollcage come together.

Engine Parts
Radiator If we think back on the past season we might remember we had cooling problems. Now might be a good time to consider a new and improved radiator. There are many different designs to choose from that might help you run cooler and survive the heat of summer. With it being winter right now, you might miss that one.

Gauges One of the keys to engine survival is being able to see early on when trouble starts, like when the oil or water temp goes up, or the voltage is getting low. A quality set of gauges can help prevent costly repairs on the engine by letting us know about a problem early on. Review your gauge system and think about replacement.

Fuel Cell, Pump, and Carburetor Your fuel delivery system will wear out. You need to either rebuild your old carb or think about a new one. Making the choice to purchase a new one might just save you a race failure due to a float sticking or a fuel leak that results in a damaging fire. The fuel cell, especially with the newer fuels containing ethanol and such, might need to be inspected and/or replaced. Newer additives can destroy the bonding agents that hold your cell together. The fuel lines, fuel pump gaskets and diaphragms all suffer from the effects of ethanol. Do a full inspection and replace those parts that are in question.

Heads and ValveTrain You've been running a pair of heads that you know are marginal for flow, but ones that you picked up cheap at a yard sale. With new CNC processes, you can have a set of heads that flow wicked amounts of A/F mixture and where horsepower gains are significant.

While you're at it, consider installing a whole new valvetrain that will improve the rocker ratio, increase duration, and will include lighter components. These types of parts just keep getting better and better each year.

Plug Wires, Distributor, Alternator, and Ignition Box Your engine's electrical system that feeds the plugs works very hard and does wear out. A new season requires a close look at this part of your powerplant. A failure of any one of these means a missed race. If you plan on running at the top of the points this year, make sure your electrical system is in top shape.

Shocks and Springs Shocks do a lot of work. These components must be either replaced or rebuilt at least once a season. If you ran yours all season long without inspection, they are due for a rebuild or replacement if not able to be repaired.

Consider newer designs to go along with that new setup you have in mind. Shocks complement all setups but there can be very different requirements depending on your type of racing and even your particular setup. What works for a more conventional setup will not work for a soft-spring setup.