Articles written by: Wayne Scraba

Wayne Scraba is a diehard car guy and regular contributor to OnAllCylinders. He’s owned his own speed shop, built race cars, street rods, and custom motorcycles, and restored muscle cars. He’s authored five how-to books and written over 4,500 tech articles that have appeared in sixty different high performance automotive, motorcycle and aviation magazines worldwide.

Battery Mounting Tips: How to Mount Your Battery for Optimal Safety and Track Performance
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Battery Mounting Tips: How to Mount Your Battery for Optimal Safety and Track Performance

Few of us give consideration to how and why battery mounting can be used as an advantage. We know that the majority of drag cars and many street/strip machines have […]

Battery 411: Everything You Need to Know About High Performance Batteries
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Battery 411: Everything You Need to Know About High Performance Batteries

Forget gasoline or ethanol. Your car doesn’t run on petrochemicals; it runs on electricity. And for the most part, the power source in that car is a battery (or two). […]

A Little Setback: Engine Mounting Strategies for Drag Racing
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A Little Setback: Engine Mounting Strategies for Drag Racing

Just how important is engine mounting in a drag car? Very. Consider the case of a common rear-wheel drive production line car: Typically, mounts are laid out in a three-point […]

Race Tire Tutorial: A Guide to Tire Tubes, Tire Screws, and Beadlocks (and What’s Right for You)!
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Race Tire Tutorial: A Guide to Tire Tubes, Tire Screws, and Beadlocks (and What’s Right for You)!

Go to a dragstrip and you’ll see cars with beadlocks, tire screws, and what appears to be nothing holding the tire bead to the wheel rim. Some cars will run […]

High-Po Piston Tech: What You Should Know About Ring Lands and Grooves
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High-Po Piston Tech: What You Should Know About Ring Lands and Grooves

When it comes to pistons, the most common arrangement you’ll encounter makes use of three piston rings — compression, second, and oil. Today, we’re turning our focus to the areas of the […]

Weight Training: Everything You Need to Know About Race Car Weight Distribution and Scales
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Weight Training: Everything You Need to Know About Race Car Weight Distribution and Scales

All things being equal, a lightweight race car will always be quicker and faster than a heavy one. But even if you can’t take pounds out of the car, it’s […]

Drag Slicks and Traction: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to Slicks
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Drag Slicks and Traction: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to Slicks

In the last issue, we wrote about how to stuff larger tires inside your ride. While that article focused on filling up existing wheel wells with larger rubber, it also brought […]

Big Tire Tech: How to Stuff the Back of Your Car with Big Tires
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Big Tire Tech: How to Stuff the Back of Your Car with Big Tires

Big back tires have always been the telltale sign of a true ground pounder. In some cars, it’s easy to stuff the back-end full of rubber without resorting to reconstructive surgery (tubs, moving […]

Launch Control: The 6 Acceleration Forces You Must Control to Win at the Dragstrip
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Launch Control: The 6 Acceleration Forces You Must Control to Win at the Dragstrip

When your race car is staged and the last yellow light blinks off, the car experiences a number of forces — all of which you must control for at least […]

Wheeling & Dealing: How to Set Up and Adjust a Wheelie Bar
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Wheeling & Dealing: How to Set Up and Adjust a Wheelie Bar

Nosebleed wheel stands are the poster children of drag racing. Everyone likes to see them, but for the most part, they’re not all that conducive to running a low ET […]