Category Archive: DIY Garage

Apr 15 2014

Video: How to Choose a Rocker Arm Mounting Style

Which rocker arm mounting system is best for your application? You’ll find out by watching this five-minute Summit Racing Quick Flicks video. In it, the Summit Racing crew will explain the difference between pedestal-mount rocker arms versus stud-mount rocker arms versus shaft-mount rocker arm systems. Click play and learn the difference!    

Apr 14 2014

Monday Mailbag: Tips for Properly Routing Fuel Lines

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we offer up tips for routing your fuel lines. J.H. Boston, MA Q: I am getting ready to plumb my fuel system and can use some advice on routing the fuel lines. What’s the best way …

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Apr 11 2014

How it Works: Better Performance with Moroso’s Air/Oil Separator

Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) systems were created for a reason. These systems alleviate combustion pressure from an engine’s crankcase by using engine vacuum to suck the pressure out of the crankcase. Once the air pressure is drawn out of the crankcase, it is reintroduced into the intake charge as it enters the engine. While PCV systems play …

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Apr 10 2014

8 Tips for Properly Installing Copper Head Gaskets

When stepping up to performance cylinder head gaskets, your first order of business will be choosing the gasket material best suited for your application. See our How to Choose the Right Gasket post for a quick reference as to which material makes the most sense for you. Because of its durability, copper gaskets are commonly …

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Apr 07 2014

Monday Mailbag: Tips for a Better Cruising Car

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we help a reader get ready for summer cruising with a few upgrades to his Ford Torino. T.P. New Brighton, PA Q: Recently, I purchased a 1970 Ford Torino, completely stock and original, with 84,000 miles, …

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Apr 04 2014

Ask Away: Can I Use a Rectangular Port Intake with Big Oval Port Heads?

I am thinking of using a big block Chevy rectangle port intake manifold on a set of aluminum Edelbrock heads that have big oval ports. Will that be okay or will there be a big horsepower loss? I’ve read that you shouldn’t do this because the engine will suffer a big power loss. I was …

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Apr 03 2014

Headers Won’t Fit? 7 Common Installation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

You want more power. You know that for sure. What you don’t know is why your new headers—the headers you bought to help you get that extra power—just won’t fit your vehicle. You gave your sales rep your vehicle application, the intended purpose of your vehicle, and where you’d like to see your power gains …

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Apr 01 2014

Mailbag: Inertia-Based vs. Time-Based Brake Controllers

You’ve got questions. We’ve got the answers—Mondays when the Summit Racing tech department tackles your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we waited until Tuesday to talk about the differences inertia-based and time-based brake controllers. M.G. Charlotte, NC Q: I am looking for a good, reliable brake controller for my trailer. Can you provide me with some …

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Mar 28 2014

Rutledge Wood Plymouth Suburban Wagon Update: The Parts Arrive

  So what’s new with Rutledge Wood and Summit Racing’s latest project, the 1953 Plymouth Suburban two-door station wagon? Parts, that’s what. For those who’ve arrived late to the wagon party, the Plymouth was given to Rutledge by NASCAR legend Richard Petty. The car will combine traditional hot rod style with modern mechanicals, including a …

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Mar 27 2014

Big Blue XJ Cherokee (Part Two): Skyjacker Lift Kit

In this episode of our Big Blue Cherokee series, our recycled 1989 XJ Cherokee (soon to be a superior trail rig) becomes a roller thanks to a new Skyjacker six inch lift kit, new front brakes, and a set of Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires. The goal of this project is to turn the Cherokee into a …

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