Category Archive: How Tos

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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Mar 20 2014

Spark Rehab: How to Upgrade a Vintage Points Distributor

By the 1970s, racers knew big roller-cammed motors ran a whole bunch better when converted from a points distributor to an electronic one. Those long duration roller motors idled better and seemed easier to tune with a good electronic setup. Another plus: engines like the big block Chevy—a known spark plug killer—actually became easier on …

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Mar 13 2014

How to Diagnose Common Fastener Failures

Your metal automotive fasteners can fail one of six ways. And, according to our friends ARP—an industry leader in fastener technology—each type of metallurgical failure has a unique, identifiable characteristic. And by carefully inspecting failed fastener, and correctly diagnosing the reason for their failure, you can take steps to ensure it won’t happen again. ARP …

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Mar 06 2014

How to Adjust the Fuel Level and Floats on a Holley Four-Barrel Carburetor

One of the most crucial, yet overlooked adjustments in a Holley four-barrel carburetor is the float. Adjusting the float and fuel level on a Holley four-barrel carburetor is easy if you follow a few basic steps. But it’s important to know how the fuel float system operates first. The floats, located in the fuel bowls of Holley four-barrel …

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Feb 28 2014

Hydro Dipping 101: The Process Behind T-Rex’s New Hydro Dipped Graphic Series Grilles

Hydro dipping (n.): a method for transferring printed graphics to three-dimensional surfaces by suspending chemically-activated film in a vat of water and then dipping the substrate material into the water. Make sense? Of course it doesn’t. Hydro dipping is a fairly complicated, multi-step process that requires visual aid to understand. Luckily, the good folks at …

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Feb 19 2014

Bottle Basics: Nitrous Baseline Tuning Recommendations for NOS Systems

In a recent Monday Mailbag post (2/17/2014), we responded to a question about choosing a nitrous oxide system. Although nitrous oxide is a rather simple concept, tuning your engine to take advantage of the extra power potential can be a little involved, especially when you get into the high-horsepower or multiple-jet nitrous kits. Fortunately, the gurus at …

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Feb 11 2014

Video: How to Adjust QA1 Double Adjustable Shocks to the Street or Track

The gang at QA1 gives you the lowdown on what you need to know to set your QA1 adjustable shocks to the perfect tune for your application. In this video, you’ll learn how to set your rebound and compression valving settings for both street and racetrack use, as well as your particular preferences for the …

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Jan 30 2014

Easy Lift: Installing a Daystar Lift Kit on a Jeep JK

In our opinion, Jeep should include a three-inch lift and 33-inch tires in the JK Wrangler Rubicon option package. After all, this package already includes a heavier-duty transfer case with 4:1 low range, heavier-duty Dana 44 differentials with 4.11:1 gears, selectable lockers, and a front sway bar that can be disconnected from inside the cab. So why …

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Jan 28 2014

Video: How to Install Piston Rings

Learn how to properly install piston rings by watching this six-minute Summit Racing Quick Flicks video. You’ll learn how to avoid causing damage during installation, how to identify the top of the rings, and how to clock the piston rings in the correct orientation–all of which will help you get the job done efficiently and …

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Jan 14 2014

Video: How to Select the Proper Distributor Gear

Properly mating your distributor gear to your camshaft is a critical step when building an engine. In this video, COMP Cams will explain the various types of distributor gears. They’re made from different materials: composite, bronze, cast iron, and hardened steel. You’ll learn how to figure out what materials make up your camshaft so that …

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