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Do I Need A Recovery Tank?

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Apr 5, 2019 5:18:53 PM

With tight budgets, track rules and other build limitations, knowing what components to include or omit on your build can be difficult.  Performance upgrades are always at the top of the modifications wish list.  However, as you add performance and push the limitations of your car it is important to support those upgrades with the right components.

A recovery tank can often be one of those components that needs to be considered.  But how do you know if you need one?

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Topics: Product Tech, Engine Cooling Technology

8 Awesome Engine Bays That Feature Aluminum Tanks

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Jun 19, 2018 4:13:21 PM

There is nothing like a nice clean engine bay.  One of the easiest ways to improve your engine bay is to remove and replace as many of the plastic components as possible. Doing this can make a huge difference when opening the hood of your car.  Tanks are one of the most common plastic elements in an engine bay.  Unlike an engine cover though, they can't just be removed and thrown away.  They serve a functional purpose that will need to be addressed.  Replacing them with aluminum not only improves the aesthetics but also prevents the common failure of aging plastic tanks. Keep reading to see some of the great engine bays we have seen featuring aluminum tanks.

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Topics: News & Trends, Engine Cooling Technology, Tanks

What causes oil pressure problems?

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Mar 7, 2018 12:18:42 PM

There are a number different direct and indirect causes for oil pressure problems. Everything from incorrect set up to incorrect installation can create an oil pressure issue.  There are even situations that can cause oil pressure drops despite the correct parts selection and flawless execution.  In these cases a Dry sump system or even an Oil Accumulator such as the Accusump can prevent catastrophic engine failure.

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Topics: Engine Maintenance, Engine Oil System Technology, Oil Pans

Size Matters - Calculating Expansion Tank Size Requirements

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Jan 12, 2018 10:32:40 AM

The main job of an expansion tank has to do with, not surprisingly, expansion.  As a basic requirement, expansion tanks should allow enough space for coolant to expand at normal operating temperature and not be pushed out of the pressure relief fitting in the neck. 

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Topics: Product Tech, Engine Cooling Technology, Tanks

Setting up Your Cooling System - Expansion vs Recovery Tanks

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Oct 30, 2017 3:47:18 PM

Cooling systems are one of the most important systems in an engine.  Running an engine too hot can cause fluids and parts to break down an can ultimately lead to a catastrophic failure.  At the same time an engine that is running too cold can be inefficient and poor performing.

There are two ways that engines have traditionally been cooled, by air and by water. Many old cars and even some newer motorcycles feature air cooled engines.   However, most modern cars require liquid cooled systems. 

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Topics: Product Tech, Engine Cooling Technology, Tanks

How to Estimate Your Engine's Required Fuel Flow.

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Sep 1, 2017 12:49:51 PM

We are occasionally asked, what fuel flow do I need to support my application?  Or, will your fuel filter flow enough for my engine?  These are important questions when selecting fuel filters, lines, and pumps for a performance engine.  You want to be sure that your components can deliverer the fuel needed to supply your thirsty engine.    

Fuel makes power.  Different types of fuel make different amounts of power.  By knowing the amount of power your engine makes or is expected to make and the type of fuel you will be running you can calculate your engine's required fuel consumption and flow.

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Topics: Product Tech

How to Change your Oil with an Accusump

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Aug 11, 2017 4:31:19 PM

Changing your oil is a job that every gear head can do easily.  However, adding an Accusump to the car can make this engine maintenance task a bit more complicated.  There are a few extra steps required to be sure your Accusump is operating properly and getting its share of fresh oil.

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Topics: Engine Maintenance, Reducing Engine Wear, Engine Oil System Technology, How to Guides

Windage & How it Affects Your Motor

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Jul 11, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Windage a very commonly misunderstood occurrence in an engine. With a good understanding of what it is you can negate its effects and improve the performance and longevity of your engine...

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Topics: Reducing Engine Wear, Product Tech, Engine Oil System Technology, Oil Pans

Pros and Cons of the LS engine.

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Jul 6, 2017 12:00:39 PM

Over the last 10 years the LS engine has rose to prominence.  The engine's performance potential and tight package along with high engine availability has created the perfect storm for the automotive aftermarket. Crazy swaps have pushed the LS into a level of its own. Chevy LS engines have found their way into everything from Classic muscles cars to lightweight sports cars like the Miata. This potential has even caused some series to ban LS swaps...

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Topics: Reviews & Comparisons, Engine Oil System Technology

The Science of Oil Slosh & What is going on in your oil pan.

Posted by Jeff Behuniak on Jun 28, 2017 11:45:00 AM
A lot of what happens in a motor is difficult to see. When a motor is running everything on the bottom end is closed up and hidden from view. This makes issues really difficult to pinpoint. In these cases guess and check can sometimes feel like the only way to figure out your problem. However, sometimes there are theories in play that can help solve issues.......
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Topics: Reducing Engine Wear, Product Tech, Engine Oil System Technology, Oil Pans

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