Category: TECH

SHOP TALK – RACIN’ IS RACIN’

SHOP TALK – RACIN’ IS RACIN’

The other day, one of my buddies asked why an old friend of ours doesn’t come to the track anymore. I laughed and said, “he’s a street racer now.” My response was immediately met with another question. “Okay, but why can’t  he come to the track anymore?” In recent years, I’ve come to learn that […]

June 26, 2020 More
TOOLS & TECH – RPM Cool Tools – How Much Ya Bench?

TOOLS & TECH – RPM Cool Tools – How Much Ya Bench?

Back in our January installment of Cool Tools right here in RPM, we showed you the super versatile new Klutch Tools mill/lathe combo. The best part of having this new capability in our shop is that now we can turn and machine small parts from billet aluminum and plastic in our own shop. However, we […]

June 23, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Why Do We Do This?

SHOP TALK – Why Do We Do This?

I understand that we all have a passion for cars or I wouldn’t be writing this article and you wouldn’t be reading it. I understand that some of us get obsessive and even excessive with our cars. I also understand that our cars are supposed to bring us joy and take us away from the […]

June 22, 2020 More
TECH/SHOP TALK – Gearheads & Good Deeds

TECH/SHOP TALK – Gearheads & Good Deeds

For all of the gearheads out there, you know what I mean when I say, “we are on everyone’s speed dial.” It seems we are often called when someone is in need of our skillset rather than a simple “what’s going  on” friendship call. Many have taken advantage of my good nature, but I consider […]

June 19, 2020 More
SHOP TALK – Wiring

SHOP TALK – Wiring

When the weather takes a turn in winter’s direction around here, my phone tends to ring a lot with custom automotive work. After all, it is the season to make any necessary repairs, as well as any unnecessary upgrades (had to write that—my wife was looking over my shoulder). But for the record, there is […]

June 18, 2020 More
TECH – TOW TECH – Slow Down & Cool Off

TECH – TOW TECH – Slow Down & Cool Off

Pulling a loaded enclosed race car trailer is serious business. Hopefully you have been following along a few issues back as we went through some equipment we picked up for our custom Mopar hauler, along with some dos and don’ts for towing safety. This month we’ll tackle some issues with one of the senior members […]

June 16, 2020 More
TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – TOW TECH – Safety, Style, Function

TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK – TOW TECH – Safety, Style, Function

If you have a high performance street machine or drag car, chances are that sooner or later you are going to have to haul it somewhere. In fact, having a fully-equipped tow rig is—for many  enthusiasts, at least—one of the key steps in being ready for the race or show season and not. If you […]

June 12, 2020 More
Supercharging 101

Supercharging 101

We break down the pros and cons of three types of crank-driven boost! There are very few single parts or pieces that can add the power, look, and overall “wow factor” to a high performance street or drag car than a supercharger. As technology has advanced, so too have the types and applications available. RPM […]

June 12, 2020 More
TECH – TOW TECH – Need a Lift – Air Bag Install

TECH – TOW TECH – Need a Lift – Air Bag Install

Yes, I am guilty of it. If you consider yourself  a gearhead then you are probably guilty of it as well. What am I accusing you of? Gearheads like having toys and usually don’t have enough money to buy something new or something that is the “best” in its class—mostly because we can fix them […]

June 10, 2020 More
TOOLS/TECH – Work Smarter- Fab Better with Miller

TOOLS/TECH – Work Smarter- Fab Better with Miller

Chances are, if you are into high performance street machines or doorslammer drag cars, you fall into one of two categories: you  either can fabricate parts yourself or you wish you could. Unfortunately, around the RPM Hardcore Horsepower Garage, our fab skills aren’t yet where we’d like them to be. As a result, we decided […]

June 5, 2020 More
TOOLS – RPM Cool Tools – Rockin’ & (Slip) Rollin’

TOOLS – RPM Cool Tools – Rockin’ & (Slip) Rollin’

There’s a maddening thing about tools: the more you have, the more you want. Whether you are a newbie just beginning to outfit your shop with the essentials or an established fab shop with all the latest and greatest the tooling world has to offer, it seems as though no matter what you have, there […]

June 3, 2020 More
WELCOME TO THE NEW RPM MAGAZINE ALL DIGITAL VERSION

WELCOME TO THE NEW RPM MAGAZINE ALL DIGITAL VERSION

Well, it’s finally here….the very first ALL DIGITAL RPM MAGAZINE!  Here is just a little Teaser of the June issue.  If you were a subscriber, you would already have this in your email inbox today. Subscribe by June 1st and you will receive this issue in your email just as the thousands of other RPM […]

May 25, 2020 More
TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Shrinker Stretcher

TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Shrinker Stretcher

Metal fabrication is an acquired skill that takes patience and repetition in order to approach some level of competence. It also requires tools. In the past several months, we’ve brought you a series of Cool Tools features on metalworking tools we have added to our arsenal, including a box and pan brake, a slip roll, […]

May 21, 2020 More
TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Air Over Hydraulic Tube Bender

TECH – COOL TOOLS – Metal Fab – Air Over Hydraulic Tube Bender

For most every RPM reader, the goal is to have the fastest and nastiest car (or truck) you can afford. And for the vast majority of those individuals, the only thing more satisfying than that is to actually do it yourself. A big step in that direction is to equip your shop with the fabrication […]

May 20, 2020 More
INSTALL – NITROUS EXPRESS Billet Single Entry Crossbar Plate

INSTALL – NITROUS EXPRESS Billet Single Entry Crossbar Plate

Classes such as Ultra Street and Ultimate Street seem to be all the rage in small tire drag racing these days. There is something basic and pure about a class of small blocks on DOT 275 radials duking it out with simple plate systems. Forced induction guys get the ever-evolving 76mm turbo that has proven […]

May 18, 2020 More
INSTALL – BANG FOR YOUR BUCK – Stainless Works Exhaust – 2013 Shelby GT500

INSTALL – BANG FOR YOUR BUCK – Stainless Works Exhaust – 2013 Shelby GT500

Everybody wants more power. It’s ok to admit it. In our world there is just no such thing as “enough” horsepower. It’s more about how much can we afford to spend to make “X” more horsepower, and of course, bang for our hard earned buck. Yeah ok, on the street you can only use so […]

May 15, 2020 More
INSTALL – AFR SBF 205cc Renegade Heads & Quick Fuel Black Diamond 850 Carb

INSTALL – AFR SBF 205cc Renegade Heads & Quick Fuel Black Diamond 850 Carb

THE TEST MULE…. Breathing New life into an old star….. As speed shop owners and tuners, we strive to be at the top, showcasing our skill and abilities by trying to build the baddest engines and cars on the planet. But we need to devise ways to do this within the budgets of our customers, […]

May 13, 2020 More
TECH – RPM TECH SPECIAL – Shedding Light on Light

TECH – RPM TECH SPECIAL – Shedding Light on Light

Without getting too deep, we need to first explain what a Metal Matrix Composite is before we can even begin to talk about their current uses and wide open future in the world of automotive performance and racing. For all of practical history, it has always been “bigger must be better” thinking, however, when it […]

May 7, 2020 More
TECH – Real Racing Head Gaskets – JE Pro Series MLS

TECH – Real Racing Head Gaskets – JE Pro Series MLS

Current engine design is being transformed by the arrival of GDI  Gasoline Direct Injection). GDI requires high-pressure injectors to inject gasoline  directly into the cylinder rather than the intake port. In so doing, GDI improves fuel atomization, promotes cleaner burn, boosts fuel efficiency—and more importantly for the racing brain—improves performance. Twenty-four years ago, a similar […]

May 6, 2020 More
SAFETY – Safety First with RJS – Max Out On Safety

SAFETY – Safety First with RJS – Max Out On Safety

For our initial Safety First article we are going to discuss testing and T.P.P. (Thermal Protective Performance) ratings and what classification you need to be safe. Let’s face it, drag racing is a dangerous sport and the biggest fear on just about every drivers mind is fire. FABRICS AND RATINGS There are many different types […]

April 30, 2020 More
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