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PROTECT THOSE FASTENERS

I think we all know how easy it is to damage nicely-plated fasteners with heavy-handed socket use.

However, Laser Tools has the answer with six-socket inserts that fit metric fasteners from 8mm-17mm. They come in a snap-together metal ring making keeping them tidy very simple.

Choose the insert you require and slot it into the relevant socket. For example, for a 13mm fastener, the insert fits into a 17mm socket.

Part number 7463 retails at £7.63 with more information fromwww.lasertools.co.uk ENDS.

YOU WON’T BE CLUTCHING AT STRAWS

Engines rated at 800-,900-, or even 1000-plus lb/ft. of torque are not uncommon. That’s a lot of torque for a clutch assembly to handle. Years ago, racers found a solution in the twin-disc clutch. The extra disc increases the clutch assembly’s total surface area, which essentially doubles the clamping force compared to a similar single-disc clutch. A twin-disc clutch also does away with the need for a really stiff pressure plate to apply high clamp loads.

A great example of a road-spectwin-disc clutch is Tilton’s new ST-246. Designed for Tremec T-56 six-speed and TKO five-speed transmissions, Tilton borrowed technology from its racing clutches More >

TURN ON THE RADIO …

Bluetooth streaming and hands-free ability with a hefty DAB+ radio reception thrown in?

That’s exactly what the Pioneer SDA-11DAB promises and that’s what it delivers.

Stream Smartphone and Spotify content to your head unit thanks to the Bluetooth interface while crystal clear DAB+ radio signals are also beamed into your cabin via the palm-sized display unit.

If your car needs some new-age tech, but your head unit won’t allow you to indulge, Pioneer’s SDA-11 DAB is here to help overcome any shortcomings. It wears a retail price of £109 and is available from www.pioneer-car.eu ENDS.

 

REBEL PERFORMANCE MACHINES TAKES OVER THE TR1KE

Rebel Performance Machines has announced the purchase of worldwide design and manufacturing rights for the exo-skeletal Yamaha R1-powered tR1ke and the Suzuki Hayabusa-powered Triabusa three-wheelers.

With the company’s design, engineering and manufacturing background, Rebel Performance Machines feel this is a great opportunity to bring new energy into both models to develop them further as a super-light, superfast, fun and exciting cars for the kitcar builder.

The company’s ethos is to provide high-quality kits with great options to customise the build coupled with detailed build manuals to ensure the process is enjoyable and easy to complete. Rebel boss, Daviod Cunningham told me: “We More >

NOT JUST TOOLS

While I was at Great British Sports Cars last week and being blown away by developments at the Nottinghamshire-based company including a sneak peek of a new GBS model called the, oooh sorry I’m not allowed to say just yet. It looks very cool, though. I did bag a drive of the brand new Zero Gen 2.Very good.

I also spied a stunning-looking Ford Escort Mk2 in their workshop. Initially, I thought it was a nice restoration job on a metal-bodied car, but oh no …

There’s a lot more to it than that. GBS is working with leading North Wales rally More >

GRADIENT ON THE RISE

Latest company to join the likes of Jenvey, ATR, Omex and ATR offering direct-to-head throttle body kits is Gradient Engineering, based in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Mechanical engineer, Paul Griffin is the man behind the new products.

Gradient’s range currently works on Ford CVH and Zetec and Mazda N/A and N/B engines and are beautifully made from billet aluminium.

For what seems like a bargain £1250 you get the bodies, fuel rail, linkages, velocity stacks (trumpets, to you and me!) and the appropriate mountings to fit to Zetec or CVH. The direct-to-head throttle bodies are a no-compromise design that ensures that whatever engine they are More >

MORE NEW KIT FROM KITSPARES

Latest new parts to join the growing inventory at Kit Spares include

ATR Products Fuel Pressure Regulator 2.7, 3.0 and 3.5 bar at £93.96 / https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1324

LED Head Lights from £78 / https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=709&search=LED

ATR Products Fuel Filler Caps – Vented and Non-vented £78 https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1127

Yellow Paint marker for nuts, bolts & all surfaces / £8.88 / https://www.kitspares.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1102

You can find out more information all of the company’s parts via www.kitspares.co.ukENDS.

MERLIN CAPS IT ALL

Among the many quality products stocked by Merlin Motorsport at their base at the iconic Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire are a large selection of fuel caps.

These include a good choice of Aero Flush Fitting Caps with all associated funnels and fitting rings on their website.

You’ll also find a variety of classic styles including Aston Martin-style caps used on many classic and kitcars. The Aston caps feature a quick release action and are available in a choice of finishes to retain the classic look, but also don’t look out of place on some newer applications.

Also see the Monza style fuel More >

REAL PRECISION

If ever the term ‘really useful’ could be applied to a precision screwdriver set, then this is the one! This 108-piece set from Kamasa Tools (part number 56121) is so much more than just a screwdriver set.

Being a precision screwdriver line-up, it is ideal for a number of different uses, including computers, phones, electronics, etc, but as well as including 90 (yes, 90!) precision bits, it also comes with a number of very useful accessories.

The list of bits is extensive: 10 x Phillips, 8 x PzDrive, 2 x Tri-wing, 14 x Flat, 8 x Star (5 sided), 20 x Star More >

AEROFLOW NOS FITTINGS

Most nitrous oxide kits come from America and their fittings usually aren’t compatible with our Gen II NOS bottles or BOC NOS bottles.

Now, thanks to Aeroflow, the problem has been solved. It has just released a pair of Nitrous Bottle Adaptors to fit the -04 AN and -06 AN-threads commonly found on US nitrous kits, so that they will accept UK/European gas bottles.

The adaptors are produced from aluminium and are CNC-machined for a precision fit.

They retail from £23.99 each inc VAT. For more details contact 01268 764 411 or visit www.b-gdirect.com ENDS.