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MAGIC CARPET RIDE FOR BEETLE-BASED KITCARS

Whether you’re driving an air-cooled VW kitcar, a trike or a full-bodied classic sometimes the suspension needs an extra helping hand to keep the wheels and tyres turning freely, away from the arch enemy.

One way to add some extra stiffness, or subtly adjust the ride height is to install a decent coil over shock absorber, aiding the aged OE torsion bar set up in its job of supporting the vehicle’s weight.

These black and chrome ‘double eyelet’ coil-overs come from custom parts manufacturer SSP and are suitable for fitment on a number of air-cooled VW vehicles, including Beetle and Bus, depending More >

PAAA LAUNCHES ‘SMART’ CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE MODIFICATION AND RESPONSIBLE TUNING

The PAAA launches ‘SMART’ Campaign -for Safe Modification And Responsible Tuning

The Performance Automotive Aftermarket Association, the professional body and trade federation that represents the interests and values of the performance tuning industry unveiled its ‘SMART’ initiative at the Autosport International Show, 2023. The SMART campaign, which stands for Safe Modification and Responsible Tuning looks to set a quality standard for aftermarket components and their suppliers that can be easily recognised by consumers, legislators, insurers and law-enforcement alike.

In response to the changing market and pressures applied on the industry by motor manufacturers and government legislation, the SMART campaign has been introduced to provide More >

QUALITY FITTINGS

Redhorse Performance builds a lot of quality into its AN hose, fittings, and other performance plumbing components. The company does its design work in-house and CNC-machines every part to very tight tolerances. Redhorse is so sure its stuff is so good, it backs all fittings and adapters with a limited lifetime warranty.

Swivel-Seal AN Hose Ends Redhorse Performance swivel-seal AN hose ends have a double-swivel design for easy clocking and double Viton O-ring seals for leak-free performance with a wide range of fuel and fluids. The 6061 T6 aluminium hose ends are cut on CNC machine turning centres for superior thread strength and More >

QUICK SHIFTING FROM QUAIFE AND BURTON POWER

Burton Power has once again teamed up with Quaife and the result is a new Quickshift Conversion for the Type E 4-speed Rocket Gearbox (also referred to as a ‘Type B’ gearbox in some workshop manuals).

The Quickshift will shorten the path between gears making for faster and more precise gear shifting.

The Quickshift is intended for competition use and is manufactured completely from steel for ultimate strength under race conditions. It can also be used on road cars, but noise can be transmitted through the lever at certain revs and this should be considered if road use is intended.

Order as part number More >

SERVICE!

Webcon has announced that it now offers a complete service kit for a pair of Weber 38/40/45 DCOE carburettors.

The kit contains gaskets, seals, ‘O’ rings and needle valves to overhaul a pair of DCOE carburettors and comes complete with a full part identification guide to ensure you correctly locate and service all of the numerous replaceable parts in your carburettors.

Product Code: 9300150502 Price is £81 inc VAT.

Available from 01932 787 100 or by visiting www.webcon.co.uk ENDS.

IT’S NUTS!

Now have a look at this nifty new wheel nut socket from Laser Tools — one socket that actually fits four wheel-nut sizes! It’s a half-inch-drive, double-ended wheel-nut socket (part number 8458), that features a spring-loaded insert at each end that enables it to accommodate four different-sized wheel nuts in total: 17, 19, 21 and 22mm. This innovative space-saving design cuts down on the number of tools needed to be carried and is ideal where storage space is limited.

Each end includes an internal sliding socket insert that moves out of the way when the larger size is required, provided two More >

‘GAITER-AID’ FROM MINI SPARES

It’s important to keep a Mini-based kitcar’s steering and suspension gaiters in good condition to prevent road grit and debris from damaging the joint within. That’s why they should be replaced at the first sign of a split or suggestion of perishing.

Diligence is needed as, unfortunately, original rubber gaiters are prone to splitting and if subject to oil contamination can quickly perish.

Thankfully, Mini Spares has come up with polyurethane upgraded gaiters for all knuckle joints and many track-rod ends. These greatly reduce the chances of splitting and eliminate the problem of perishing.

It should be noted that this gaiter may not More >

ROBB GRAVETT LAUNCHES ROWE OIL IN THE UK

Premium oils and lubricants brand ROWE will launch its high-end and sustainably manufactured product range into the UK market at the Autosport International Show, offering a new opportunity for stockists, garages, and end users.

The German oil brand will be distributed in the UK exclusively by Deutschesol, a newly formed company with ambitious plans including an eye-catching launch display at the Autosport International Show, at stand 2464.

ROWE will make its UK debut at the show, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 12th-15th January 2023, which complements the oil brand’s ‘racetrack to the road’ circuit-based research and development programme, where its motorsport More >

LIGHTWEIGHT POWER

E3 Lithium Race Batteries are the most powerful and compact batteries on the market. For example, the SuperLite 800 is an 840-amp battery one third the size of a typical Group 34 battery and weighs just over 2kg.

Its diminutive size allows you to mount it virtually anywhere – like closer to the starter to shorten the battery cables – for even greater weight savings.

The SuperLite 1200 features 1200 cranking amps and weighs in at just over 4kg. It’s ideal for racecars not running alternators.

Additional features of E3 Lithium Race Batteries include: • Three times longer life than traditional batteries • Charges More >

PINTO BEANS

Mention Burton Power and most people will think of tuning and racing parts for Fords, but they can also supply standard replacement spares.

A case in point is this standard 215mm clutch replacement kit for the Ford SOHC Pinto which includes a clutch plate, cover, and release bearing all for just £84.95 (inc VAT).

The kit can be ordered as part number 622017506 and is suitable for Ford SOHC Pinto applications including many hundreds of kitcars. For further details contact Burton Power on 0208 554 2281 or visit www.burtonpower.com ENDS.