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How to avoid engine knock and pinging
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So what exactly is engine knock and how dangerous is it? What causes engine knock and how can it be avoided?

You may notice a knocking or rattling noise from your engine or a sudden loss of power under full throttle.

Immediately back off the throttle and only use low rpm engine speeds until you can get the engine investigated.

The chances are that you are suffering from a condition known as “engine knock”.

Fitting Strut Braces and how to install a strut brace
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Fitting a strut brace and performance benefits "Strut your funky stuff" Think of a car like a shoebox with no lid. It will flex as you twist it and this is not good for handling. Whilst the roof of the car affords a lot of rigidity there is still scope for flexing under cornering and […]

Choosing cam profile for fast road and track.
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Camshafts durations and profiles. "Cam(alot) of power!" Cam profiles and cam durations. The cam shaft controls the inlet and outlet ports. A pear shaped lobe on the shaft keeps the valve closed until the pointy bit rotates producing lift and opening the valve. Double overhead cams have separate profiles for inlet and outlet ports and […]

Alloy wheels and their impact on handling and performance.
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Some rally style alloy wheels are lighter – (less weight = more speed) and also are designed to increase the cooling of the brake disks.

Some designs hold up better to being curbed than others and some break very easily when hitting a pothole or curb at speed.

Always go for the best quality alloy wheel that you can afford and read the reports and reviews. If you do go for a different overall size you must get the suspension and tracking realigned to avoid uneven wear under acceleration.

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Quick shift gearstick quickshift kits
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Being able to change gear as quickly as possible can make a big difference in time critical situations like drag racing and even track day racing.

The slowest component in any car is the driver and there is little that can be done to improve that. A quick shift kit will help to give you the competitive edge by enabling faster gear changes and allowing more ‘feel’ by reducing play.

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