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OTC's Wheel Hub Resurfacing Kit
Here's a really cool product we wish we had designed. Part of doing brake inspections involves cleaning the hub surface, which is easily caked with rust, road grime, and brake dust. It's important to have the wheel fit completely flush against the hub when you put it back on, so most people clean the hub with a Scotch-Brite pad on an angle grinder. The problem is, you can't get all the way around the wheel studs on some applications because the pad won't fit in all the crevasses. This tool does, and its design is very clever. Look for OTC PN 8342. It comes with the arbor for your angle grinder and five abrasive pads. You can find them online for about $27.00.
Learn More: OTC/SPX; Owatonna, MN; 507/455-7223; OTCtools.com
First of all, the abrasive disc is much smaller in diameter than the typical Scotch-Brite
Second, it's hollow like a doughnut. It fits over the stud so you can clean all the way ar
New 5.0L Exhaust
What It Is: Stainless Works full exhaust for '11 Mustang GTs
Why You Care: It's no secret we're big fans of the new 5.0L Mustang. Stainless Works wasted no time getting a car in its shop and developing a stem-to-stern 3-inch exhaust kit. The headers have 1 7/8-inch primary tubes and 3-inch merge collectors. The intermediate pipes are available with high-flow catalysts or off-road test pipes with no cats. The third component contains an X-shaped cross-pipe and chambered or straight-through mufflers. Everything follows the factory routing and attaches to the stock hangers.
How Much: The headers cost $950.00, the headers and cats run $1,450.00, and the after-cat system is an additional $1,050.00.
We Say: Check out the videos on Stainless Works' website-this system sounds killer.
Learn More: Stainless Works; Chagrin Falls, OH; 800/878-3635; StainlessWorks.net
Bluestuff-Made of Aramids, not Smurfs
What It Is: EBC's new Bluestuff brake pads
Why You Care: Though they are marketed as racing pads, EBC's literature states that these pads are equally at home on the street and on the road course. The friction material is made with Aramid fibers, a synthetic compound first manufactured by DuPont under the trade name Nomex-it's the stuff used in firesuits and body armor. It's strong, light, tough, and extremely resistant to heat-all the characteristics that make good brake pads. They have an excellent coefficient of friction, their high temperature characteristics make them resistant to fade, and they are much easier on brake rotors than other performance pads, especially semimetallic compounds. Another cool factoid is that EBC bakes these pads in a 1,000-degree oven before packaging them to be shipped. The company's literature states that a brand-new set of pads is fully bedded in just one or two warm-up laps on a track.
How Much: Depends on the application. Prices range from $99.00 to $199.00. As an example, front pads for an '02 Chevrolet Camaro cost $149.00.
We Say: Check out EBC's website. The company makes brakes for everything-even mountain bikes.
Learn More: EBC Brakes USA; Sylmar, CA; 818/362-5534; EBCbrakes.com
One Torch to Weld in All Places
What It Is: Weldcraft's new WP-225 torch
Why You Care: Here's a cool TIG-welding torch that works with water-cooled welders. The flexible neck is useful when trying to weld in tight spots, but even better than that is the fact that this single torch will accept a bunch of different-shaped tips, meaning you can weld nearly any joint in any position. It's good for making rollcages or headers where access can be extremely limited.
How Much: It depends on where you buy, but look to spend about $100.00 for the torch.
We Say: Making your own headers is cool.
Learn More: Weldcraft; Appleton, WI; 800/752-7620; Weldcraft.com