Lock Down Your Hard Work with ARP Bolts and Lube

When it comes to labors of love like ours, it can be easy to focus on flashy components that bring big gains in performance and appearance. But the support pieces, especially the ones behind the scenes (or in our case, under the hood), are every bit as important as the showpieces. Automotive Racing Products provides a full line of hardworking “detail” items that can make (instead of break) our efforts. Today we’re taking a look at bolts for several different applications, as well as the premium lubricant that enables tip-top performance.

First up are Timing Cover Bolts for LS1 and LS2 engines. These chrome-molybdenum (moly) Timing Cover Bolts come in black oxide with either hex (134-1501) or 12-pt (134-1502) heads.

Next up are Intake Manifold Bolts, which boast a PSI tensile strength of 170,000—a number that exceeds Grade 8 specifications. You’ll enjoy perfectly aligned threads; even loading thanks to wide head flanges; and hardened, ground washers for accurate torque loading. Proper-fitting Intake Manifold Bolts maintain flush seals under the rigors of aggressive driving. Check them out in hex stainless steel (444-2001), hex black oxide (144-2001), 12-point stainless steel (444-2101), or 12-point black oxide (144-2101).

ARP’s Torque Converter Bolts fit GM 200, 700, 4L60, and 4L80 transmissions. They’ve been heat treated to 200,000 tensile strength and feature hardened, parallel-ground washers. You can let go of any shearing worries with these bolts, which maintain a tight grip you can count on. Take a look at the 230-7304 Torque Converter Bolts here.

Finally, Automotive Racing Products’ Moly Assembly Lubricant is perfect for all the fasteners on your ride. It maintains its effectiveness over a wide range of extreme temperatures (-30 to 750 F), inhibits corrosion and rust, and overcomes thread friction to ensure more accurate torque readings. It’s the final touch that will make a big difference. Check out 100-9903 Moly Assembly Lubricant here.

CarTech’s Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981

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A huge trend in today’s performance-modification aftermarket is swapping a modern LS engine into iconic cars from years past, putting optimized V8 power into classic body styles. PerformanceParts.com is on the leading edge of this revolution (we have an entire section of our website devoted to engines, parts, and accessories), but we aren’t doing it alone. CarTech harnessed the talents of freelance journalist and racing fanatic Eric McClellan to write Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981, providing the definitive resource for intrepid modders willing to undertake this exciting project.

McClellan doesn’t just lead readers through the process; he takes the time to set them up for success from the get-go. He starts by distinguishing between different types of LS engines (including Gen III, Gen IV & others), outlining the criteria that make one or the other suitable for the type of build the reader intends to create. McClellan even goes so far as to educate his audience on how to shop for and choose used LS engines from salvage yards, thus avoiding the traps that might otherwise befall those not fully educated about the process.

With the reader having chosen the perfect engine, McClellan launches into his tale, starting with the engine and its subframe, including mounts and oil pans, and continuing on with the chassis and suspension, including wheels, tires, and brakes; front-drive accessories, including balances and dampeners; the fuel system, including pump, filter, and tank replacement; the cooling system, including heater outlets and electric fan; the transmission, including new and vintage styles; wiring, including gauges and ECM calibration; and exhaust and induction, including oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981 wraps up with Chapter 10, which details a final checklist of inspections for leaks, nuts and bolts, and the first firing/test drive of the new engine.

The folks over at CarTech do a fantastic job of producing thorough, readable, and knowledgeable how-to guides that span the spectrum of aesthetic and performance automotive modification. Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981 sets the pace for an audience hungry for the most accurate and user-friendly information they can find regarding the current LS-swapping frenzy. Click here to order your own copy of Swap LS Engines into Camaros & Firebirds 1967–1981.

Size:                 8.5” x 11”
Type:               Softbound
Pages:             144
Photos:           409 full-color photos

CarTech’s High-Performance Ignition Systems

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When you think about our industry (or enthusiast hobby, depending on your perspective), some facets are decidedly more flashy than others: lighting, engines, boosts, rims, roll bars, raised suspensions, custom paint jobs, and similar effects. Some other details, such as the ignition system (bet you didn’t see that one coming), do their work quietly behind the scenes—until they don’t. Most of us can’t tell an Ohm from a volt from an amp, and yet understanding such concepts is critical to both modifying and maintaining the rides we hold so dear. Industry writer and automotive technician Todd Ryden accepted CarTech’s challenge to take what can be a complicated topic and communicate it in a relatable, engaging way. Suffice it to say, after reading High-Performance Ignition Systems, you’ll never look at coils, batteries, sparkplugs, cylinders, magnets, or wires the same way again.

Ryden approached High-Performance Ignition Systems from the perspective of readers wanting to know how to optimize ignition systems for both street and race applications. He sets an informative tone from the very beginning by giving us a little science lesson on electricity itself (you know, the mysterious current that makes possible all that stuff we love?). Don’t worry; Ryden understands the topic well enough to make it interesting to the laymen among us.

After we gain a newfound appreciation for the level of engineering sophistication that goes on under even the most average of hoods, High-Performance Ignition Systems leads us through chapters covering topics both basic and advanced. You’ll learn the ins and outs of distributors (if your ride still runs with one); ignition timing; ignitions; coils, wires, and plugs; RPM limiters; advanced ignition tuning using computers, retrofit ignitions; and batteries and charging. The tenth and final chapter is devoted entirely to definitions and diagrams, putting useful information and visual guides all in one easy-to-reference place—including troubleshooting your CD ignition.

The folks over at CarTech do a fantastic job of producing thorough, readable, and knowledgeable how-to guides that span the spectrum of aesthetic and performance automotive modification. High-Performance Ignition Systems, here revised and updated, is sure to become your go-to reference for issues related to this intricate and surprisingly wondrous automotive system. Click here to order your own copy of High-Performance Ignition Systems.

Size:                 8.5” x 11”
Type:               Softbound
Pages:             144
Photos:           288 full-color photos and charts

Facilitate a Smart LS Swap with Hooker Headers Primary Exhaust Tubing

If you’re contemplating an LS engine swap for a ’67–’69 GM F-Body Camaro/Firebird or ’68–’74 GM X-Body Apollo/Omega/Nova/Ventura (we’ve got some information you’ll want to see here), Hooker Headers’ latest lineup of Primary Exhaust Tubing is just what you need to enjoy a flawless conversion. Available in varying tube widths, lengths (long & mid), and finishes (black painted, silver ceramic, black ceramic & stainless steel), Hooker Headers Primary Exhaust Tubing is made in the USA and features designs intended to maximize ground clearance and increase torque and horsepower.

Hooker Headers Primary Exhaust Tubing Details

  • Primary tubing encased by high-quality steel
  • Tubing is carefully calibrated to optimize both clearance and engine power
  • Designed to work with HOOKER™ engine and transmission mounting components
  • Half-height mounts will require modified floor panels
  • Not compatible with factory column shift linkage; aftermarket column linkage or cable kits are required if you desire a column shift setup
  • Not legal for sale or use on pollution-controlled engines

In addition to the full suite of Primary Exhaust Tubing, Hooker Headers is offering a few related products that will help out with your LS engine swap, including 12618HKR Engine Mounting Brackets and Transmission Cross Members for both automatic (12625HKR) and manual (12626HKR) transmissions.

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CarTech’s Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001

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sa-cartech_SA259Author and Cherokee maven Eric Zappe has been down this rocky, twisting, tortuous, rumbling road before. CarTech tapped him to write its first comprehensive guide to the Jeep Cherokee, High-Performance Jeep Cherokee XJ Builder’s Guide: 1984–2001. So then why, as Zappe himself questions, this follow-up? The answer is simple: next-level customization. A legion of Cherokee fans has engendered a robust aftermarket, but those drivers who desire truly unique rides enjoy out-of-the-box specs at least as much as they like to head off-road. Enter the author’s second book on the subject, Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001, which draws inspiration from Zappe’s own creative mind as well as other forward-thinking Cherokee artisans.

In a sense, the ideas that appear in Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001 are a form of art. Beyond the world of bolt-on parts exists a realm where drivers truly make Cherokees their own. Such efforts inevitably involve personal fabrication, but are not, as Zappe believes, beyond the abilities of aficionados armed with the right tools, motivation, and how-to instruction. The latter, of course, appears in great abundance within the pages of Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001. The book presents nine comprehensive chapters chock full of indispensable technical information, road-tested techniques, and spot-on advice culled from Zappe’s real-world trial and error.

The book begins by discussing welding (tools and techniques), strengthening the Cherokee’s unibody, and building an inline 6 stroker engine to allow for greater traction in the most extreme conditions. Chapters 4 and 5 discuss front axle swaps and rear axle swaps, respectively, while Chapters 6 and 7 give you everything you could ever want on front and rear suspensions (3-link and 4-link), again respectively. Sections on steering and roll cages round out Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001; discussions here include topics such as hydraulic-assisted steering, roll cage design, tube bending, and construction tips. Sprinkled throughout the book are in-depth spotlights of particularly inspiring and relevant Jeep Cherokee builds from teams around the country, showing techniques in action and proving that Zappe knows a good thing when he sees it.

The folks over at CarTech do a fantastic job of producing thorough, readable, and knowledgeable how-to guides that span the spectrum of aesthetic and performance automotive modification. Eric Zappe’s guide to transcendent Jeep Cherokee design is a must-read for owners with the ambition and creativity necessary to birth truly singular automotive expressions. Click here to order your own copy of Jeep Cherokee XJ Advanced Performance Modifications: 1984–2001.

Size:                 8.5” x 11”
Type:               Softbound
Pages:             144
Photos:           374 full-color photos and charts

Get Ready to Roar with Corvette Axle-Back Exhaust System

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The quad center rear exit tells you most of what you need to know about MagnaFlow’s new Axle-Back Exhaust System for the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7 (6.2L V8): This is one wicked-looking, wicked-performing aftermarket mod. What’s more, the Axle-Back Exhaust System comes in two finishes—bright stainless steel or stealthy black—so you’re sure to find a match for your preferred visual style. But let’s dive into the nuts and bolts.

The MagnaFlow Axle-Back Exhaust System is precision crafted from corrosion-resistant stainless steel. In fact, MagnaFlow backs up its products with some pretty robust warranties: lifetime on the stainless steel and lifetime (construction)/1 year (finish) for the black. The mandrel-bent Axle-Back Exhaust System for Corvette is overlap welded and comes with 2.5”/3” OD tubing, a 5” x 8” x 11” muffler with steel-mesh core, 4-1/2” matching tips, and an installation profile that’s bolt-on ready.

Acoustically, the Corvette C7–specific Axle-Back Exhaust System produces a satisfying growl at speed and a chest-stirring rumble at idle. Functionally, the system whisks away exhaust to keep your ride operating at top efficiency. Head on over to our online store and take a look at the next-level exhaust system Corvette owners have been waiting for!

Part Number              Style
15225                          Stainless Steel
15316                          Black

MagnaFlow Short-Tube Exhaust Headers Vaporize the Competition

MagnaFlow Short-Tube Exhaust Headers

Street legal in 49 states, MagnaFlow’s performance-ready Short-Tube Exhaust Headers liberate your ride to operate at peak efficiency. If you want to get more oomph out of your driving experience, you need to uncork all the bottlenecks in your system that are holding you back. Among the first places to look is your exhaust system, as restricted flow could be robbing you of precious horsepower and torque—not to mention the rush of being not-so-gently pinned to the back of your seat. Enter the new Short-Tube Exhaust Headers from MagnaFlow.

PerformanceParts.com stocks Short-Tube Exhaust Headers for several different engines (listed below), including those for 300s, Camaros, Challengers, Chargers, Corvettes, Firebirds, and Magnums. Crafted from mandrel-bent stainless steel and incorporating warp-resistant, CNC-machined flanges and a titanium-ceramic coating, MagnaFlow Short-Tube Exhaust Headers hurry fumes out of your system at a breathtaking pace. The Short-Tube Exhaust Headers are made in America and come with all hardware needed for installation.

MagnaFlow Short-Tube Exhaust Header Highlights

  • High-temperature titanium-ceramic coating
  • 16-gauge stainless steel
  • CNC-machined flanges
  • Integrated emission-sensor ports


Part Number              Year/Vehicle (Engine)
700009                        08–13 LS3 Corvette (6.2 L)
700009                        05–07 LS3 Corvette (6.0 L)
700006                        95–04 LS1 Corvette (5.7 L)
700005                        10–13 LS3 Camaro (6.2 L)
700004                        01–02 LS1 Camaro/Firebird (5.7 L)
700003                        2000 LS1 Camaro/Firebird (5.7 L)
700002                        98–99 LS1 Camaro/Firebird (5.7 L)
700012                        05–13 LX Challenger/Charger/Magnum/300 (5.7 L)

WRX Gets Some Love from MagnaFlow

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Whether you’re running a Subaru Impreza WRX Touring or Sport sedan from 2011–2014, or planning to downshift in a new 2015 model, MagnaFlow’s got two premium Cat-Back Performance Exhaust Systems you need to check out.

Engineered and manufactured to MagnaFlow’s exacting and industry-leading standards, the 15471 Touring Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System and 15472 Sport Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System benefit from multi-spectrum dynamic testing and all–stainless steel construction. You’ll appreciate immediate gains in horsepower and torque—not to mention the satisfying baritone sound and sleek quad split rear exit configuration that lets everyone know you’re running premium equipment.

MagnaFlow stands behind these mandrel-bent Performance Cat-Back Exhaust Systems with lifetime warranties, so you know the company is serious about build quality. The corrosion-resistant stainless steel Performance Exhaust Systems boast all-over welding and 4” polished tips. The 15471 Touring Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System features 2-1/2” OD tubing, while the 15472 Sport Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System allows greater flow with 3” OD tubing.

Both Performance Exhaust Systems are proudly made in the USA and are easy to install. Head on over to our online store at PerformanceParts.com to get started fine-tuning your WRX! If you’re already online with one of these systems, give our readers the inside scoop by leaving a comment.

Husky Liners Keeps It Rollin’

Continuing a staggered rollout of vehicle-specific Cargo Liners and Floor Liners as part of its continually expanding Weatherbeater Series, Husky Liners has announced a new wave of accessories for models both new and familiar.

We’ve extensively covered the options for Suburbans and Yukons here and here, and it appears Husky Liners wasn’t quite done with us. The 2015 versions of those vehicles get Third-Seat Floor Liners in black (19281), gray (19282), and tan (19283). They didn’t stop there, however, as 2008–2014 Buick Enclaves, 2009–2014 Chevy Traverses, and 2007–2014 GMC Acadias also get Third-Seat Floor Liners in each of those colors. As a bonus, the Enclave and Traverse get Cargo Liners behind the Second Seat in black and tan. We’ve listed them below for your convenience:

Third-Floor Liners for Enclave, Traverse, and Acadia

Cargo Liner Behind Second Seat for Enclave and Traverse

2013–2014 Chevy Equinoxes and GMC Terrains get in on the action with their own Cargo Liners, in both black (21121) and gray (21122).

Imports aren’t left with dirty carpets, either. Husky Liners has extended the umbrella to cover 2014 Nissan Rogues and Honda Civic Sedans, too. The Rogue gets Cargo Liners in black (28671) and tan (28673), while the Civic receives Front- and Second-Seat Floor Liner sets in black (99441), gray (99442), and tan (99443).

CarTech’s Ford Y-Block Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify

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Falling between the first mass-produced V8 engine in 1932, the venerable flathead, and its FE successor in 1958, the Y-block engine served passenger- and muscle-car enthusiasts alike with aplomb from 1954 to 1964. The Y-block, Ford’s first overhead-valve V8 engine, set a tone of outstanding performance by bringing home records at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, snatching checkered flags at NASCAR events all over the country, and capturing the hearts of car lovers around the world. An engine this popular and successful could fill an entire book devoted to its restoration and enhancement. And now, finally, specialty publisher CarTech has given this venerable engine the attention it deserves with Ford Y-Block Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify, written by Ford aficionado and seasoned drag racer Charles Morris.

The aptly dubbed Y-block engine derives its name from its shape: the deep-block design looks like a “Y” when viewed from the front. The engine was designed to grow in power as time went on. This “high futurity” concept came to fruition as Ford executives expected; iterations saw continually increasing cubic-inch displacement values, including 239, 256, 272, 292, and 312. In Ford Y-Block Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify, Morris leads readers down two different paths: one for rebuilding stock versions of those engines and another for building a modified Y-block fit for modern performance.

All aspects of the process receive in-depth attention, including inspection and cleaning, pulling the engine, necessary prep work, machining, identifying and selecting components, solving known Y-block oiling issues, and reassembly. Chapter 9 breaks down what to do after you’ve completed the rebuild or restoration, while a comprehensive appendix is a resource for topics ranging from torque specifications and dampener timing settings to firing order and rotation and cam timing.

The folks over at CarTech do a fantastic job of producing thorough, readable, and knowledgeable how-to guides that span the spectrum of aesthetic and performance automotive modification. Morris leaves no stone unturned in this exhaustive work on the Y-block engine—dare we say the essential resource for anyone interested in bringing to life a classic engine whose time has not yet passed. Click here to order your own copy of Ford Y-Block Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify, and join the legion of fans who cannot get enough of the engine that long ago secured its place in the canon of automotive history.

Size:                 8.5” x 11”
Type:               Softbound
Pages:             136
Photos:           417 full-color photos and charts