There is so much to see while you cover all the exhibits here in Indianapolis. So many familiar products and brands.
This show I decided to explore everywhere that I could and share with you some of the interesting products that are out there, but you may not be aware of.
Many a racer is looking for longer lug studs or, if you have one of the German brands that use lug bolts, you are looking to convert to studs. MSI Racing has some excellent solutions.
Borla is certainly not a new product name for most of us, but did you know that they made fuel injectors as well as exhaust solutions?
Racers have known about the HANS device for years now. It has made a huge difference in safety since its inception. Now there is an alternative from the folks at Necksgen:
They have other safety products as well.
You may have heard of Stage 8 or perhaps not. But you should. They have developed a fool proof solution for the problem of vibration loosening exhaust hardware. And now they have specific solutions for turbocharger exhausts. Turbos have become more common in race engines and have much more vibration and heat expansion and contraction than naturally aspirated engine exhaust systems.
Speaking of exhaust systems you should check out Stainless Works for their many complete systems that include long-tube headers, hi-flo cats, and collector to tailpipe exhausts.
Northern Radiator is another vendor you should be aware of. Many of its applications cover popular imports as well as domestics.
Another exhaust and header supplier you might not have heard about – Kooks.
How about Alternators and starters? Hi performance and compact from WOSP.
Tired of that expensive powder coating cracking or flaking off? Don’t get me wrong, powder coating has made a world of difference on many applications, but here is a coating you should be checking out:
Incredibly durable under adverse racing conditions. Check with Steel-It and see if its what your application needs.
How about upgrading your vehicles suspension with complete solutions. Check out BMR.
G Force Axles can stand those extreme hot rods out there such as the Hellcat.
AEM has been providing aftermarket gauges for many years and now you can move into the 21st Century with their digital dash.
Speaking of digital how about chassis height measurement? Check out Chassis Height Measuring System.
It measures to specific frame points and adjusts for temperature variations.
Lets move on to your tool box. A company called Spring Tools has a unique solution using spring technology. From Center punches to hand impact drivers these spring powered tools will change how you work.
How about finding a way to collect hardware as you take things apart? Most of us use magnetic trays, but that doesn’t always work on stainless hardware and can only stick on steel and iron, not fiberglass or aluminum.
When it comes to fabrication or manufacturing there have been three technologies that have dominated. Welding, machining, and casting. Today there is another. It is called 3D printing or additive manufacturing. At this year’s PRI show there were many examples.
The complex shapes and structures boggle the mind. This new technology needs a new way of envisioning design.
Along with 3D printing comes 3D scanning so that objects can be converted to be understood and manipulated by computer systems.
PolyShape is another company that uses additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping.
3rd Dimension is another exhibitor.
Clearly 3D printing is a game changer. It allows for creativity beyond what we have seen so far using multiple materials and integrated shapes and functional structure beyond our wildest dreams.