5.0 Mustang & Super FordsEvents
2001 PRI Trade Show - That Racing Show
We Scour The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show For The Latest Hard-Core Parts For Your 'Stang
Horse Sense: The PRI trade show is a mix of circle track, drag race, tractor pull, and hard-core street performance parts manufacturers and distributors. It's not uncommon to see a well-known Mustang company such as Probe Racing Components situated right next to a company selling Sprint Car wheels. Locating Mustang-related goodies takes some digging, but there was plenty to find this year.
Braving new airport security measures (such as leaving our toe-nail clippers at home), we flew to a chilly Indianapolis, Indiana, in early December 2001 to the Performance Racing Industry trade show to see what new race parts were available for our beloved Mustangs. Sure, the SEMA show was only three weeks prior to PRI, but there are differences between the two. And while there are companies that exhibit at both, the SEMA show is larger and focuses on total car mods, such as appearance, wheels, audio, and street performance.
On the other hand, PRI is billed as a "hard-core racing trade show," and it walks the walk. In every isle we found hard-core parts galore, including a completely CNC-machined, billet-aluminum small-block (Chevy, of course), Sprint Car bodies, chassis manufacturers, and much more. But in between these ultimate performance parts were many companies with new offerings for the Mustang (mostly '94 and newer). Attendees to this show walk comfortably in blue jeans and buttondown shirts, while SEMA is still largely khakis and polos.
What really surprised us upon entering the Indianapolis Convention Center and RCA Dome was the increase in the amount of exhibitors from last year. There were enough booths spread out among the convention center, dome, and connecting hallways that it kept the three of us on our toes for the duration of the three-day show. We found plenty of Mustang-related parts among the 1,000-plus exhibitors.
While we don't have photography of everything we found (some items were prototypes and others were not completed in time for the show), look for many of these parts to be used by some of the top names in Ford racing in 2002.
One manufacturer that never comes to PRI empty handed is Aeromotive [(816) 333-7300; www.aeromotive.com]. The fuel system superstar once again put its best foot forward with several new components to boast about. For 2001, Aeromotive unveiled its Billet Digital FMU for returnless fuel systems-you know, the kind your '99-up Mustang has sitting in your driveway. When used with an external fuel pump, this digital FMU allows the supplemental pump to provide the proper volume of fuel to the injectors for a supercharged application. It's completely adjustable to provide increased fuel pressure to correspond with any boost level. Also on the hit parade are Aeromotive's new 4.6 fuel rails, which prove to be popular on the modular front, as will the company's new belt-driven pump, which is capable of supporting Pro 5.0 power.
Stand-alone EFI computer systems also made a splash at PRI. AFM [(217) 935-2384; www.andersonfordmotorsport.com] helped EFI Systems (maker of the popular PMS) debut its Xtreme EFI system. This system includes an Intel microprocessor capable of controlling functions and settings such as fuel, timing, WOT throttle/timing, start fuel/timing, secondary injectors, air/fuel trim based on narrow band or wide band oxygen sensor, and much more. The Xtreme EFI features a unique connector system that works like an adapter. This allows you to change the connector to match your harness without the need of a complete wiring harness. It can even control up to eight individual coils.
ATI [(410) 298-4343; www.atiperformanceproducts.com] has a new modular Mustang damper available. The company is right in line with the rest of the Mustang aftermarket by building on the line of 4.6 parts with this new 4.6 Two-Valve six-rib damper with SFI certification. ATI's modular design allows different hubs to be used depending upon application, such as its new blower hub-which is thicker and has multiple keyways. It's in production now and is available at your nearest ATI dealer.
ATI ProCharger [(913) 338-2886; www.procharger.com] unveiled its F-series of superchargers and a new cog-drive for its reverse-rotation modular Mustang units. The F-series supercharger horsepower range is from 1,050 hp up to a mind-bending 2,300 hp. With step-up ratios of 5.0:1 and 5.1:1, all F-series superchargers are self-contained utilizing premium synthetic oil, which translates into less heat and parasitic load, and eliminates the risk of clogged oil lines or damage to your engine. The F-series will be available for both pushrod and modular Mustangs. ATI's cog-drive system for modulars answers the prayers of those 4.6 junkies complaining about belt slippage. These two additions could radically change the face of modular performance.
BHJ Dynamics [(510) 797-6980; www.bhjinc.com] debuted its new billet-steel, SFI-approved damper for the 4.6 Two-Valve modular engine. Weighing in just a tad under the stock damper, the BHJ damper features a rugged, OE-style elastomer damping ring and timing marks engraved in two-degree increments from 0 to 50. Testing is in the works for a Four-Valve version. And for those wishing to run a 5.4 modular, BHJ has you covered as well.
Brembo North America [(714) 641-0104; www.brembo.com] debuted its Mustang GT and Cobra systems last year. This year the company has released a new front brake upgrade system for the '02 SVT Focus. This new brake kit features cadmium-plated, directionally vented, and cross-drilled, 328mmx28mm two-piece rotors with four-piston calipers, high-performance pads, billet mounting brackets, and braided brake lines. Look for availability by the time you read this.
Canfield's [(330) 533-7092; www.canfieldheads.com] head designs have been well chronicled in the pages of this magazine. At PRI, the company unveiled this intake for 302 blocks in both 8.2 and 8.7 deck heights. Canfield's John Fenton says the intake was "Designed as a drag-race manifold for the Hot Street naturally aspirated guys." The greatest benefit from this manifold design is when rpm are more than 6,000, so you probably don't want one for your street car. Extra stock was left on the deck and intake face so engine builders can adapt the intake to their cylinder head of choice. The intake will be sold through Canfield dealers and Ford Racing Performance Parts. Canfield is also working on an 18-degree head with stock valve notches and a 2.02/1.60-valve design for the 5.0 market.
Canton Racing Products [(203) 481-9460; www.cantonracing.com] has released its new Ford small-block main cap stud girdle. The girdle is made from chrome-moly steel and is laser cut with CNC-machined mounting holes. All mounting hardware is included. The girdle ties directly into the main caps with no machining, bushings, or spacers. It even clears larger strokers such as the 331, the 347, and so on. The optional windage tray is made from 16-gauge steel, features one-way louvers for superior oil control, and has a nickel-plated finish. The windage tray comes with all hardware to mount directly onto the Canton girdle.
Cloyes [(501) 963-2105; www.cloyes .com] had this great, new dual idler gear drive on display for small-block Fords. The gears are made from precision-cut billet steel and are heat treated for long life. The crank gear features three keyways to allow plus or minus 4 degrees of timing. If you want accurate timing and the cool sound of a gear drive, Cloyes now has you covered.
Dart Machinery [(248) 362-1188; www.dartheads.com] had some of the biggest news of the PRI show with the announcement that it would be producing a series of Ford small-blocks, first in iron and later in aluminum. On display in the Dart booth was this first-off-the-line engineering model of its new Ford block. Initially available in 9.5- and 9.2-inch deck heights (8.7 and 8.2 will come later) these blocks feature some tough parts. For starters, there are four-bolt mains (1/2- and 7/16-inch on mains two through four, 1/2- and 3/8-inch on mains one and five), dry-sump capability, increased oil flow, and a maximum bore of 4.150 inches. Other features include full roller-cam capability (premachined for OE-style parts), a clutch crossbar mount (for vintage applications), and the ability to restrict oil flow via screw-in restrictors. By the time you read this, the first blocks should be hitting the shelves. Look for the other deck heights later in 2002. You'll have to wait until next year, though, for the aluminum versions.
Edelbrock [(310) 781-2222; www.edelbrock.com] gave us a CAD-designed peek at its new Ford small-block, bolt-on, Pro-Flo EFI system last year, and now the system is in production. The Pro-Flo incorporates a stand-alone EFI intake manifold with fuel injectors, rails, a throttle body, and sensors, with a complete harness and controller for instant adjustments without a laptop. Got an '84 GT and want EFI? Bolt this on and you're ready to rock.
Fluidyne [(888) FLUIDYNE; www fluidyne.com] will make Focus owners happy this year with its new 38mm performance aluminum radiator. Made to drop right in place of the stock unit, the Fluidyne radiator offers increased cooling capacity and efficiency, and looks good doing it too.
GKN [(248) 926-6132; www.gkndrivetech.com], makers of the OE production Cobra (and other Ford) IRS halfshafts, has just finished development on its new Cobra Half-Shafts. These halfshaft bars are made from 300M aircraft-grade steel and then powdercoated. The inner and outer CV joints have been upgraded for durability and uti-lize high-performance grease. The 28-spline version is for the '99 Cobra and the 31-spline is for the '01 Cobra. These halfshafts have lived behind test vehicles running up to 700 hp with slicks, which means these beefed-up shafts should live behind your blown street Cobra for many years.
GMS [(818) 996-2753; www.granatellimotorsports.com] had several new products at PRI. Main man J.R. Granatelli showed us a new tunable mass air meter package, speedometer calibrator, and new suspension components. He also showed us his book, The Complete Guide to Centrifugal Supercharger Impeller Speed, which features every supercharger on the market and its particulars. The book notes the impeller speed of the supercharger with different pulley combinations and the possible boost levels before you start to max out the blower. The book is an excellent tuning tool to find out exactly how close to the limit you are because it also shows the redline of the blowers.
Innovators West [(785) 825-6166] has had small-block Ford crank dampers available for many applications, including the company's "flying magnet" version for crank trigger systems, shown here. New this year are 4.6 dampers and a remote water-pump adapter plate (also shown here on this timing cover display model). The adapter allows for an easy hook-up to remote-mounted water pumps using standard AN lines and fittings.
The big news out of Livernois Motorsports [(888) 261-4170; www.livernois-vehicle.com] is the availability of two new modular short-blocks. You 5.0 purists can have your modular cake and eat it too with a 5.0 Modzilla short-block. If it's a big-cube modular you're after, check out Livernois' 5.9 Modzilla. That's right, 358 ci of modular muscle is just a phone call away. Both short-blocks use aluminum Ford blocks, JE forged pistons, Eagle billet steel rods, oversize bore sleeves, O-ring combustion sealing, and an internally balanced steel crank. The short-blocks are machined and assembled with a fully balanced rotating assembly and are available in either short-block form or as part of a complete engine assembly.
MBRP Performance Exhaust [(888) 636-RACE; www.mbrp.com] doesn't make a Mustang after-cat-yet-so we begged and pleaded for them to make one. However, if you have a Focus, MBRP can set you up right now with one of its stainless steel after-cat exhaust systems. The systems feature T-304 stainless steel, mandrel-bent tubing along with a fully polished performance muffler. The system uses all factory hangers and provides a deep, low-tuned exhaust note with much improved throttle response.
Performance Automatic [(800) 767-8174; www.performanceautomatic.com] had several new products at PRI. Not only did PA have this new stub shaft and deep aluminum pan for the AODE transmission, but it also has developed a new solenoid assembly for the E40D transmission. These assemblies are produced with a lockup delay system, furnished by a timing device designed into the circuit board. Basically, the solenoid allows you to choose the time delay to engage the lockup function of the torque converter. When the torque converter goes into lockup, this action drags down the rpm causing acceleration rates to drastically decline. The delay system is triggered by the command from the computer to energize the LU solenoid. The timing device provides a five-second delay from that point and allows lockup to engage at a higher engine rpm. The delay can be reset between two and nine seconds.
Professional Products [(323) 779-2020; www.professional-products.com], a company that's new to us at 5.0&SF, had one of the more surprising items at the PRI show. The company released its new Power+Plus EFI intake manifold for '86-'95 5.0 Mustangs. While the design is strikingly similar to others on the market, a few modifications have been implemented, both internally and externally. The manifold is available in satin or polished designs, and you can buy the upper and lower separately if you wish. The best thing to report (besides the manifold being 50-state legal) is the price. Typical retail pricing is just $349.95 for the satin version and $449.95 for the fully hand-polished version. The Power+Plus EFI intake manifold is a deal. Professional Products also has matching throttle bodies, EGR spacers, and even harmonic dampers for small-block applications.
Reichard Racing [(410) 610-5567; www.reichardracing.com] was another vendor displaying a new intake manifold for the EFI small-block. The new manifold (upper only) is designed to work with a Trick Flow lower (such as the Street and R manifolds) and is made completely from CNC billet 6061 T6 aluminum. The manifold features a removable top lid that allows access to the inlet, outlet, and runners, which all feature a radius edge to them. The throttle body opening will accept up to a 92mm throttle body and works with the stock throttle cable, though a 1-inch mani-fold spacer is needed for valve cover clearance. Soon to follow, Reichard Racing will offer a replacement lid with built-in intercooler tubing to allow for the connection of a cooling medium.
Speed-Pro [www.federal-mogul.com/ speedpro] released its Hellfire piston rings last year for many popular bore sizes. These rings feature an HF479 top ring that is proven through NHRA and NMCA testing to handle extreme horsepower. Designed for nitrous applica-tions as well, the Hellfire rings have been successful. Now, Speed-Pro has seen fit to offer these rings in complete piston ring sets.
Sharp Precision Instruments [(877) SHOP-SPI; www.spipowerexcel.com] is a distributor of high-performance electronics for mostly the import scene. However, many of the products the company carries fit into the domestic scene as well, especially with the Mustang. In addition to clutch packages for Mustangs, SPI carries several other items. One of the cooler products in the company's booth was a pair of heads-up display units. The HUD units, available in speedometer, tachometer, field compass, and boost variants project your speed, rpm, and such onto the windshield to keep your line of sight on the road. The speedometer display is able to store maximum speed, while the LED's brightness can be adjusted for day or night driving. The compass unit is capable of reading the outside temperature and can also be used as a voltmeter gauge. The compass unit is the easiest to install as it simply plugs into the cigarette-lighter socket.