Spoil yourself with these cool pieces of kit
1. Reinventing the wheel
If off-the-shelf wheel offerings just aren’t cutting it for you and you’re in need of something a bit more bespoke, the fellas at Showwheels can sort you out. They offer a huge range of made-to-order wheels in one-, two- or three-piece guise and in a choice of forged, cast or alloy materials. The wheels can also be tailored to whatever offset, diameter, width and PCD you need. Give them a call on (03) 9034 3431 to discuss your needs or visit showwheels.com.au.
2. What’s the diff?
Making bulk horsepower is tough, so it’s important to choose a differential that’s even tougher. ARC Performance has built a nine-inch diff centre with Truetrac LSD to help put that power to the ground. The diff centre features a Richmond gearset, 10-bolt Daytona-style pinion support and a 1350-series billet yoke, and is available in 28- or 31-spline form. The performance diff offers reliability and durability and can be had in 3.0, 3.25, 3.5, 3.7, 3.89 and 4.11 ratios. For more information, visit partsforhotrods.com.au.
3. Tar for the course
There’s nothing worse than trying to get muck like rubber, tar and old sticker residue off your pride and joy. Fortunately, there’s a much better solution than just a bunch of elbow grease, metho and swearing. VP Power TAR is specifically designed to tackle oil-based substances, making it easy to remove burnout rubber, tar, bugs and other track-day garbage from your car. That means less stress both for you and your car’s paint, so it’s perfect for cars taking on events like Drag Challenge. You can find it in stock now at Speed Pro; for more info call (03) 9794 5177 or visit speedpro.com.au.
4. Hot stuff
We’ve just launched a brand-new Street Machine merchandise website and have dropped some fresh new merch to get your mitts on. Our new Torana GTR XU-1 T-shirt features a killer design by Ten Tenths Creative, the artist behind the awesome HQFORU image that graced the cover of our September ’21 mag. The Strike Me Pink Torry rocks killer sidepipes and Hotwire mags, and the shirt also sports the famous Torana slogan from the 70s. We’ve also thrown our super-popular SM tacho design onto tank tops – perfect for summer. Both shirts are made from high-quality AS Colour material and printed right here in ’Straya, available in unisex adult sizes S to 5XL. You can browse all our merch, as well as order any SM back issues you may have missed, at shop.streetmachine.com.au.
5. Power up
Bigger is always better, right? Well, it’s hard to disagree when it comes to battery tech, which is why Ryobi’s mammoth 18V ONE+ 9.0Ah Lithium+ HP battery is a must-have for those wanting to get the most out of their Ryobi power tools. While the rest of Ryobi’s 18V ONE+ battery range will do the job just fine, the 9.0Ah battery will last longer and deliver more power than its smaller siblings – perfect for those really tough jobs. You can grab one now from you local Bunnings for $209 or by visiting ryobi.com.au.
The wizards at Turbosmart have been setting the industry benchmark for boost-related components for years now, and for 2022 they’ve updated their extensive fuel pressure regulator range. Now they feature port sizes from 1/8in NPT to –6 and –8 AN, with 30-90psi base pressure adjustment, 1:1 ratio, premium diaphragm and stainless-steel valves and seats. That means they can cater to any juice, including E85, and Turbosmart now offers low-pressure versions to suit carby and diesel set-ups as well. All their FPRs feature non-directional bias, so they’ll work no matter where the fuel comes in. You can find out more by visiting turbosmart.com.
7. Hello Cleveland!
ProFlow’s new AirMax intake manifold for Ford Cleveland engines features an improved runner design that keeps the air-fuel mixture as cool as possible thanks to the large air gap beneath the runners. Die-cast from high-quality aluminium, it’s tuned for excellent throttle response and greater horsepower capabilities, boasting an increase in performance from 1500 to 6500rpm. The intake is available in either a black or naked metal finish, and can be ordered through VPW Australia from April by phoning 1300 879 879 or visiting vpw.com.au.