Newsletter No 55

 

06 August 2008

 

Hi There

 

I was going to ramble on about my Dyno, its design & calibration. But I decided that could wait till next time.

Also because I can then include a few Dyno graphs on modified 4.5 Land Cruisers.

 

I have decided to elaborate on light systems in this issue, as I quite often have customers come in and explain “jislaaik, maar dis nou ligte” J

Do you know that I sell the world’s most powerful spotlights ?

Check them out on our Cruiser or hear what Axel had to say:

I obviously haven’t had any time to test the filters yet. What I can tell you that the road through Botswana was childsplay in the evening with the Lightforces with the clear lens. I could see at least for 1 km ahead to identify animals on or next to the road.

The brand is LightForce.

 

I have still got 3 sets of Black KC Daylighters in 6”Dia left for a special of 2500.00 including wiring harness. 385 000 Candlepower, 165 or 100 Watts.             As worn by my Hilux below.

 

Also left is a set of PIAA replacement headlights for the type of Hilux pictured below. 135/90 W H6 . On special at 3000 including the Feedback Headlamp Adaptor harness.

 

Please note that Watts, Candlepower, Lumens are different ways of measuring. I am concerned about how well I see out in the road a few 100 m away from the car. Not in how much power the lights suck of your alternator or the light strength within the housing.

 

The 3.8 Hilux (wearing a set of daylighters) depicted next to this Text is for sale at 50 000 N$. This will be after being spruced up with a new coat of paint etc.

It has done less than 250 000 km’s

The motor has done under 10 000 km’s

Whilst the current gearbox has been rebuilt less than 4000 km’s ago.

 

It is equipped with the following:

Engine

3.8L Buick V6 200Hp(4500) 270Nm(1800) Minimum Values. I wanted the Torque for good Off-road manners and carrying a load, of course it mates beautifully to the Slushbox.

Cold Air Induction System bonnet will also be supplied. Cold Air makes more power and on this 4*4 is very high for deep water crossings. Also I use a K&N Filter due to it being able to filter out the really fine dirt as well as being washable.

Automatic Gearbox

Th700R4 Automatic Overdrive(27%) Transmission. Once you have taken an Auto box off road you will never stir the Pap again.

Upgrades

Stock 4*4 system. Using Australian adapters to couple the Auto to the stock transfer case. The system has taken the punch for over 10 years.

10 Inch Travel suspension system. Purposefully we went to mostly original Toyota parts-not aftermarket, as they proved to be ultra reliable and compliant.

1 Ton Load Rating. This was achieved by adding a HD load leaf that was still compliant.

Lock Right Rear Diff Lock. If you travel alone you want to make sure you don‘t get stuck !

Raised Breather System. So water cannot get into Diffs and other gears.

Freeflow Exhaust System. Power, Beat what more can I say except that the underbody is so cluttered that I had to make something special.

Semi organic Brakepads. They last forever and really Bite while not worrying about muck.

Dual Tanks 150L. I did not want to be dependent on Fuel stations and I hate jerry cans (700 km+ range is what you need in Africa)

2'nd Battery option, if you want a 12V Power Takeoff Point. A fridge/freezer is vital when it comes to being solo for longer than 5 Days.

KC Daylighters having a 4 Mile Range. Kudu‘s, Taxi‘s and Drunks take on a whole new feature.

Railings with tailgate flap

2 Spare tyres with rims

 

Since a kid I have been fascinated by lighting & lighting products. Therefore I stock this range of goods as well.

 

 

 

On the 1 July I sold my last Gotech Computerbox and have decided not to re-order.

Dicktator, Gotech, Mr Turbo etc. are all nice boxes for the enthusiast but when I want to do something serious I’ll go to overseas systems. I know they might cost 30 000 + installed but so will a factory ECU- and they are just as good if not better.

Another reason is that most people who want such an aftermarket system tend not to have enough mechanical knowledge to make it work.

So we get a car towed into the yard that first needs to be brought up to a state where it could possibly start. Even worse is the customer who works his car in our yard. No thanks, it just is not worth it. Maybe sometime in the future again J

So please do not contact me to just have your car Dynotuned unless it you want it fine-tuned with a Unichip.

 

PowerPlug- Plug ‘n Play chips-      How It Works

The Power Plug is not to be confused with the mostly, overseas sourced and local condition non-specific, re-flash method of tuning that most performance enthusiasts seem familiar with in which the OEM ECU code is simply generically re-written with a hand held programmer via the vehicle’s OBD port.

With the Power Plug, all the changes occur within this unit and are electrically communicated to your vehicle’s engine control system. No changes are made within the OEM computer, and thus all the engine safety parameters as set by the manufacturer remain in place.

This is exceptionally important, especially when taking into account the tough, local, South African conditions, such as high altitude, long distances, high speeds, high temperatures and the various qualities of diesel.

And once the Power Plug is installed, it leaves no electronic “footprint”, and this also applies should you want to remove the unit, unlike when you program the OEM ECU with a re-flash programmer, the ECU knows and records that it has been reprogrammed.

Even if you re-flash your OEM back to stock prior to service work, the OEM ECU dutifully reports how many times it has been re-flashed whenever the dealer checks via their diagnostic equipment, and if it reports something different than what the dealer’s records reflect, some difficult questions could arise.

 

 

Think of this, if you want to include anything with my upcoming K&N order:

Add 53.71 Horsepower to 2007 Shelby Ford Mustang GT 500 with K&N Air Intake Kit

The muscled up Shelby Mustang is a glory ride back to the days of Ford's Total Performance period. Forty years later Ford and Shelby have remarried. The new Mustang is striped as a salute to its illustrious past.

K&N's air intake system 57-2571 for the 2007 Mustang Shelby
K&N's air intake system 57-2571 for the 2007 Mustang Shelby

Ford Shelby Mustang gets 53.71 extra horsepower with K&N air intake system

Ford Shelby Mustang gets 53.71 extra horsepower with K&N air intake system

K&N Engineering has designed a performance air intake system (57-2571) that is street legal in 50 states for the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby 5.4 liter V8 engine. K&N dynamometer testing shows a 53.71 horsepower gain at 5900 rpm.

K&N air intake kit installed on 2007 Shelby Ford Mustang
K&N air intake kit installed on 2007 Shelby Ford Mustang

Power gain chart for Ford Mustang Shelby with K&N air intake system

Power gain chart for Ford Mustang Shelby with K&N air intake system


One of the reasons for such a high increase in horsepower is the large free-flowing K&N chrome top air filter (RF-1048). The factory air box is restricted in size and restrictive in air flow especially at higher RPMs. K&N designed a larger intake tube that fits nicely under the front stabilizer.

The tube is oval because the throttle body is also oval. This design means the cross section is larger. The 53.71 horsepower gain is also aided by the radius adaptor's design as it smoothly takes the 6 inch flange of the air filter and mates it with the air intake tube.

The heat shield isolates the filter element from the heat of the engine which results in an immediate flow of cooler air for additional power. It takes less than 90 minutes to install this K&N air intake system. This intake will eliminate much of the air path restriction and let your engine breathe freely. K&N air intake systems come with the famous K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty.


Dodge Diesel Cummins Trucks Benefit from K&N Air Filter Design

The Dodge Ram 2500 delivers a solid ride, serious stock power and great stability for heavy towing. It is also big and bold, just like the K&N air filters that are custom designed to fit in it.


OE Air Filter and Dodge Airbox


K&N Air Filter in Dodge Airbox



K&N E-0776 and E-0784 air filters for 2003 to 2008 Dodge diesel trucks are noticeably different from the stock filter and can easily be confused by consumers as being "incorrect."

However, both of these K&N air filters do replace the OE flat panel air filter in the factory airbox. Their unique shape and design make maximum use of area in the factory airbox. Both still seal the same as the OE filters, but instead of hanging at the top of the airbox, they go all the way down to the bottom of the airbox. The K&N air filter allows more surface area than a flat panel air filter could provide and greatly increases dust capacity.

The simple drop in design increases horsepower and acceleration while providing excellent filtration. Our stock replacement air filters are washable, reusable and covered by our famous K&N Million-Mile Limited warranty.

The E-0784 high flow replacement K&N air filter is for the 2007 and 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 6.7 liter Cummins diesel engine.

Owners of the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 models with a 5.9 liter Cummins diesel engine also gain a lifetime of performance with K&N's E-0776 replacement air filter.


I run a MD500 helicopter ! ! !!  

It uses as much air every minute that a car uses in a week ! ! !

No seriously it is fitted with a hi tech filter system that uses K & N filter cleaning systems.

I operate in very dusty conditions…..

            I think this is enough said.          K&N works & dust is no issue !


 

I get a lot of calls referring to Hydrogen gas addition to vehicles. The “water4gas” websites are very positive.

This is to illustrate, why I think Brownian gas is a farce:

 

Air temperature difference is 2 C, so is oil and 1 mBar Air pressure.

No difference really:

AFR power everything stays the same.

Also Brownian does not allow more or less timing.

 

 

This time, I will leave you with the following words of Wisdom

 

Don't sign anything unless you understand exactly what the Latin bits mean!

Such as “Corruptissima republica plurimae leges” J