Tech Tips

  • Superflow Tech Tips: Horsepower Explained

    Bret Williamson, Senior Technical Support Engineer for SuperFlow Dynamometers Tech Tips: Horsepower Explained

  • Gas Ported Piston Rings by Total Seal

    Gas Ported Piston Rings
    The Next Evolution in Piston Ring Technology.
    The primary job of the piston ring is to create the seal between
    the piston and the cylinder wall. Total Seal's new Gas-Ported piston rings represent an evolution in ring seal. The conventional practice of thick, heavy, high tension rings that fought against cylinder pressure to maintain seal has been revolutionized. Instead of fighting cylinder pressure, gas ported rings harness those forces and use them to improve ring seal. These advanced rings benefit all engines, especially turbocharged and supercharged engines.
  • Gen III/Gen IV LS Engine: Specs, Dimensions & Engine History

    The Gen III LS engine began its domination of the domestic performance scene in 1997 with the introduction of the 5.7L LS engine in the Corvette followed quickly by a succession of smaller and larger variations on that original theme. While we could wax philosophic for paragraphs, it’s much more productive to get right into the heart of this engine family history. We have much to discuss.
  • Why The LT Engine Is Better Than An LS

    The LS has reigned supreme for years now as the go-to for engine swaps. However, the LT platform offers some serious upgrades that could challenge the LS.

  • Weld Racing Wheels Concavity / Pad Heights Explained

    Since no one is looking for less stopping power, it’s a clear fact that brakes aren’t going to be getting any smaller and big calipers are here to stay. Luckily wheel manufactures like Weld Racing have adapted their wheel lines to fit over today’s fat-calipered late-model muscle cars. Weld’s RTS line is actually available in three different pad heights based on how much over hang your calipers have. 

  • Rock Out: Rocker Arm Offset Basics With T&D Machine Products

    Valvetrain technology has mirrored the advancements in cylinder heads to help them function better, and rocker arms are a big part of this. Rocker arm offset is very important and it ensures the valvetrain will work as it should

  • 2020 Product Showcase: ARP’s Ultra-Torque Assembly Lube

    ARP Ultra Torque Assembly Lube

    For builders using ARP products, the company has been very clear in its written policy: “ARP provides torque specs for our fasteners based on using ARP Ultra-Torque. If you’re not using our specs and our lube, you have no real idea what pre-load you’re getting.” 

  • CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 3

    Tech Tuesday 
    CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 3
    1. Do you know why some pistons have what is referred to as a “donut dish” while other have a normal flat bottomed dish?
    2. Stretch vs. Torque?
    3. What Are pin buttons?
    4. Did you know at CP-Carrillo we use Rapid manufacture prototyping.
    5. What do oil rail supports do?
    6. Do I need a heavy piston & pin combo for boosted applications?
    7. One of the most over looked and misunderstood measurements of the engine is Piston Ring end gaps.

  • What is Darton's MID™ Modular Integrated Deck?

    Darton pioneered modular sleeve designs and specialty ductile iron material beginning with our manufacture of top fuel sleeves for Keith Black Racing Engines and Milodon Engineering in 1978.

  • An In-Depth Conversation On Piston Ring Technology With Total Seal

    As time goes on, the technology being used in Formula One will trickle down to rings that the everyday builder will be able to purchase. I promise, it will be worth the wait. – Keith Jones, Total Seal


  • CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 2


    Tech Tuesday
    CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 2
    1. Did you know we perform residual hardness studies on pistons?
    2. How much torque do I use to tighten my steel rod bolts”?
    3. Did you know we uses SPC? But what is SPC?
    4. Do you know… we strive to control our manufacturing processes with micron accuracy?
    5. Did you know...Piston pin bores are not always manufactured to be perfect cylinders.
    6. What's the difference between vertical & lateral gas ports?
  • CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 1

    Tech Tuesday
    CP-Carrillo Tech Talk - Part 1
    1. What are some of the latest trends used in modern piston design?
    2. How do I identify my CP pistons.
    3. Can a specially designed racing piston improve performance?
    4. What are the benefits of accumulator grooves
    5. Did you know that Bearing tangs are often one of the most misunderstood features of a connecting rod?
    6. How can we make the best racing piston for you?
    7. What is thermal barrier coating?