Efficient Ways To Outfit A Utility Vehicle

A great many businesses, especially contractors, choose to employ utilitarian vehicles. This may be due to the fact that the trucks are strong and durable, and make it very convenient to perform their duties at the job site. They often opt to improve efficiency and performance through the addition of quality accessories which are designed to fit their specific work requirements.

If one makes the choice to enhance their vehicle, it is wise to choose quality products that are built to withstand most any climate conditions. This means purchasing those that are rust-proof, weather resistant, and not affected by either extreme hot or cold. Brands like Tiger are made of durable materials and designed for long-lasting sustainability and dependability.

The main feature on a utilitarian truck is the bed, which is where cargo and products held. This important component should be specifically fitted for the make and model of the vehicle, and made out of top quality materials such as aluminum, or steel alloys. Many of these come already fit with a headboard loop and have the option of installing a removable welded mesh panel for additional safety.

Quite often, a person may have need to have a tow bar installed to provide the ability to haul other wheeled items. This product allows one the capability of pulling trailers, boats, or other vehicles, behind the truck. These items are typically fitted with an electrical system to control the brakes, and a standard hitch, all made with an attractive and durable powder coat finish for weather resistance.

A lot of people find it necessary to provide protection their vehicle by replacing the forward bumper with a bull bar, or installing a compatible attachment. These products are of a solid welded construction that brings strength, and a powder coat finishing that resists rust and corrosion. The bars can be fitted with lights, as well as a winch for front side pulling capability.

A ladder rack gives one the ability to transport over sized equipment with greater ease. Typically made of sturdy aluminum construction, with an adjustable height, and designed to fit the width of the tray exactly, these products are stable and reliable. Whether finished in a matte, or highly polished appearance, they are designed to be resistant to all types of weather.

Most utilitarian vehicles have a need for some sort of storage system. This most often comes in the form of a toolbox, which can be of a varying heights, widths, and designs, made with or without shelving or roll out trays. Some people may also prefer to have drawers added to the underside of the bed to add extra space for tools without taking up room in the cargo area.

Though the decision to add any Ute accessory to the vehicle is typically the result of necessity, it may also be one of personal preference. Efficiency can be improved by choosing to incorporate quality products such as tool boxes, drawers, ladder racks, bumper guards, or tow bars. Having all necessary tools close at hand not only makes performing a job easier, but it also saves time.

Race Car Brake Fade! What Causes It? Tech Session

Hello, how are you today?

It has been a few weeks since my last article, the reason for this has been due to being very busy supplying Motorsport parts to some of the leading race teams and developing lots of new Motorsport products for you all. Enough of all that, let’s get down to what you want to find out about. What is brake fade?

Brake fade is totally frightening and scary when it happens, however at some point I can guarantee you will experience it in your racing career.

After reading this article you will understand why it has happened and what it is. Normally there are two type of brake fade, boiling of the brake oil and the break down of the brake pads.

Boiling Of The Brake Fluid

This the most common brake fade, this is caused due to the brake fluid getting so hot from the friction of the brakes pads and discs being transferred into the brake fluid. This heat dissipation eventually boils the brake fluid causing air bubbles, these air bubbles that are created compress when the pedal is pressed. The solid link from the master cylinder to the caliper has been compromised with air that will compress.

Some times in extreme cases the brake pedal will go to the floor and not offer hardly and braking at all! The only way to bring the brakes back to a working system is to allow the brake fluid to cool down. This is pretty hard in a race environment when you are pushing the car to the limits. However there are techniques that can help, I will talk about these later in this article.

Overheating Of The Brake Pads

The other reason for brake fade is the brake pads getting very hot again via the heat dissipation from the friction caused when hard braking. In this scenario the brake pads will get so hot that the composite of the pads will be compromised. What happens is the pads temperature has risen past the point that the pads are designed to operate at. When this happens the gas in the pads is boiled out of them, this gas does not just evaporate away it forms a layer on the pad between the pad and the disc / rotor.

When this occurs the layer acts almost like a lubricant so the pad can not create the desired braking needed to slow the car. You will find in this situation the pedal will be as normal however it will not matter how hard you push the pedal the car will not brake as normal.

What to do when you have brake fade?

Both of these scenarios are due to heat in the brake system, the only solution is to cool the system down. As I mentioned before that is very difficult when you are in a race situation and driving the car to its limits. But with either of these brake fade circumstances you will not be able to drive the car to its limits.

There are a few ways to help cool down the brakes without affecting your speed too much.

Braking really late for corners is not a great practice, as this will cause heat problems and will not gain you very much time. Therefore, braking a little earlier will not effect you lap times a great deal, as long as you brake lightly so your corner entry speed is just as high as it would normally be.

When the braking is lighter the heat is less so your brakes will stay cooler to reduce the heat problem. The goal is to keep the heat out of the brake system and allow the brakes to cool as much as possible allowing the air to flow through the brakes.

If you have any place on the race track where you can not use the brakes and use the throttle to slow down slightly or a combination of coming off the accelerator and slightly applying the brakes will help cool the system.

I hope you have found this interesting, thank you for your time.

Why is My Car Battery Dead and What Can I Do About It?

Have you ever thought about what makes a car battery work its magic? It’s one of those things we take for granted, we just get into the car and go, and when it dies we ask why is my car battery dead? Read below for some basic information as to what goes into the battery construction and how it relates to our cars function.

What takes place is our car battery produces an electrical charge by way of a chemical reaction within the battery. This electrical current is used to power the starter which starts the cars engine and also powers all of the accessories in the car.

Inside the battery are positive and negative lead plates which react with an electrolyte solution that they are sitting in. This reaction causes the electrons to move from one plate to another which causes the voltage. The electrolyte solution is a mix of water and sulfuric acid. When the battery is fully charged this water and sulfuric acid mixture is 65% water and 35% acid.

What causes a battery to fail or die? If you live where it gets really cold the plates can flake off due to the expansion and contraction. The flakes can build up at the bottom of the battery case and create a brown sludge which in turn can cause a short.

In hot climates the problem can be positive corrosion or positive grid growth. The plates can even buckle from the extreme heat. All of these will reduce the life of your battery. It is said that you might get a good 3 years life out of your battery in hot climates.