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New 3.5-inch aluminum driveshafts, 850-hp axles add performance & durability for racers.

WICHITA, KANSAS– For driveline strength that matches the performance of the new 2018 Ford Mustang S550 with its 10-speed automatic transmission, GForce Performance Engineering has introduced new one-piece aluminum driveshafts and 850-hp axles.
Track numbers for the 2018 Mustangs are exceeding expectations, meaning builders are already hard at work figuring out ways to make them go even faster. The GForce upgrades are ready to maximize the 10-speed’s improved acceleration and response, while handling increased stress and abuse.
“We think racers are going to fall in love with the new Mustang S550, so we got to work engineering products that will maximize its potential,” said Jesse Powell, GForce president. “These new driveshafts and axles are easy, effective upgrades that drivers will benefit from right away.”

GForce Engineering aluminum driveshafts are precision-engineered, one-piece driveshaftsdesigned for use in high-performance, high-horsepower vehicles. Much like the rest of the GForce Performance Engineering driveshaft line, the 3.5-inch aluminum model for S550 applications is high-speed balanced, features solid-core U-joints and is a direct bolt-in factory replacement upgrade.
No CV joint means there aren’t an extra 5 pounds sitting on the front of the driveshaft adding stress and loads on the output shaft and seals. It also means no CV joint wear or service. The rubber couplers that are found on the OEM driveshaft are eliminated as well. These new driveshafts only weigh an average of 17 pounds.

Each shaft is a direct bolt-in factory replacement for a perfect fit and alignment. Both the front and rear adapters bolt to the stock yoke or flange with the supplied hardware for a trouble-free installation.

Features include:
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Driveline Tubing
  • Splined Slip-Shaft Design
  • Solid Core HD U-Joints Front & Rear
  • CNC-Machined Billet Adapters (if applicable)
  • Bolt-in Installation
  • Peak HP & Torque Increase
  • Reduced Rotating Mass
  • Increased Fuel Economy
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new GForce Performance Engineering axles for the S550 Mustang are unlike any entry-level axle on the market. This axle set uses CNC-machined billet CV internals, one-piece CNC-machined inner and outer stubs, and the strongest axle bars available in this configuration.
They are a direct replacement for factory half-shafts and are designed for cars with mild bolt-ons to those running superchargers and turbos.
Machined from proprietary aerospace billet alloy for increased strength, the 850-hp axles include a 28-spline axle bar and custom-built CV joints, as well as anti-wheel hop technology.
The axles are rated to 850 hp. Builders exceeding those power numbers are encouraged to learn more about GForce Engineering’s Ford Performance Outlaw axles.
Each component of a GForce axle is meticulously designed, machined and assembled in-house at their Wichita, Kansas-based facility.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN: EATON Detroit Spring loves a challenge. So, when renowned pinstriper “East Coast Artie” Schilling called up looking for advice on springs for a ’64 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon, Mike Eaton knew this wasn’t a typical project.

And Eaton was right. What started as a charity pinstriping party organized by Schilling during the Syracuse Nationals had grown in to one of the most ambitious charity project builds in recent memory.

“My original intent was to just cl

ean and paint the wagon, but as projects go, it is now on a rotisserie being completely rebuilt,” Schilling said.

“Artie’s Party” raised $66,000 last year, with proceeds from the pinstriping artwork donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York. Determined to build on the momentum of 2017’s hugely successful event, Schilling’s long-time friend George Munsterman of First Class Productions offered to give Schilling a car to “clean up and paint” to be auctioned off for charity during this year’s Syracuse Nationals.

And after the two spotted a ’64 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon, Artie’s Party Cruiser was born.

What started out as a simple pinstriping project quickly took on a life of its own. But with the support of manufacturers like EATON Detroit Spring, Artie’s Party Cruiser is becoming a reality.

“When you have the opportunity to make a difference with your work, it’s a no-brainer,” Eaton said. “We were happy to support Artie’s Party Cruiser and look forward to seeing it finished.”

EATON Detroit Spring supplied 2-inch drop springs for Artie’s Party Cruiser, which will give the wagon a nice, Surfin’ Safari stance. Jasper Engines is busy rebuilding the engine while the new chassis components from Ames Performance are being installed at Joe Que’s Auto Body in Poughkeepsie, NY. The classic retro interior will be finished in a white pearl vinyl with blue Pendleton-plaid wool — the same plaid the Beach Boys wore on their Surfin’ Safari album cover.

“It’s really incredible the amount of support we have received from the automotive community for Artie’s Party Cruiser,” Schilling said. “I called up Mike at EATON Detroit Spring to ask him if he made springs for the wagon and he immediately said he was on board and asked where I wanted the springs sent. It is only because of companies like EATON Detroit Spring that we can make Artie’s Party Cruiser a reality.”

Artie’s Party has raised more than $300,000 over the last 5 years for the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York. The organization provides housing and resources for families who are traveling to Syracuse to receive local care for their children who are seriously ill or injured. Artie’s Party has become a major donator to the organization, and with the help of manufacturers like EATON Detroit Spring, 2018’s event is set to be the biggest yet.

To keep up with Artie’s Party Cruiser, and see the build gallery photos, go to

To learn more about Artie’s Party during the Syracuse Nationals July 20-22, go to


ididit, Uncategorized

TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: The 2018 NMRA season kicks off this weekend with the Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, Florida. One of the most anticipated classes is ididit’s Outlaw True Street — a No Time heads-up eliminator on Saturday night that covers an eighth-mile distance. Unlike other classes, Outlaw True Street vehicles must make a 30-mile road tour, be on DOT-approved tires and have street legal steering safety features like a horn and turn signals in order to compete.
“Witness some of the baddest street-driven Mustangs on the planet at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout when the ididit Outlaw True Street class takes over the dragstrip,” said Steve Wolcott, co-founder of the NMRA. “Big-time power at insane speeds make Outlaw True Street a category to watch with big money and major bragging rights are up for grabs!”

ididit’s Pro-Lite performance column is the steering solution of choice for Outlaw True Street competitors.
 The ididit Pro-Lite Straight Floor Shift column weighs under 6 pounds, half the weight of a standard ididit column. It contributes immediate performance enhancement from OE weight reduction alone, before any of its other features are even factored in. For those requiring their vehicle to transition seamlessly from the track to the streets, ididit Pro-Lite columns include self-canceling turn signals, 4-way flashers and collapse a full five inches for enhanced driver safety.

The Pro-Lite installs easily using the pre-existing dash mount and ididit’s exclusive and simple plug-in wiring connectors, and ships with a brand-new ididit floor mount. The Pro-Lite column is designed to work with most quick-release steering wheel hubs, but for the rare occasion where exact fit is not to be achieved, ididit offers a line of steering wheel adaptors to ensure the project comes together without a hitch. Standard features on the Pro-Lite include 5” of collapsibility, 1” -48 lower shaft, 3 7/8” wiring plug, self-cancelling turns signals, 4-way flashers, wiring for horn, and stylish knob and lever – topped off with a black microtex finish that is both durable and attractive.
To see a full schedule of 2018 NMRA events:


Bilstein, Uncategorized
Poway, California, Feb 27, 2018 – Performance suspension companyBILSTEIN has named Aaron Morey its new Head of Motorsports for the U.S.

As Head of Motorsports, Morey will implement strategies across the various motorsports segments to increase market share growth. He will lead the motorsports team as BILSTEIN continues to develop and release the latest in shock technology.
Morey has more than 15 years experience in motorsports sales and marketing leadership. Most recently, Morey served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Keyser’s Port City Racing, where he led global sales for the leading aftermarket suspension manufacturer.

“Aaron’s experience in motorsports leadership is impressive,” said Steven Beaty, President of Aftermarket and Motorsports, thyssenkrupp BILSTEIN of America. “With a proven record creating and implementing motorsports sales strategies, Aaron is a valuable addition to BILSTEIN’s motorsports team.”

A Michigan native, Morey lived in Texas and Tennessee before attending high school and college in Columbus, Ohio. A motorhead from an early age, Morey started slot car racing at age 4, and by the time he was 7 he was racing 1/18-scaled gas cars across the Midwest.

At 11 he was competing in the World Karting Association, and at 13 he started racing BMX bikes, winning more than 160 events over three years and climbing to second in the U.S. rankings.
At 18 he started racing an UMP Dirt Modified car on local circle tracks, and over the next 17 years competed in everything from the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, sprint cars and the USMTS Modified Tour.

“What I enjoy most about my career is the competition,” Morey said. “I love winning and hate finishing second. Working in the motorsports industry, you’re always looking for the wins every weekend and using those wins to grow sales.”

His hobbies now are his two children, Hope (16) and Luke (9). They enjoy racing, snowboarding and spending time on the lake.

“I am very excited to be a part of the thyssenkrupp family and look forward to accomplishing goals and helping our team win on the track and off,” he added.

Poway, California, Feb 22, 2018 – Whether he is drifting his Pro Lite truck in Fast & Furious 7 or winning a World Championship at the birthplace of short course racing, Crandon, Wisconsin, Ryan Beat has gained a reputation for working as hard off the track as he does on it.

Ryan is not just a driver — he owns his own team — and is responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly in his program.

That’s why he is so pleased to have BILSTEIN Shocks as his title sponsor.

BILSTEIN provides him support and resources to get to the track, and the technology to run up front once he puts his helmet on.
“I am so pumped to have BILSTEIN on my team,” Beat said. “It’s a dream come true and allows us greater stability, and to grow in the future. I have been focused on developing longstanding relationships, and BILSTEIN is like family to me. I look forward to great success on the track and the many cool projects in the works. We both share common goals.”

BILSTEIN recognized Ryan as a great spokesperson for its M 9200 Series performance shocks.
“Ryan is a great racer and ambassador for the brand,” Emil Foldager of BILSTEIN Truck & Offroad Marketing said. “He carries the mindset and work ethic of a real champion. With the people and brands he has behind him, I believe the future is looking good.”

The technology featured in Ryan’s Beat’s M 9200 race shocks is also used in many of BILSTEIN’s direct fit applications, including the new B8 8112 ZoneControl® CR front shocks, and B8 8100 (Bypass) shocks for 2005-2017 Toyota Tacoma. Three compression zones and two rebound zones, all controlled by three fully-independent, position-sensitive, internal pistons, provide unparalleled damping performance and a complete bolt on, performance handling package for your vehicle. Now racers and consumers alike can benefit from BILSTEINs’ 50 years of motorsports experience.
For more information about Bilstein, go to

Statesville, NC: It all started in ’66. That’s the year Chevrolet introduced the world to Camaro and forever changed our love affair with the sports car. Fifty years of advanced engineering and masterful design have come together in the sixth-generation Camaro sports car. But every cake needs icing. Kooks Headers and Exhaust recently released a complete stainless steel exhaust system for the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS, which can add an incredible 40-plus rear-wheel horsepower (RWHP) and 35-plus foot-pounds of torque. It’s the best birthday gift you can give your 2016 Camaro. Available in 1 7/8-inch or 2-inch diameter primaries, as well as with GESI GREENCATS, Tuner Catalyst or off-road connection pipes, Kooks’ new 2016 Camaro exhaust system includes Cometic Gaskets and Stage 8 Locking Fasteners. Choose between polished or black exhaust tips. And because Kooks’ systems are proudly hand-crafted in America, with the highest attention to detail, you can rest easy with our limited lifetime warranty. For more information, call Kooks Headers and Exhaust at 1-866-586-KOOK (5665) or go to  




1 7/8” x 3” Stainless Steel Header


1 7/8” x  3” Stainless Steel Header and Catted Connection Pipe


1 7/8” x  3” Stainless Steel Header and GREEN Catted Connection Pipe


3” Exhaust System with Polished Dual Tips.

Must be used with Kooks Headers.


3” Exhaust System with Black Dual Tips.

Must be used with Kooks Headers.


OEM x 3” Axle Back System with Polished Dual Tips


OEM x 3” Axle Back System with Black Dual Tips


OEM x 3” Axle Back System with Polished Quad Tips


GREENWICH, OHIO – Unfinished business and a commitment to quality products were enough to bring Chrissy Gilmore back to Thermo-Tec Automotive as CEO. The daughter of Thermo-Tec founders Jim and Donna White—the originators of automotive exhaust wrap—Gilmore returns to the heat and sound management products company where she started at a very young age, having held various positions in the packaging, shipping & receiving, and accounting departments. “I have watched my parents build this business and this industry,” Gilmore said. “This year marks our 30th anniversary, and a new beginning.” Thermo-Tec is well known for its wide range of heat and sound management solutions that offer the top-quality performance and classic look customers crave, as exemplified by the new Armor line, which the company will release this spring. All the company’s products are proudly made in the USA. “Since 1987, we have been the industry leader in developing exhaust insulating and heat protection products,” Gilmore noted. “The followers in the industry duplicate everything we do, so staying one step ahead is what makes us superior.” Gilmore returns to Ohio from Grants Pass, Oregon, with her husband and two children. She will immediately begin working with her brother Jeremy to bring a new approach to marketing and advertising, as well as expanding the Thermo-Tec product line. “We are looking forward to new business ventures and working as a team with long-time employees to have another awesome 30 years, where we continue to grow and make waves in the automotive world,” Gilmore said. Prior to returning to Thermo-Tec, Gilmore spent time with the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier associate, local union steward and on-the-job training instructor. “We are extremely excited to have Chrissy back on board with Thermo-Tec,” said Nick Helms, Sales Manager of Thermo-Tec. “Her knowledge of the industry and passion for success will prove to be a great addition to the team. She has already proven to be an excellent leader and a well-driven CEO.” About Thermo-Tec: Since 1987, Thermo-Tec has been proud to offer the latest in exhaust insulating and heat protection technology. The company’s mission has always been to use research, experience, and innovation to provide a quality product to customers. Thermo-Tec manufactures more than 130 products that either control heat dissipation or reflect heat away from parts and components in an unlimited number of potential uses.