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Why you need an aftermarket harmonic balancer

Found at the front of the engine attached to the snout of the crankshaft, harmonic dampers are used to quell the harmonics of the crankshaft and are vital parts of your hot rod.
12 Aug 2019
Evan J. Smith, National Dragster Contributor
Racing Technology
Race Tech
A common part found on all high-performance engines is a harmonic damper (or harmonic balancer, as they are often called). Found at the front of the engine attached to the snout of the crankshaft, harmonic dampers are used to quell the harmonics of…
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How superchargers can take your race car to the next level

Evan J. Smith takes you behind the history of supercharging in drag racing and how you can best apply it to your vehicle.
12 May 2019
Evan J. Smith, National Dragster Contributor
Racing Technology
Blower Driver Services
Supercharging has long been a favorite of drag racers who recognize that Mother Nature alone cannot supply ample airflow to the cylinders. You’ll find superchargers in a variety of classes within NHRA, and of course, today, they are regularly used…
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How to pick valve springs for your race car

Valve springs are the unsung heroes of horsepower. Evan Smith dives into the basics of the parts that control the valve train in the latest Racing Technology column.
10 May 2019
Evan J. Smith, National Dragster Contributor
Racing Technology
Valve Springs
It could be said that valve springs are the unsung heroes of horsepower. Tasked with a critical job of controlling the valve train, valve springs operate in a harsh environment. They are rapidly cycled while being subject to great force, friction,…
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