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Wednesday, 16 January 2019


LiveWire Available for US Dealer Pre-Order as “Harley-Davidson Electrifies the [Expensive] Future”  


Harley-Davidson used the platform afforded by the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January to confirm more details about its ‘LiveWire’ electric motorcycle - finally confirming availability from August 2019, with a domestic US MSRP of $29,799.Harley unveiled two new concept electric two-wheelers and announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire, its “first electric production motorcycle,” stating that domestic U.S. dealers can pre-order at LiveWire “with deliveries expected this fall and select global markets to be announced at a later date.”
Said to represent the future of Harley-Davidson, “bringing high-performance electric propulsion, evocative design and cellular connectivity to today’s riders,” LiveWire is slated to be “the first of a new electric portfolio of motorcycles that provides an all-new two-wheel experience, delivering thrilling acceleration, agile handling, premium materials and finishes, and a full suite of electronic rider aids and interfaces for a completely connected experience.”
Implying that the performance of the LiveWire motorcycle will be for “seasoned motorcyclists,” Harley also claims that its clutch-free design “also makes the experience for new riders easier than ever.”
Harley-Davidson also debuted two additional electrified future concepts that “further explore the potential of urban mobility and in keeping with LiveWire, both concepts bring Harley-Davidson’s expertise in expressive two-wheeled experiences and push boundaries in design and technology.
“These motorcycles are a significant part of the ‘More Roads to Harley-Davidson’ [strategic] plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally.”

‘minimal vibration, heat and noise’

Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO, said: “We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront. Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.
“Our vision for the future is all encompassing - for all ages, from urban professional to exurban retiree, and from commute-minded to thrill-seeking, we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These two concepts are further statements towards that. Our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space begins this fall with the production 2020 LiveWire.”

Further described by the company as “the perfect combination of power, performance and technology,” features will include acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds - “the instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.”
Citing the ease-of-use of ‘Twist-and-Go’ platforms, Harley states that “electric power requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders. All riders will appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode as it adds charge to the battery, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic.”
With connectivity and electronic rider aids informing much of the R&D investment budgets for the whole of the global motorcycle industry at this time, the LiveWire will be equipped with H-D Connect, which pairs motorcycle riders with their bikes through an LTE-enabled Telematics Control Unit (developed in conjunction with Panasonic), coupled with connectivity and cloud services using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson App.
LTE is a 4G connection protocol (“fourth-generation long term evolution”) offering a connection that is more reliable and delivers much higher speeds than conventional 4G and the 3G it replaces - up to 10 times faster than most 3G connections.
Harley says that this technology will make the LiveWire motorcycle the first North American mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle. With H-D Connect, data is collected and transferred to the App to provide information to the rider’s smartphone about a range of functions including motorcycle status. Information available through H-D Connect includes battery charge status and available range from any location where a sufficient cellular signal is available.
This allows the rider to remotely check the charge status, including charge level and time to completion. “Riders will be able to locate a charging station with ease thanks to an integrated location finder built into the H-D App.”
H-D Connect features tamper alerts and vehicle location, indicating the location of the parked LiveWire motorcycle with alerts sent to the rider’s smartphone if the bike is tampered with or moved and includes GPS-enabled stolen-vehicle tracking, service reminders and notifications, performance and range optimization “for the urban street rider, who will be able to travel an estimated 110 miles of urban roads on a single charge.”

The chassis is designed to deliver agile handling for “confident control on urban streets and a thrilling ride on curving backroads,” with the H-D Revelation powertrain sitting “low in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds and make it easier to balance when stopped.” LiveWire is also said to feature advanced technology including standard cornering-enhanced anti-lock braking system and traction control. The systems are said to be “fully electronic and utilize the latest inertial measurement unit and ABS sensor technology.”
Harley says it is also addressing the issues of sound and vibration, claiming that LiveWire will feature a “distinctive Harley-Davidson sound and minimal vibration - the powertrain produces minimal vibration, heat and noise, all of which enhance rider comfort. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed. This new futuristic sound represents the smooth electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.
The onboard Level 1 charger and power cord can connect to any standard household outlet and get a full charge overnight. For a faster charge, riders can visit any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station. Harley says the riding range estimates are based on current SAE testing of LiveWire concept models - “actual riding range will vary based on several factors including weather and driving conditions - and that the H-D Connect service will not be available in all markets, with market availability being announced when LiveWire starts to ship in August 2019.

Tucker V-Twin

Tucker V-Twin 2019 catalog

The newly unveiled 2019 Tucker V-twin catalog features over 1,730 pages of parts, accessories, performance and service items complemented by products available for V-twin dealers to use in their shops and retail to their customers from the Tucker Tires, Shop, and Service catalog, the Bike Master parts and Accessories program, the Twin Power catalog and apparel lines including Speed & Strength.
New Tucker V-Twin programs for 2019 include Quantum Fuel Systems, Epic Naked Series parts and accessories, a slew of Twin Power additions, dress-up and conversion parts and accessories for M-8 Softails, no end of performance upgrades for all Harley models, including the M-8 Tourers and Softails, and famous name as well as hundreds of harder to find branded parts programs.
Well-known brands run from AIM’s Variable Pressure clutches right the way through to Wiseco pistons and kits, including all the well-known MAG brands such as Vance & Hines, RSD, Kuryakyn, Progressive Suspension, Mustang, Performance Machine, Burly Brand and Xtreme Machine – over 150 brands and 34,000 SKUs in total.

News Briefs

At the end of October Harley announced a recall affecting some 177,000 FL models from 2017 and 2018 on which there is a clutch fluid leak risk – if the clutch cannot be disengaged, it could result in loss of control. The secondary clutch actuator cylinder may leak fluid internally and the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

Popular International Sales Manager Ken Ciocci has left Spectro Oils after more than 30 years. The Brookfield, CT, based blender has announced Eric Christianson as its new Director of Global Business Development.

Google has enabled the motorcycle mode feature on Google Maps in Kenya, a first in Africa. The new routing mode offers turn-by-turn navigation, avoids restricted roads, suggests routes and shortcuts that are more efficient, and shows accurate arrival times. The feature was first introduced in India last year and is currently available in other Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, where motorcycle use is very widespread.

A big ‘shout out’ to Dr. Maral Yazarloo-Pattrick, an internationally respected academic, campaigner and fashion industry brand owner who, as a record-breaking superbiker, has travelled solo around the world to change attitudes towards women in her native Iran. Women there are banned from motorbike riding due to modesty laws, but she recently became the first Iranian woman to openly enter the country on a motorbike without being arrested.

Harley was in 6th place in market share terms in Germany for the year to October - taking a 10.14% share with 10,519 units sold there YTD for a +19.52 percent increase in market share compared to the first 10 months of 2017. Their top sellers were the Street Bob, Fat Bob 114 and Breakout 114. 

The total motorcycle market in Germany is theoretically reported as being +7.67% for the year to October at 103,730 motorcycles sold. However, while the number of bikes sold may well be accurate, comparisons with 2017 are misleading and this year may well have been ‘flat’ throughout Europe – the December 2016 pre-registration of Euro 3 bikes actually sold in 2017, after the Euro 4 compliance deadline, mean that last year’s sales were higher than recorded in the official stats.

Motorcycle Live in the UK in November saw Norton unveil two prototypes of its planned Norton Atlas - the Nomad and the Ranger naked style Roadsters. The 84 hp twins are using the 1200 cc from the long-planned Norton V4, cut in half, and is targeting production of 2000 Atlas units a year from 2019.

EICMA saw KTM unveil a new electric mini-cycle, the SX-E 5, which combines “class-leading knowledge in youth motorcycling with years of development work in the e-sector and based on the incredibly popular 2-stroke KTM 50 SX with a high-end chassis powered by an electric motor - zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, adjustable seat height and a KTM PowerPack that can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner (25 minutes for faster junior racers).” An external worldwide charger can restore full power in around one hour.

It’s the end of an era at AIMExpo. Industry stalwarts Larry Little, a former MIC Chairman and Cycle World publisher, and ex Advanstar/Indy Dealer Expo executive Mike Webster are stepping aside from their present roles, with Webster starting his own consultancy and Little going part-time. Another former Advanstar/Indy Dealer Expo executive, Cinnamon Kernes, will report to MIC President/ CEO Tim Buche as MIC Events VP/GM, and with 2018 marketing hire Andre Albert stepping up to serve as Sales and Marketing Director.

The AMA has objected to an announcement that the U.S. EPA has raised the amount of ethanol to be blended into vehicle fuel next year by 630 million gallons. All of the proposed increase is in advanced biofuels - ethanol is made from non-food sources. "By forcing more ethanol into our fuel supply, year after year, the EPA is increasing the risk for motorcycle owners, all-terrain vehicle riders and others whose vehicles are not equipped to use fuels containing more than 10% ethanol. Higher ethanol mandates, coupled with proposals to sell E15 fuel year-round, will begin to push ethanol-free and E10 fuel out of the marketplace, much in the way E10 has marginalized E0, the fuel required for older and vintage machines."

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, B&B, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MNW

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle to Sponsor ‘The One Moto Show’, Portland, February

Indian Motorcycle is sponsoring the 10th annual ‘One Moto Show’ in Portland, Oregon (February 8-10, 2019) and in celebration of the new partnership, ‘One Moto Show’ founder Thor Drake will unveil an Indian FTR 1200 that he designed and customized for this year’s show.

The bike will be on display at the show and put through the paces as it will be raced at The One Pro Super Hooligan Race.
The One Moto Show was conceived by Drake, owner of See See Motor Coffee Co., who wanted to create an event for friends who shared a passion for motorcycles and hosted the first show 10 years ago in an old abandoned foundry in Portland. The event has grown from its humble beginnings to a one-of-a-kind motorcycle show known for showcasing a variety of unique, unconventional bikes and serving as a gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.
As title sponsor for its 10th anniversary, Indian Motorcycle will feature a display at The One Moto Show and highlight the highly-anticipated FTR 1200 and the stripped-down, blacked-out Scout Bobber along with a variety of customs by builders like Roland Sands, Carey Hart, and more.
“Thor Drake is a pioneer in the motorcycle industry, continuously challenging the status quo and inspiring ingenuity within our community,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “As a brand that has always strived to push motorcycling forward, partnering with Thor and The One Moto Show is a natural fit for us.”
Along with Drake’s custom FTR 1200, RSD’s Super Hooligan race team will compete at The One Pro Race aboard the all-new FTR 1200.

EICMA Milan 2018 - Part 2

Galfer: Best known as the originators of the ‘Wave’ rotor, the Barcelona, Spain based manufacturer offers brake pads, lines, hoses and rotors for the majority of motorcycle segments, including Harleys – with OE replacement and performance upgrade options available. Check out the popular ‘Skull’ rotor design, which is selling really well in the custom and V-twin markets, and look for a new ‘Beehive’ inspired Hex-Tech design coming soon;


Marolotest: The French motorcycle workshop equipment manufacturer Marolotest celebrated its 60th anniversary this summer with an open-house and party for distributors, vendors, press and local dignitaries. Best known for its wide range of advanced design workshop lift options, Marolo is a favorite with authorized Harley dealers and aftermarket shops. The company also offers the space-saving ‘FlatLift’, only 8 cm (3.2”) high in its lowest position, it was specifically designed for heavier models with low ground clearance and provides easy access for technicians;


Newfren: Based near Turin, Italy, Newfren is one of the market’s leading brake pad, disc and clutch plate manufacturers. Founded in the 1950s by Alessandro Barbero, Newfren were innovators and early adopters of a number of new brake technologies - such as bonded friction material, gravity and high pressure die casting and brake shoes without rivets. The revolutionary glues that Barbero developed are said to have “changed the production of brake shoes forever”. The company is still in family ownership - with Valter Barbero at the helm - and in recent years they have invested heavily in new manufacturing technology at its soon to be ISO 14000 environmentally certified 65,000 sq ft facilty/100,000 sq ft site. Indeed, ahead of industry requirements where environmental manufacturing and compound formula requirements are concerned, Newfren has been granted UNI EN ISO 9001-2000 certification for its quality control systems and ABE certification from the German KBA for many of its products. The company says it offers “the most complete catalog of aftermarket parts for motorcycle and scooter brake shoes and clutches in Europe,” and although Newfren may not be a familiar name to many Harley and aftermarket dealers, the company has applications for Harley-Davidson and Indian models, including late model Softails and Tourers;


BC Battery Controller: A division of specialist Italian manufacturer Forelettronica, the ‘BC’ range of battery chargers and maintainers includes Pro Grade and consumer applications for the heavy duty charging and diagnostic requirements of Harley batteries;


TecMate: The market leading OptiMate range of battery testers, conditioners and chargers is as broad as it is deep, as versatile as it is reliable and as high-tech as it is ergonomic. Its USB accessories and 'charge' into the Li-ion battery care sector have set them apart from rivals in recent years, and with products such as its Solar Charger program, the company’s technology and grasp on the fundamentals of what dealers and riders need will continue to set them apart in the future too. Exclusively distributed in the United States by Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties;


MIPS: Developed by Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst and Peter Halldin of the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) is an “ingredient brand” and technology that is becoming widely adopted by leading motorcycle helmet brands (MSR, Answer, Kabuto, Thor, Bell, KYT, Fly Racing, Scott, Alpinestars, Troy Lee Designs and more) that protects the brain from rotational motion. A low friction layer allows a sliding movement of 10-15 mm in all directions, reducing the rotational motion (kinematics) to the brain during angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increases the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS says that its added protection system has been “proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain”;


Harley-Davidson: In Europe the decision by Harley to ‘eat’ the tariff-driven price increases imposed by the EU (in response to America’s steel and aluminum tariff increases) has been HUGE. The decision to protect dealers and brand enthusiasts from the Macro Economic silliness will no doubt come back into its balance sheet in years to come as the Motor Company looks to ride its many more roads towards 50 percent of sales being international. EICMA saw considerable appreciation for the debut of the production-ready Livewire in a market that “gets it” where brand values, electric power and urban mobility are concerned;


Showa: The well-known Japanese suspension manufacturer continues to develop its aftermarket product line with new electronically controlled steering damper and vehicle adjustment technologies. Showa EERA ‘HeightFlex’ is an electronically controlled height adjustment technology that will be available for a wide range of models, including Harley applications;


Cardo: The market-leading rider communications specialist has joined forces with respected audio brand JBL – a division of the Harman Group - and one of the most respected names in the top-end audio industry. With embedded audio software technology developed by JBL specifically for Cardo at its Los Angeles audio labs, Sound by JBL now gives riders the highest standard of audio quality in Cardo’s latest generation of Packtalk communication systems, including the Freecom 4+, “establishing a new standard of audio quality for motorcyclists. Cardo can justifiably claim to have reinvented motorcycle audio performance by introducing the next generation Dynamic Mesh Communication platform, improved ease-of-use with industry-first one-step natural voice commands, allowing riders to simply say “Hey Cardo” without having to press any buttons, and the always on device reacts instantaneously. The Dynamic Mesh technology that underpins the Cardo Packtalk concept allows up to 15 riders to join and leave communications and conversations with fellow riders over a distance of up to 5 miles without the network crashing and the riders needing to re-establish communications because it doesn’t use the conventional “cascade connection chain” technique. Instead it is, quite literally, a “dynamic mesh” that allows any rider to join and leave at any time;

Community garage part 2

Motorcycling and the Sharing Economy – ‘Riders Share’

In the second part of his analysis of the changes taking place in the market, ‘GarageTime’ owner Andrew Koretz says that while it may challenge the motorcycle industry orthodoxy, the sharing economy is a response to many of the demographic changes that are happening and that riders have never had more options…

Once upon a two-stroke, advancements in motorcycle technology focused on material science and mechanical engineering to create lighter components, safety equipment to better protect the rider, and harder revving, fuel-conscious engines. The future of motorcycling is indeed centered around technology, but the focus is on creating and delivering accessible, cost-effective and digital solutions for tomorrow’s rider.

It is often contemplated how we have gotten to the point where technology has dominated our lives and if it’s really for the better. Evidenced by the increasing density of our urban environments, wages that don’t keep up with the cost of living, educational debt hanging over the heads of many, and non-stop personal and work schedules, it’s no wonder we’ve turned to technology for assistance.
That technology has manifested itself in the form of Uber, Airbnb and others in the sharing economy that allow individuals to rent or borrow goods from each other rather than buy their own. These companies are disrupting traditional establishments by creating frictionless solutions, lowering the cost of services, and building loyal communities. The sharing economy is now coming to motorcycles, recognizing the unmet demands of the next generation of riders, and challenging the barriers to riding in today’s environment.
By lowering the barriers of time, space and cost, the sharing economy is helping make motorcycles more accessible than ever before. There are 9 million registered motorcycles in the United States for 30 million licensed riders. Additionally, the average motorcycle is ridden less than 3,000 miles per year. 

With a large population of interested but inactive riders, as well as a fleet of underutilized bikes, ‘Riders Share’ believes that these existing bikes should be shared, lowering the cost of ownership and access for all. The peer-to-peer motorcycle rental marketplace helps bike owners offset ownership costs by listing their bikes for daily or weekly rental on their website.
Renters can access a catalog of bikes on-demand, ranging from a $32/day Vespa to zip around town, to a track-ready Ducati for $200/day. Riders suddenly have a fleet of available bikes to use on weekends or while traveling, as well as a de-facto test ride service before taking the plunge on a new purchase. The on-demand element allows renters to forego not only the cost of purchase, but also maintenance, parking and insurance expenses.
By sharing their motorcycle, bike owners can cover a lease payment with only a couple of rentals per month. Prospective renters must have had their license for 3 years, a clean background, and sign-off from the bike owner. In the event something goes awry, the entire transaction is insured under a private policy.

As housing costs continue to soar, garage space is at an all-time premium, and young enthusiasts are becoming more disconnected from their motorcycles and the habit of basic maintenance. ‘GarageTime’ is a website that lets enthusiasts rent daily do-it-yourself workspace from their neighbors, helping inspire the next generation of passionate DIYers. By connecting garages wanting to utilize their vacant space with motor enthusiasts eager for shop access, GarageTime leverages existing assets, helps garages earn extra income for dream projects, tool costs and home expenses, and helps build strong micro-communities of local enthusiasts.
Garage owners set their pricing, availability and rules when creating a listing. Shops range from a home garage with basic wrench set to a full commercial service station with use of air tools, vehicle lifts and mechanic assistance. GarageTime is a useful resource for motorcyclists on the road, offering a network of enthusiasts to turn to for an oil change, replacing a chain or mounting a new tire. By taking advantage of the spaces and tools already in existence, budding motorcyclists can save money, learn additional maintenance skills and don’t need to take out a mortgage to have shop space.
One of the most overlooked sharing economy platforms, and possibly the largest modern asset to motorcyclists, is the evolution of content on YouTube. Prior to YouTube, a big problem in the motorcycle world was that gearheads were extremely generous with their knowledge, but didn’t have a good place to share information long-term. Much of that information has been posted on forums, which are great communities to discuss ideas, but aren’t built for storing information as valuable threads are often lost among other posts.
YouTube laid the foundation for a deep user-generated repository of videos to preserve all that knowledge in an organized, easy-to-access format. Today, millions of detailed videos are accessible on-demand, and free of charge. Thousands of enthusiasts and shops have taken it into their own hands to post make and model-specific videos on diagnosing problems, motorcycle and gear reviews, and how to perform step-by-step maintenance.
We are in a golden age for motorcycling. Pressured by time, space and cost, modern riders demand flexibility and a value-added experience as they advance the sport. The sharing economy is paving the way by creating frictionless solutions for how motorcyclists engage with their bikes, service providers, and other members of the community. Riders have never had more options, and while these companies challenge the motorcycle industry status quo, they also present countless chances to engage with consumers at every step of the ownership cycle, offering opportunities to redefine product offering, cross-sell services and add value in new and exciting ways.

Drag Specialties

Custom Heated Grips

Made with durable high-performance Kraton rubber, these custom heated grips by Avon Grips feature a soft serrated texture for superior grip. Finished with black anodized aluminum or chrome, they fit cable and throttle-by-wire applications; the inside length is 4.6”. Drag Specialties, USA,,

Feuling Parts

HP+ and ‘Race Series’ M-8 Cam Chest Kits

Oceanside, California performance specialist Feuling Parts has these cam chest kits for M-8s to “bulletproof your engine with maximum reliability.”
Available in their HP+ or Race Series kits, CEO Luke Leatherman says they are quieter and result in smoother engine operation, increased oil pressure, 42% more scavenge volume with port sizing, matched passages and holes to the engine case and 68% more oil volume to the crankshaft and connecting rod bearing.
Said to deliver 15-25 degree cooler engine temperatures, 15-30 degree cooler oil temperatures and 10-30 more PSI of oil pressure, the kit reduces wet sumping, blow-by and oily air cleaners.

Heavy duty .165” wall one-piece pushrods reduce valvetrain harmonics and increase valve lift with test results showing +2 HP gain and 2 ft/lbs of TQ gain to the rear wheel on Milwaukee-Eight engines (plus as much as 50% reduction of engine sump oil level).
Specs for the water-cooled oil pumps include 30% more pressure gear volume over stock and 53% more scavenge gear volume over stock; for the oil-cooled engine oil pump 27% more pressure and scavenge gear volume over stock. An optional Feuling X ARP bolt kit is available for the high flow camplate and HP+ or RS oil pump combo.
The kits include the Feuling high volume oil pump, high flow billet camplate, Reaper series camshaft, hydraulic roller lifters, fixed length pushrods, Timken/Koyo cam bearing, rocker arm studs and nuts, gaskets, O-rings, ARP cam/crank fasteners, washers, moly lube and Loctite.
The kits are available in three different camshaft options. The 405 “is a true workhorse, producing a wide powerband, increasing torque and hp throughout the entire rpm range when compared to stock and will respond well with slip-on mufflers and/or complete exhaust systems and a high flow air cleaner (rpm range 1,700 - 5,700).
“The 465 Reaper is an accelerator, producing solid bottom end performance with substantial gains above 2,800 rpm when compared to stock; this cam will also respond well with increased bore and/ or compression (rpm range 1,850 - 5,950).

“The 521 Reaper grind has aggressive pulling power with a “nasty” sound, shines in 114” and larger cubic inch engines. This cam will respond well to ported cylinder heads and increased compression ratio. High lift valve springs are required, and a high flow exhaust and air cleaner are recommended (rpm range 2,250 - 6,250).”
The HP+ Series kits include the HP+ oiling system consisting of billet 6061 aluminum high volume oil pump, high flow camplate and HP+ hydraulic roller lifters; for 2017 and up oil-cooled M-8 models.
The Feuling ‘Race Series’ kits include a ‘Race Series’ oiling system - the billet 7075 oil pump, ‘Race Series’ lifters, high flow billet 7075 aluminum camplate; and billet 7075 aluminum oil pump, which is said to be 50% harder and stronger than the factory pump, holding tighter tolerances under temperature.
‘Race Series’ hydraulic lifters have a full .200” of total travel designed with a slower bleed down rate to handle heavy valve spring pressures, increase engine rpm before valve float and feature increased roller clearance for steep ramped camshafts and clearance for the M-8 front exhaust camshaft lobe flange.