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April '19

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28 THE SHOP APRIL 2019 OILS&FLUIDS PERFORMANCE Our hottest product for the Oils & Fluids market is … … one favorite for the off-road racing community is Maxima's RS15W-50 triple- ester-based engine oil that has made a huge impact on engine longevity and overall per- formance, according to reports from engine builders such as Ray Fields at Dougans Racing Engines, Danzio Performance and Kevin Kroyer at Kroyer Racing Engines. And the success of the RS line doesn't stop at the off-road community. Chad Mullins of Mullins Race Engines (five- time USMTS engine builder of the year), Vic Hill of Vic Hill Racing Engines, Tom Rider of Rider Racing Engines (410 Sprint car), and the Street Outlaws community, including good friend James Goad, aka the Reaper, all refuse to race without it. Its best features include … … RS is a full-synthetic, triple-ester racing engine oil designed to ensure maximum performance while providing maximum protection under the most severe condi- tions. The extensively developed formu- lation combines three unique, synergistic esters and proprietary friction-reducing additives with advanced anti-wear and extreme pressure agents to ensure max- imum torque, power output and wear resis- tance for all high-performance engines, including flat tappet. Shear-stable polymers maintain viscosity and film thickness, pre- serving the power and longevity needed to beat the competition. The biggest difference in the Oils & Fluids market now as compared to 10 years ago is ... … how different oil companies over the years have been at the peak of the industry. It wasn't until many of these companies started to sell off to the large toll blenders that we began to see the differences in quality that goes into the bottle. I have been told so many times, "My daddy used Brand X, my grandpa used Brand X, and I don't want to switch." The reality is that once these oil companies sold off to the toll blenders, everything but the labels changed. An unexpected benefit for shops offering Oils & Fluids is … … any shop working with a good oil com- pany can benefit from quality control. If you put your foot down and require your customer to use a good lubricant from the beginning, you avoid the headache of the cheap oil syndrome. We see it all the time—a customer spends $20,000 on a badass engine and uses $4-a-quart engine oil, then scratches his head as to why his flat tappet cam is, well, flat. The successful builders I see controlling this issue are the ones giving the break-in oil with the engine. No one argues with free—they use the break-in oil you recom- mend and they are happy. In fact, everyone is happy. I visit hundreds of engine builders a year and the ones who do this have the least to complain about. TORCO INTERNATIONAL CORP. Ontario, California Ernie Soliz Sales Director Our hottest product for the Oils & Fluids market is … … we are really excited about our SR-1 Super Street Oil. With all the late-model tuned street cars running around, we cannot ignore this segment. Today's pas- senger car oils are not enough to protect these modern high-performance engines. Once these engines are tuned, you are basically asking more out of the parts than they were originally designed for. When you increase the heat, speed and load on these engines, you better have an oil designed to protect them. Its best features include … … SR-1 Super Street Oil is available in 0W-20, 5W-30 and 5W-40 weights. The 5W-30 and 5W-40 grades meet specifica- tions for most European Car manufacturers. SR-1 is designed with a highly refined Group III synthetic base oil and fortified with a Group VI synthetic base oil. This base oil combination covers all the necessary fluid film lubrication these engines need. SR-1 also contains a Generation II MPZ boundary additive system that goes to work on demand and lays down the MPZ anti-wear barrier. This mostly happens in incredibly hot areas of the engine where the heat, speed and load have been increased so much that the fluid film may not be able to support moving internal engine parts for a moment. That is when MPZ goes to work to prevent scuffing, gulling, wear, etc. The outside factor currently having the greatest effect on the Oils & Fluids market is … … the American Petroleum Institute (API). It has made decisions to lower the anti-wear additive systems in passenger car engine oils by 40 percent (lowered zinc and phos- phorus). These decisions are mostly made with the environment in mind—they were not made with your engine's piston/ring/ cylinder and valvetrain wear in mind. This sets off all kinds of craziness. Builders are running these oils in expen- sive engine builds and hurting parts. Spe- cialty companies are making oils with 3,000 ppm of zinc. Average consumers are cur- rently buying the same passenger car oil at Walmart in the $8 range that they used to pay $4 for and they are getting 40-percent less anti-wear in it. That is a big deal. The biggest difference in the Oils & Fluids market now as compared to 10 years ago is … … from API SA (1930) through to SH (ended about 2000), the anti-wear addi- tive (zinc and phosphorus) content was increased with every new rating. In 2001 it started going the other way. It started to reduce the amount of anti-wear additives with every new rating. API SJ was reduced. API SL was reduced again. API SM/SN was reduced again. The zinc and phosphorus content is at an all- time low. It is so low that some of the OEMs resisted and questioned it to the point that API had to put a low limit on it. So, the zinc and phosphorus levels are at a maximum of 800 ppm and a minimum of 600 ppm in passenger car oils. The good news compared to 10 years ago is that base oils across the board have improved in quality. The refining processes have improved, making every level of base oil purer and cleaner. This means less byproduct as they continue to be refined when they are in your engine. Improved cold flow with almost all the wax removed and other subtle improve- ments have added up to the best base oils we have ever worked with. The good news compared to 10 years ago is that base oils across the board have improved in quality. (Photo courtesy Torco International Corp.)

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