Troubled Lexus GX 470 Air Suspension: Repair, Replace or Convert?

Lexus’ GX 470, which stands for Grand Crossover, occupies a space unto itself in the SUV market. Somewhere between the increasingly popular crossover wagon/SUV and the luxury full-size SUV, the GX 470 ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers.

While the combination of performance and luxury has won over many hearts and minds in the auto world, drivers of older models and GX 470s with high mileage are starting to notice many problems with the vehicle’s air suspension.

Some drivers have noticed their GX 470 having trouble maintaining its ride height. In others, the car has sagged in the rear or leaned to one side. Others may have noticed a suspension warning light.

In every case, a busted air suspension can’t be ignored. Not only does a leaking or broken air suspension make the ride uncomfortable, it puts the driver and every passenger at risk.

There are several routes to take when considering how to fix the busted Lexus GX 470 air suspension. Let’s take a look at each of them.

Option 1: Repair Your GX 470 Air Suspension Piece-by-Piece

The problem with your GX 470’s air suspension could be as simple as a torn air line or leaky air bag. Repairing these items won’t cost too much or take up too much time at the mechanic.

However, if one of the components on your Lexus’ air suspension has gone, the rest are sure to follow.

Air suspensions are highly complex, computer-controlled systems. They require every component functioning properly in order to work at full efficiency.

When one component goes down, the rest pick up the slack to try and keep things smooth for the driver.

While admirable, this extra stress causes the other components to wear out more quickly.

So while it might seem like an attractive option to simply replace the one component that’s broken at the time, it’s a surefire way to end up back at the mechanic soon.

Option 2: Replace Your Air Suspension With Another Air Suspension

These days, you have plenty of options for replacing your air suspension with another, similar air suspension.

Whether you go to the dealership or look for aftermarket parts from a third-party vendor, it is certainly possible to replace all of the components in your air suspension.

The advantage of this option is that you get to keep your air ride. However, there are two main disadvantages.

The first is cost. By the time your car is ready for a new suspension, it will have decreased in value significantly. A new air suspension will run you close to $4,000, likely more when extra labor is figured in.

The second disadvantage is that you’re replacing a system that is busted with one that you know will break down in the same amount of time or even less, depending on the quality of the product.

While it may be nice to keep that air ride feel, you’re setting yourself up for future repairs once again.


Option 3: Convert (and Save!)

If you’re tired of always dealing with air suspension issues and want to save some money, a conversion kit might be the answer. These kits allow Lexus GX 470 owners to ditch that air suspension in favor of sturdy, reliable coilover struts.

You can convert all four wheels of your Lexus to coilovers for less than $700!

The beauty in these systems is in the simplicity. Air suspensions employ more than a dozen components including many moving parts and computers. These suspensions use simple mechanical resistance to get the job done.

Strutmasters has gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride quality is similar to that of your original air suspension. The springs are carefully rated and the shocks are obsessively tuned to be the perfect fit for the GX 470.

Best of all, the conversion kit comes with a Lifetime Limted Guarantee. That means that you can rest assured knowing that your suspension is going to last.

If you think converting your Lexus is the way to go, give one of our suspension experts a call at (866) 360-7558 or go ahead and buy the kit from our website! Customer service is here to help.

Oberhofer Joins Millican & Co. at Straightline Strategy Group

The wheels keep turning for Clay Millican and the Straightline Strategy Group over this NHRA offseason. It was announced earlier this week that veteran tuner Jim Oberhofer would be joining the Straightline Strategy Group. SSG is the racing team which owns Millican’s Parts Plus/Strutmasters Top Fuel car.

Before moving over to SSG, Oberhafer most recently worked on Kebin Kinsley’s Top Fuel dragster. Before that, he spent spending several years as the head tuner for Doug Kalitta’s car.

Oberhofer will start off the season working with new crew chief Mike Kloeber on Millican’s car. He will then move over to serve a full-time position on Paul Lee’s Funny Car, also owned by SSG.


Paul Lee’s Big Comeback

Racing fans, along with friends and family, will be happy to see Lee behind the wheel. He has spent the last two years rehabbing from a massive heart attack and a surgery that required three stents to be placed in his main artery. He had previously retired following the ordeal.

“I am excited to join SSG and getting back doing what I love most, driving and competing in the McLeod Racing Nitro Funny Car in NHRA,” said Lee. “After two years of hard work recovering from my heart attack, I can hardly believe I get to go race again. Driving a Nitro Funny Car has been my lifelong passion. I’m also looking forward to teaming with Clay Millican, working with my buddy Jim-O, and excited to work with the entire SSG organization. SSG will be a powerhouse team now and into the future.”


More Moves for Straightline Strategy Group

The moves to bring in Lee and Oberhofer are part of a larger strategy by SSG to diversify their racing outfit. The company also brought three other drag racers on board as part of the plan: Matt Hartford, who celebrated his first Pro Stock national event win during the 2018 season, No-Prep Kings/Street Outlaw driver Jeff Lutz, and Harley-Davidson racer Janette Thornley.

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Steven Cole, who is also new to the SSG team after spending time with John Force Racing, is optimistic about the aggressive moves the company is making.

“Simply put, there is strength in diversity and numbers as it concerns marketing partners,” said Cole. “We can bring expanded exposure opportunities through multiple major platforms [classes] in drag racing that will no doubt prove beneficial for sponsors.”


The off-season moves reflect a big push for the company behind Millican, who finished third overall in the NHRA Top Fuel series this season. It is clear that next year’s goal is nothing short of a national racing title.

The Engineering Behind the Signature Strutmasters Ride Quality

Since 1999, Strutmasters has been helping customers replace their troublesome air suspensions with sturdy, made-in-the-USA coilover suspensions.

The main challenge for the company is in providing the same ride quality as the air suspensions that are being replaced. Air suspensions make for a very smooth ride and most people don’t want to give that up.

That’s where Strutmasters’ Glide-Ride Technology comes into play. Here’s a little insight into how the company can make a coilover suspension still ride so smooth.

High Quality Manufacturing

The first and most important step to achieving that signature Strutmasters ride quality is producing kits with high-quality components.

The springs in these kits are made of high grade steel and manufactured right here in the USA. Strutmasters works closely with manufacturers to ensure every spring in every kit meets stringent quality standards.

As a testament to the manufacturing quality, each kit comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. This ensures that if there is a quality issue, it will be fixed at little to no cost to the customer.

Accurate Tuning

Though the end result of a Strutmasters coilover strut looks simple from the outside, there’s actually a lot that goes into engineering it.

There are many variables between cars that determine how its shocks should be tuned. Tuning is basically calibrating a suspension to handle the job for an individual car. A poorly tuned suspension will provide a terrible ride.

Each Strutmasters kit takes any and all variables into account when it is being developed. Cars of a different weight or wheelbase, for example, have drastically different needs from one another.

Proper Spring Rating

In a passive suspension system, the springs do most of the work. They ensure that the wheels are making contact with the road. The springs also absorb the majority of the force of road travel.


Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that the springs used in our kits are properly rated.

Too soft and your car will bounce and scrape. Too stiff and you’ll be suffering through a really uncomfortable ride.

Strutmasters works out the exact rating needed for each of its kits, ensuring a happy medium fit for every car.

Ease of Installation as Part of Ride Quality

A suspension does you no good if it’s not installed properly.

That’s why the installation process is a major part of the Strutmasters engineering workflow. It’s in everyone’s best interest that installing the new suspension be as clear and simple as possible.

Engineers work to ensure that every component fits perfectly and is a breeze to install. This not only ensures the comfort and longevity of the new suspension, it also saves costly labor time.

When you’re ready to see check out the signature Strutmasters ride quality for yourself, visit our website to find your kit or call one of our suspension experts at (866) 985-0387.

Is Your Ford Expedition Air Suspension Failing? 6 Warning Signs

The Ford Expedition was one of the auto giant’s best selling vehicles in the early 00s. It combined enormous cabin space, a touch of luxury with all the practical sensibility Ford is known for.

The early 00s models featured an air suspension that provided a soft and smooth ride. Over time, however, those air suspensions proved to be problematic.

Expedition owners with more than 70,000 miles have started to get suspension warning lights. Sometimes they’ve noticed that their air suspension is completely busted and are now looking at a repair bill up in the thousands.

Like any car problem, early detection is the key to avoiding breaking the bank to keep your Expedition on the road. Here are some warning signs to look for.


1. Your Expedition is Sagging in the Rear

Does your Ford Expedition look like it’s crouching down?

When a vehicle sags in the rear and maintains its ride height in the front, the problem is almost certainly the air suspension.

Like most cars with an air suspension, the rear is the most common point of failure in the Expedition. This is usually caused by degraded air bags.



2. Give it the “Bounce Test”

An easy way to get a general idea of your suspension health is to give it the bounce test.

To do this, just walk to each corner of your car and push down hard in the bumper. If the car bounces back up and stops moving, that particular corner is fine. If it continues to bounce up and down, you have a problem.



3. Your Expedition is Leaning to One Side

While the rear is the most common point of failure in an air suspension, it isn’t always where it fails first.

Sometimes an air bag can be ruptured or torn from road trauma, like hitting a pothole. This can also happen as a result of some particularly rough road debris.

Park your Expedition on a level surface and walk around it to see if it sits evenly. You can use a piece of paper or anything with a right angle to guide you.


4. A Noisy Compressor

You should barely, if at all, notice your Expedition’s suspension compressor running. The compressor will run in cycles of just a few seconds. When it is functioning properly it is very quiet.

If you are hearing your compressor running loudly, or notice that it’s running for longer than before, that’s a sign that it’s working harder than it should.

This can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes there is a leak in the air bag or air lines, which means the compressor needs to pump more air to inflate the air bags properly. This can also happen if there is a communication error in the computer system somewhere.

If you notice your compressor running too loud or too long, it’s time to have the system looked at.



5. Nose Dive

When the front suspension in your Expedition is weak or soft, the car will lurch forward as it comes to a stop.

The faster the car is moving coming into that stop, the more the “nose” of the car will dive down and the rear will pop up.

If you’re experiencing a nose dive in your Ford Expedition you are putting a lot of strain on what’s left of your air suspension. Avoiding the problem will only make it worse.



6. Good Brakes, Poor Stopping Performance

When a car is stopping poorly, the first thing we think to check is the brakes. But what if you’ve just replaced your brake pads and your Expedition is still taking longer than it should to stop?

The answer could lie with your suspension. A worn out suspension can take 12% more distance to stop than one with a healthy suspension. That can literally be the difference between life and death.

Once you’ve ruled out your brakes as the culprit, check on your air suspension.


How to Fix It


You can keep the original air suspension that came on the car. However, this means you’ll be looking at either replacing the system entirely or repairing piece by piece likely for the rest of the car’s lifetime.

Replacing the air suspension entirely will cost up to $4,500 if done at the dealership. That is quite a lot of money, especially for a high mileage car.

There is, however, a less expensive and more worry-free option that you may not have considered: ditch the air ride entirely and convert to passive coil springs and shocks.

This conversion kit sells for just under $600. Made up of just a small number of high-quality, durable components, it will replace all four points of your suspension completely.

It’s simple enough that it can be installed at home by you or anyone else with a little technical know-how and some basic tools. That means that for just a few hours of your time, you could save almost $4,000. Problem fixed for good.

Best of all, this robust suspension system comes with a limited lifetime warranty. That means you will only spend the money once to repair your suspension forever.

Click this link to purchase your conversion kit online or call one of your suspension experts at (866) 358-0127 to help you with your order.


Convert and save today!

IHRA Legend: A Look Back at Clay Millican’s Amazing Run

Clay Millican had a breakout season this year in the NHRA. Finishing third overall, he was the only real threat to winner Steve Torrence for most of the season.

He won two events and broke several records along the way. It was a memorable season for Clay and for fans of the sport.

While his stock is rising in the NHRA, Clay was absolutely unstoppable in the International Hot Rod Association, or IHRA.

The Legend of “Six-Time”

NHRA fans know Millican as the down-to-earth fan favorite, a lovable southern gentleman with a huge heart and a heavy foot.

At the end of his tenure in the IHRA, Millican was known by the nickname “Six-Time” to his friends and family. That comes from winning six IHRA championships.

Six championships is impressive enough. However, Millican won those six championships in just seven seasons.



More Than Just IHRA Championships

Here’s another mind-blowing fact about Millican’s incredible IHRA run:

From his first full season as a Top Fuel driver in 2000 to his last IHRA season in 2006, Millican never finished worse than second in points.

Add to that 51 national event wins and countless world records, and it’s easy to see why many consider Clay Millican the greatest IHRA driver of all time.


Memorable Moments in IHRA History

In addition to being a bona fide winner, Millican often wowed fans with impossibly quick passes.

One of the most memorable was in Rockingham, North Carolina at the World Finals in 2005. Clay Millican laid down one of the fastest laps a Top Fuel Dragster has ever recorded, an almost unbelievable 4.484 seconds.


“Every time we went to Rockingham it was just something about that track and our team that just clicked,” Millican said at the time. “The weekend That we ran the 4.48 that was the Werner Enterprises car and that was one bad hot rod. We had the championship locked up and we were just going for it. We just wanted to see what we could get away with.”

Looking Ahead

These days, Millican is working on recapturing his IHRA glory. In a much-publicized move, the Stringer Performance team replaced Crew Chief David Grubnic with Mike Kloeber. Kloeber was Millican’s crew chief during his incredible IHRA run.

While not content to rest on his laurels, Millican has fond and proud memories of his International Hot Rod Association days.

“The money from winning those things is long gone now, but those trophies are the very first thing you see when you walk into our race shop. In the end the trophies mean much more than the money ever could,” Millican said. “The ability to say that I have won six world Championships is something no one can take away from me. I am very proud of that fact and everything that I accomplished during the incredible years I spent racing with the IHRA.”

Why Your Nissan Armada Air Suspension Keeps Failing

Chances are, if you’re a Nissan Armada owner, you’re in love with the space, luxury and comfort the SUV provides. Chances are, however, if that Armada has more than 80,000 miles on it, you’ve already experienced one or more problems with the rear air suspension.

The most common early complaint is a noisy compressor. But maybe it’s not that.

Maybe the ride is sagging lower than it used to. Perhaps it’s taking longer stop even though your brakes are in order. Maybe it leans to one side or sags in the rear. If it’s gotten bad, you’ve already gotten a suspension warning light.

While the failure of an air suspension is an inevitability in just about any vehicle, let’s take a look at why the Armada’s suspension fails.

The Armada is a Big ‘Ol Vehicle

First things first, the Nissan Armada is an absolute unit. Weighing in at just over 5,500 pounds unloaded, the car asks a lot of its suspension before you even start the ignition.

Once you start loading the vehicle up with cargo and passengers, you could be reaching close to 7,000 lbs. That is simply a lot of weight.

Even the most robust air suspensions eventually give out. You can bet that after city driving, hauling things, road trips and more of the normal wear and tear, the original suspension has taken a beating.


Complicated System

Air suspensions are known as “active” suspensions because they respond to changes in the road. To do this, the Armada employs a series of ride height sensors. These measure changes in the height of the vehicle.

These changes are then reported back to the control module, a tiny computer that controls the suspension. The control module then determines how much air is needed in the air springs and sends that signal to the compressor.

The compressor then uses another controller to determine how much air is going to which spring. This air travels through a series of flexible tubes to inflate the springs.

If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is.

Furthermore, the system relies on all parts being fully functional. When one component goes down, the rest of the components are asked to pick up the slack. This can lead to early failure.

Air Suspension Components are Not That Durable

Air suspensions require several flexible components in order to work. Plastic hoses carry the pressurized air. The air springs themselves are made of a flexible rubber.

In addition, the Nissan Armada air suspension requires moving parts like those in the air compressor or the ride height sensors. Moving parts just wear down. It’s in their nature.

In comparison to passive struts which use no moving parts, air suspensions are guaranteed to wear out.

Expensive to Maintain and Repair

Overall, the issue isn’t necessarily with the Armada, it’s with air suspensions as a whole. Though they do provide a wonderful ride, they are just going to fail at some point.

Repairing or replacing parts on your air suspension can be extremely costly. Most parts are very specialized and difficult to deal with.

Replacing all the components in your rear air suspension could cost you upwards of $1,300 for parts alone. And that’s if none of the electronics need replacing. Those could set you back at least another few hundred, if not more.

This might leave many owners in a jam, with parts and labor to replace the rear air suspension approaching the value of an older Armada. Your otherwise perfectly good car might be cost prohibitive to fix.

Conversion Kits–The Inexpensive, Guaranteed Alternative

For about the cost of a new compressor or two air springs you can replace your Armada’s air suspension with a brand new coil suspension.

With a Strutmasters conversion kit, you can replace that busted air suspension with robust, dependable coilover struts.

With top-shelf manufacturing quality and no moving parts, Strutmasters can comfortably guarantee that your new suspension will last for the remainder of your Armada’s lifetime.

Best of all, it’s not too difficult to install yourself. You probably have all the tools you need at home already!


It’s the simple solution you may not have considered.

If you’re looking to save your Armada without breaking the bank, give us a call at (866) 239-4896 to speak with one of our friendly professionals today!


4 Common Audi A8 Suspension Problems (and How to Fix Them)

The Audi A8 of the 2000s brought the car manufacturer to the forefront of the foreign luxury car market in the United States. With a combination of luxury and performance that rivaled the “other” German brands, Audi broke through and became a major player.

Part of the car’s luxury appeal was its sophisticated air suspension system. While providing an excellent ride, like all air suspensions it has proven to suffer from longevity issues. This has left owners with few good options on maintaining their Audi’s ride quality.

The A8s from this time had several common issues that affected its suspension performance.

Faulty Control Module

The Audi A8’s air suspension is controlled by an electronic control module. This module is actually a small computer that reads electronic signals from the sensors. Then it determines how much air pressure is needed at each shock.

Like all electronic parts, the control module is prone to the occasional software issue or malfunction. This might cause the the air springs to over or under-inflate. In turn, this can cause extra stress on the other suspension components.

Leaky A8 Air Springs

The air springs used to cushion the ride need to be made of a flexible material. As a result, they aren’t as sturdy as parts made out of metal.

Over tens of thousands of miles, these often plastic and rubber components bear the full weight of the car. They are destined to wear out at some point, and usually well before the 100,000 mile mark.

If kept in a very cold or very dry environment, these air springs may wear out even sooner.

Punctures or Tears in the Air Lines

Your A8 uses air lines made of flexible plastic or rubber tubing to carry pressurized air from the compressor to the air springs. These materials are prone to being nicked or cut.

No matter where you live, road debris is just a part of the life of a driver. It’s not uncommon for small pieces of rock or glass to puncture an air line.

This problem is very easy to overlook. However, it will cause the compressor to work overtime to keep the air springs inflated. This will cause early failure in the compressor if left untreated.

Worn Out Compressor

The pressurized air used to pump up your air springs is generated by a small compressor under the hood of your Audi A8.

This compressor is itself a small engine made up of tiny moving parts. Like all moving parts, it will eventually wear out.

Furthermore, when other parts of the air suspension start to fail it is usually the compressor that picks up the slack. This makes them prone to failing before they are supposed to.

How to Fix It

You can choose to fix each component of your Audi A8’s failing air suspension. This method is usually very expensive. The compressor alone may cost more than $2000 just for the part! Add labor to that and just to replace the compressor you’d be out nearly $2500.

It may seem tempting to spend just a few hundred dollars here to replace one of the air struts and hold on to that air ride. However, as they are built on an interconnected system, once one component starts to go, the others are sure to follow.

An Alternative

Wouldn’t it make sense then, knowing that air suspension is going to fail completely at some point, to just get rid of the problem entirely?

With a Strutmasters Audi A8 4 Wheel conversion kit, you can divorce yourself from that troublesome air suspension for good by replacing it with a brand new extra-sturdy coilover suspension.

Like all Strutmasters kits, this one is specially tuned for your 2002-2009 Audi A8. Our patented Glide Ride technology ensures you’ll be experiencing a similarly smooth ride to your original air suspension.

Best of all, it costs a fraction of the price. For less than $1,000 you can replace your entire suspension. That’s thousands upon thousands less than it would cost to repair or replace the air suspension at the dealer. 

Here’s a video detailing one Audi A8 success story here:

When you’re ready to make the switch, give our friendly and helpful customer service a call at (866) 830-5450. We’re here to help!

The Top 5 Moments From Clay Millican’s Incredible 2018 NHRA Season

Clay Millican finished third in the 2018 NHRA Top Fuel season, his best season to date in the NHRA. Always a fan favorite, Millican provided racing fans with some of the most exciting and emotional moments of 2018.

Let’s take a look back at Clay Millican’s top five moments from the 2018 NHRA Top Fuel season.

5. Clay pulls out the win after his engine explodes in Charlotte


After jumping out ahead in a Carolina Nationals Qualifier in Charlotte, Clay’s engine burst into flames. Millican would maintain his cool despite his car being on fire and won the round. He thankfully walked away unscathed.


4. Clay explodes off the line to clinch his second career event in Topeka


Clay won the second national event title of his career after he gunned his Strutmasters/Great Clips car to a 3.727 at 332.59 MPH pass, beating Terry McMillen in the finals.



3. Clay sets a new track record in Atlanta


Millican set a new track speed record of 331.12 mph during the second round of qualifying in the Southern Nationals.

“To go 331 mph in Atlanta is pretty cool,” said Millican, at the time. “The car is the quickest in the world and I’m proud of that.


2. Clay makes the quickest pass in NHRA history


It didn’t take long for Clay to put the NHRA on notice in 2018. During the Lucas Oil Winternationals, the first race of the 2018 season, Millican set a Top Fuel national time record of 3.628 seconds at 322.04 mph.

“I knew it was a special run at the 330-foot mark,” said Millican. “And I even shut the car off a bit early so we know we can improve upon those numbers at some point.”



1. Clay picks up the win on the 20th anniversary of his first race


Clay Millican picked up his second win of the season and third of his career at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. But the race had more significance than just being part of back-to-back wins for Millican and the Stringer Performance racing team.

The race came on the 20th anniversary of the track’s first NHRA event which, coincidentally was Clay Millican’s first racing event. Millican didn’t fare nearly as well in the 1998 event, earning a DNQ.

“This place is really special,” said Millican. “I was the very first car to pull out on this facility. It’s such a crazy, crazy thing to win here 20 years later.”


All in all it was an amazing season for Millican and for NHRA fans across the country. With the Stringer Performance team already making some changes for next season, it’s looking like 2019 might be just as exciting, if not more.

After His Best Year Yet, Clay Millican is Gunning for the Top in 2019

In the shadows of Steve Torrence’s historic 2018 season, it’s easy to overlook the incredible season that Clay Millican had this year.

The Tennessee native fan favorite won two races and was the only racer within sniffing distance of Torrence for much of 2018. He survived a series of fires and explosions and pulled off some dramatic trial wins.

But by the looks of things over at Stringer Performance, Clay and his team are just getting started.


Millican’s Championship Reunion


Last week it was announced that Stringer Performance was replacing tuner David Grubnic with Mike Kloeber, despite the success of Millican’s 2018 run. This left the question as to why.


To answer that, one needs to look back into Clay Millican racing history just a bit.

Before ascending the ranks in NHRA Top Fuel, Clay Millican won six IHRA championships in just seven seasons. His crew chief? Mike Kloeber.


Excited for the Future

Despite the close of the 2018 season coming just a few days ago, Stringer Performance owner Doug Stringer is already looking ahead towards the future.

“We’re excited for what the future holds for us,” Stringer said. “There’s a long relationship between Mike [Kloeber] and Clay, so there’s a huge comfort level there. Mike’s got some unfinished business out here, as does Clay.”

As for the swirling questions around Grubnic’s departure and Kloeber’s arrival, Stringer has a no-nonsense answer.

“People say, ‘Wow, they’re changing crew chiefs, their direction.’ Yes, people are moving on and people are moving in, but our direction is to win the championship next year.”


Championship Vision

It’s clear that there is one goal for the 2019 NHRA season for Clay and Stringer Performance: winning the National Championship.

New crew chief Kloeber spoke about his move to Stringer earlier last week.


“Getting a call from Doug Stringer with the opportunity to race with this team provides a path to conclude some unfinished business for us all — winning a NHRA Mello Yello Championship,” he said.

Kloeber describes all the pieces that he hopes will come together to create a winning formula for 2019.

“With the addition of partners Scott Gardner and J.J. Koehler to the team, along with Doug, who I also share a history with, my motivation couldn’t be any higher. Their expertise and additional resources position the program for exceptional growth and performance.”

As proud sponsors of Stringer Performance racing and Clay Millican, we here at Strutmasters couldn’t be more ready for February 7th when the 2019 NHRA season kicks off at the Lucas Oil Winternationals.