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MILLICAN SHOWING INDEPENDENT TEAMS CAN COMPETE WITH BIG GUYS

MILLICAN SHOWING INDEPENDENT TEAMS

CAN COMPETE WITH BIG GUYS

 

McLeansboro, IL (June 21, 2017) – Fresh from his first NHRA race win last week in Bristol, Clay Millican is ready to keep the momentum going at the 2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He is ready to put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster back in the Winner’s Circle.

 

“I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the messages and congrats I’ve received since Sunday night. My phone and social media has just blown up. I’m just so grateful,” Millican said. “I’ve always been confident that Grubby (Crew Chief David Grubnic) and the crew would get us in the Winner’s Circle. We’re just a small single-car team, but we showed the big guys that we can get the job done.”

 

Unlike most professional Top Fuel teams, the Stringer Performance team is based out of the small town of McLeansboro, Illinois. The crew is relatively young with most of them never working on a professional race team before. There are no high-tech frills in their shop. In fact, it’s a barn and it’s located in car owner Doug Stringer’s backyard. In their off time the crew fish in a pond down the hill or take shooting practice in the farm field.

 

“We are really a family team. That is something we really value and appreciate,” Stringer said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone after our win in Bristol. They all worked their tails off to compete against the multi-car teams and bring home a win. I know they’ll do it again soon.”

 

Millican and Stringer have worked together for three years now. In that time the team has continued to improve. In 2015 Millican finished the season No.11 and last year cracked the top 10. The victory in Bristol has put Millican No.7 in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, only 10 points behind Brittany Force.

 

Upon their return to McLeansboro after a month away on the NHRA Eastern Swing, the entire town has been invited to welcome the Stringer Performance team home and celebrate their Bristol win on Tuesday evening.

 

 

2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Schedule

Friday, June 23

6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1

8:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

 

Saturday, June 24

1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3

4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

 

Sunday, June 25

11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

 

 

2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals TV Schedule on FS1

Friday, June 23 – 10:30 p.m. Qualifying Coverage

Sunday, June 25 – 12:00 a.m. Qualifying Coverage

Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 p.m. Eliminations Coverage

 

About Stringer Performance

Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its third year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

Nissan Armada latest vehicle to get the Strutmasters treatment

 

Roxboro, NC – Owners of the beloved Nissan Armada now have a high-quality, inexpensive option when replacing their worn out suspension system thanks to Strutmaster Inc, which has added a conversion kit for the luxury SUV to its celebrated catalog.
Strutmasters developed a conversion kit for the Armada following an increase in demand for strut replacements for the 2004-2015 model years.

“The Nissan Armada has been a tremendously popular vehicle for good reason,” said Strutmasters Vice President Matt Lofton. “However, like most four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs that spend a lot of time on the road, the costly air suspension system tends to be one of the first things to wear out.”

The Strutmasters conversion kits are manufactured with genuine Eibach ® coil springs and made in the USA to ensure the utmost durability for the large luxury SUV. The company uses its patented Glide-Ride ® technology to tune its shocks, ensuring a smooth ride comparable or even preferable to the original suspension system. As with all of its industry-leading technology, Strutmasters offers a limited lifetime warranty on these replacement kits.Armada

“Replacing a worn out suspension on a four-wheel drive vehicle has traditionally been a big, expensive job,” said Lofton. “We were delighted to develop this conversion kit that replaces the original struts at a fraction of the cost without any loss in quality.”

The conversion kits are now ready for wholesale and individual purchase. Repair shops and individual customers can learn more about this new product by visiting Strutmasters.com or by calling one of their Suspension Experts at 866-597-2397.

Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 10pm EST, and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm EST.

Strutmasters now offers conversion kit for Mercedes S500

 

Roxboro, NC – Owners of the Mercedes S500 may have the answer to the car’s well-documented air suspension issues with Strutmasters Inc.’s air suspension conversion kit, produced for model years 2000-2006.
The German luxury sedan has been rife with problems with its air suspension. Strutmasters saw an opportunity to provide a low-cost replacement to help alleviate the suspension problems in an otherwise high-quality, mechanically sound vehicle.

“The S500 conversion kit was a no-brainer for us,” said Strutmasters Vice President Matt Lofton. “It is a wonderful vehicle, one of the best in its class, that unfortunately has some issues with its air suspension.”

The Strutmasters conversion kits are made with an emphasis on high-quality, long-lasting parts and workmanship. Manufactured with genuine Eibach ® coil springs and tuned with the company’s celebrated Glide-Ride ® technology, the conversion kits will be a welcome replacement for the S500’s troubled air suspension system. The kits require no modification to the vehicle to install, making it easy to do at home or quick work for a mechanic. With the addition of Strutmasters’ signature limited lifetime warranty, Mercedes owners can be confident that they can significantly extend the lifetime of their vehicle.2005-mercedes-s-class

“Replacing the original air struts on the S500 would cost about four times what it would with our replacement kit,” said Lofton. “This type of issue is exactly why Strutmasters was born in the first place and we’re happy to be able to help people hold on to these great vehicles. It’s one of the best parts of this business.”

The conversion kits are now ready for wholesale and individual purchase. Repair shops and individual customers can learn more about this new product by visiting Strutmasters.com or by calling one of their Suspension Experts at 866-597-2397.

Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 10pm EST, and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm EST.

Strutmasters Releases Jaguar XJ8 Air Suspension Conversion Kit

Roxboro, NC – Jaguar XJ8 owners now have an affordable solution when replacing their vehicles air suspension thanks to the latest innovation by Strutmasters Inc., a 4-wheel conversion kit built for model years 2004-2010.

 

The Roxboro-based industry leaders in suspension replacement technology added conversion kits for the popular British sports car as it tries to keep up with growing demand for its products.

10549065-jaguar-xj8“More and more car owners are beginning to see the benefits of converting to coil suspension,” said Strutmasters Vice President Matt Lofton. “Even drivers of luxury and high-performance vehicles like the Jaguar XJ8 have started to realize that there are options beyond the original manufacturers expensive parts.”

Strutmasters engineered the kits to be easy to install, requiring no modifications to the vehicle itself. Made with genuine Eibach ® coil springs, the replacement kits integrate seamlessly with Jaguar’s four-wheel independent suspension system. The kit’s shocks are tuned with Strutmasters’ patented Glide-Ride ® technology, ensuring that they are just as smooth and reliable if not more so than the original air suspension. Like all of the company’s conversion kits, the XJ8 conversion features a limited lifetime warranty.

“For the cost of replacing just one air strut, Jaguar owners can now replace all four,” said Lofton. “Many people who have converted to our kits have said they even prefer the ride to the original parts.”

The conversion kits are now ready for wholesale and individual purchase. Repair shops and individual customers can learn more about this new product by visiting Strutmasters.com or by calling one of their Suspension Experts at 866-597-2397.

Business hours are Moday through Friday, 8am to 10pm EST, and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm EST.

Strutmasters Announces Acura MDX Conversion

Roxboro, NC – Owners of the popular Acura MDX are the latest to benefit from Strutmasters Inc.’s expanding inventory. The industry-leading suspension experts have recently added a replacement kit for the popular crossover vehicle (model years 2007-2013), potentially saving owners thousands of dollars.

Strutmasters Vice-President Matt Lofton said that the company developed the new kits in response to a “steady stream of phone calls” from Acura owners and mechanics. 2013-acura-mdx-3.7-technology-package-suv-angular-front-wpcf_300x200

“Like all of these types of electronic suspension systems, the original systems cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace at the dealer,” said Lofton, a former race car driver who tests the company’s products.

The Strutmasters kit, which uses high-quality Eibach ® coil springs and passive struts and shocks tuned with the company’s patented Glide-Ride ® technology, costs a fraction of what the original system costs without sacrificing performance. The replacement system integrates fully with Acura’s ADS system, which uses an onboard computer and sensors to adjust the dampening characteristics of both the front and rear shocks.

“This conversion kit rides great,” said Lofton. “It saves a ton of money and can extend the life of a car considerably.”

The conversion kits are now ready for wholesale and individual purchase. Repair shops and individual customers can learn more about this new product by visiting Strutmasters.com or by calling one of their Suspension Experts at 866-597-2397.

Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 10pm EST, and Saturdays from 8am to 8pm EST.

Common Air Suspension Parts to Improve Truck Ride Quality

brochure-sideThese days, most trucks come standard with all the equipment needed to ensure the best ride quality. However, if you’re driving around in an old truck, you may not get the topnotch performance you want. Fortunately, air suspension parts can fix that.

To boost your vehicle’s performance, here are a few of the most common air suspension parts to improve truck ride quality.

Durable Air Springs

Trucks using a traditional coilover suspension can install durable air springs to improve overall ride quality. Air springs, or airbags, are made of sturdy rubber material that’s specifically designed to support the weight of the truck plus any additional cargo loaded onto the truck. These will keep the truck level, especially when hauling heavy items. They will also help to prevent rear end sagging and bottoming out.

On top of that, air springs can help to absorb energy from bumps and dips on the road to ensure that your truck delivers a smooth performance on any type of terrain.

Onboard Compressor

You may also want to add an onboard air compressor to boost truck performance. With an onboard compressor, you can inflate and deflate the air springs in your truck with the simple touch of a button. So if you’re looking to experience a stiffer ride or need the truck to deliver a smoother performance when hauling heavy cargo, all you have to do is press a button to inflate or deflate that airbags to the appropriate air pressure.

Best of all, some onboard compressor systems can operate automatically. These systems can adjust the pressure of each air spring as needed to cater to your current driving conditions This helps you to experience a smooth ride no matter what type of terrain you’re traveling through.

Air Struts and Shocks

With high-quality air struts and shocks, your truck will drive smoothly for years to come. Air struts and shocks help to keep your truck planted firmly on the road and absorb most of the impact when driving over potholes and bumps. Air struts and shocks will also keep your truck from swaying and leaning when turning.

Most importantly, these air suspension parts can reduce the risk of rollovers and accidents while driving. So they not only improve truck ride quality but also help to ensure your overall safety.

Air Suspension Lift Kits

And if you’re looking to convert your coilovers altogether, consider installing an air suspension lift kit for your truck. An air suspension lift kit includes all the parts needed to lift your truck higher off the ground.

The added height that comes from these lift kits will be able to compensate for any extra weight added to the truck. This helps to keep the truck level when hauling and enhances overall control and handling.

These are just a few common suspension parts that can help improve truck ride quality. For more information about the air suspension parts that can enhance your truck’s performance quality, contact Strutmasters online now.

When to Replace Your Shocks and Struts

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The shocks and struts of your air suspension system are integral parts responsible for keeping your vehicle balanced and connected to the road when driving. Shocks and struts are reliable air suspension parts, but they’ll need to be replaced with time.

Replacing damaged shocks and struts regularly will help your vehicle deliver a dependable performance for years to come. So we’ve provided this helpful guide to help you determine when you need to replace your shocks and struts.

How Often Should You Replace Shocks and Struts?

Like all automotive parts, your vehicle’s shocks and struts follow a specific maintenance schedule. Experts say that shocks and struts should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, that’s just a general recommendation.

The life span of shocks and struts will depend on your driving patterns. If you’re traveling through bumpy streets and adverse road conditions often, then your shocks and struts will need to be replaced more often than those commuting short distances every day.

With that said, it’s important to have these air suspension parts inspected regularly. This will help you get a better understanding of the exact mileage and time your shocks and struts need to be replaced.

Shocks and Struts Warning Signs

Replace your shocks and struts if:

  • You notice poor steering response.
  • Steering performance is stiff.
  • Your car sways or leans when turning and changing lanes.
  • Your vehicle bounces excessively when driving.
  • Braking performance is unstable.

These are all warning signs that your shocks and struts need to be replaced. They can occur at any time, so always be aware of any of the signs above or any other changes in overall performance. And once you notice that there’s something off about your vehicle’s performance, check your shocks and struts and replace them if needed.

Checking Struts and Shocks for Damage

Sometimes, struts and shocks won’t begin to emit the warning signs above until it’s too late. So you also want to perform routine visual inspections to help you understand when you need to replace your struts and shocks.

During these visual inspections, you’ll want to check the struts and shocks for leaks. With time, these air suspension parts will deteriorate, resulting in fluid leaking. Usually, fluid will leak from the top of their bodies.

You also want to look for any corroded, worn, or broken mounts and bushings around the suspension parts. Damaged parts around the shocks and struts could cause severe harm to the suspension system. Replace the mounts and bushings as well as the shocks and struts to prevent performance issues.

Most importantly, check your tires. When your vehicle’s struts or shocks need to be replaced, they can no longer support the vehicle. So the weight of the car bears down on the wheels causing uneven tread wear.

Without shocks and struts, no air suspension system would be able to work properly. So use the guide above to help you understand when you need to replace your shocks and struts to ensure long-lasting suspension performance.

To learn more about your vehicle’s shocks and struts, contact the suspension experts at Strutmasters online now.

Why Air Suspension Kits Fail

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Air suspension kits can enhance your vehicle’s overall ride quality, but when they start to fail, they becoming the biggest reason for decreased performance and sagging. So why do air suspension kits fail?

Damaged Airbags and Air Struts

The airbags and air struts in your air suspension kit are responsible for keeping your rides cushioned and adjusting the ride height. But like all air suspension parts, they break down and deteriorate as they get older, leading to air suspension failure.

Rust can also damage the air struts. Moisture in the air system reacts with the metal of the struts and forms rust and corrosion. This can result in severe suspension problems when left unaddressed.

brochure-sideMalfunctioning Air Compressor

The air compressor in your air suspension kit inflates each airbag to the proper pressure based on your performance preferences. If it starts to malfunction, it no longer can keep the airbags inflated, which causes the car to sag, bottom out, and produce a bumpier ride.

On top of that, an overworked air compressor results in a failing air suspension kit. If the airbags are punctured or damaged, they can’t stay inflated. Because of this, the air compressor continues to pump air into the bags, which can overwork the system and make it fail.

Problems with Air Line Connections

Air lines connect the airbags and air struts to the rest of the system. If they’re not properly connected or if the lines are damaged, air from the compressor can’t fill the airbags.

Generally, problems with air line connections in a suspension system occur when the lines rub against something sharp, like a moving air suspension part. On top of that, improper installation can also lead to air line problems. So make sure that all lines are properly connected when installing your air suspension kit.

Air Dryer Issues

The air dryer controls the amount of moisture in the air that flows through the suspension system. However, if it begins to fail, the excessive moisture will accumulate, forming rust and corrosion on various parts.

Plus, electrical parts in the suspension, like the compressor, are more susceptible to problems when the air dryer fails because excessive moisture can cause these systems to short out.

Air suspension kits can boost a vehicle’s performance, but they will fail over time. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening. Just consult the guide above to find out exactly why your air suspension is failing so you can determine the best way to fix it.

And if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your suspension woes, contact Strutmasters online about getting a dependable air suspension conversion kit for your vehicle.

What to Do When Your Front Struts are Leaking

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Leaking front struts may be one of the most common suspension problems, but they also can be a cause for concern. When your vehicle’s front struts are leaking, it’s a telltale sign of suspension issues. Fortunately, dealing with this situation is fairly simple.

Here’s what you need to do if your front struts are leaking.

Diagnose the Problem

Once you discover that your struts are leaking, you need to diagnose the problem. Leaking front struts are usually caused by old parts. With time, the seals on the struts can become brittle, preventing them from keeping fluid within the system. So inspect the struts for any broken seals or deterioration.

If your struts are new and in good shape, then they may be leaking because of an accident that affected the suspension system and damaged the front struts by bending or denting them.

If you can’t seem to diagnose the issue that’s causing your front struts to leak, contact an automotive professional for help.

Replace Your Front Struts Immediately

After you’ve determined the cause of the leak, have the struts replaced immediately. Driving with worn-out struts will make your ride unstable and much more dangerous.

Worn-out or damaged struts can’t keep the vehicle from bouncing in rough road conditions. On top of that, tires have a harder time maintaining contact with the road when you’re driving with old or damaged front struts, so you’re more likely to skid, roll over, and get into a severe accident.

Most importantly, damaged or old struts will cause your tires to wear out excessively and unevenly. This can result in reduced traction, control, and overall safety, especially in slippery road conditions.

How to Prevent Your Front Struts from Leaking

Leaking front struts can cause severe performance issues, but they’re preventable when you follow the tips below.

Inspect Your Suspension Regularly

Check the condition of your vehicle’s suspension parts regularly. If you spot any issues, regardless of how minor, get your suspension repaired to prevent additional damage.

Replace Your Struts as Needed

The life span of your front struts will depend on your driving patterns. However, it’s recommended that you replace them every 50,000 miles. So stay on top of your mileage and replace them at the appropriate time. This will not only help to prevent your front struts from leaking, but it will also help your vehicle produce a smooth performance for years to come.

Be Aware of Warning Signs

Sometimes, you won’t be able to see your front struts leaking until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the following warning signs to let you know when your front struts are leaking:

  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Increased tire tread wear
  • Front end of the vehicle dips when braking

Once you notice any of these signs, get your front struts checked and repaired or replaced immediately.

For more information, contact Strutmasters online.