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SpeedFactory Racing Honda/Acura B-Series Cooling System Fill Pot

Whether you have a custom radiator or a SpeedFactory Race/Tucked radiator for your racing application, you need a proper way to fill and bleed air from your B-Series engine’s cooling system from the highest point- and Speedfactory have the solution. SpeedFactory Racing Honda/Acura B-Series Cooling System Fill Pots are compatible with most aftermarket radiator setups, and change the high point of your cooling system for easy filling and system air bleeding. Your cooling system’s capacity will also be increased by roughly 1 quart (1.13 litres). Each SpeedFactory Cooling System Fill Pot includes a Moroso 31-33LB radiator cap; which will add a significant amount of cooling efficiency to your car – especially for hot Summer track days. The increased coolant pressure via the Moroso cap raises the boiling point of your cooling system, which can give you some extra insurance against engine failure or detonation in extreme conditions. Speedfactory Fill pots are manufactured in-house using high quality aluminum materials and feature laser-cut components and head flanges to ensure a perfect fit every time. SpeedFactory Racing B-Series Cooling System Fill Pots are available for B16/ Integra Type R/ GS-R cylinder heads in -16AN or 32mm (standard hose end) configurations. Important! SpeedFactory Racing...View more

$263.29

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SpeedFactory Honda B-Series Tucked Radiator Complete Kit

SpeedFactory B-Series Tucked Radiator Complete Kit -16an Hose, Fittings, Fill Neck and Thermostat Housing This is a combo package that includes the following components: SpeedFactory B-Series Tucked Radiator with -16an inlet/outlet SpeedFactory Tucked Radiator Shroud and twin SPAL 7.5″ High Performance Cooling Fans SpeedFactory -16an Fill Neck for GSR or B16/ITR SpeedFactory -16an Thermostat Housing SpeedFactory -16an Hose End Fittings: 45 Degree (X4) SpeedFactory -16an Black Braided Radiator Hose: 5 Ft. Complete your cooling system plumbing confidently with Speedfactory’s high-quality radiator hose and fitting kits that offer trouble-free installation and the performance you expect from SpeedFactory Racing. This is a complete kit that will come with all the parts needed to assemble your complete cooling system. All fittings and hoses will need to be assembled before installation. When ordering through Speedfactory, you will need to specify which cylinder head you are using as this kit is only for the B16/ITR head or GSR clyinder head. Speedfactory also offer this combination for Honda D-Series, H-Series and K-Series engines. D & H-Series engine applications require a SpeedFactory Racing Custom filler neck and thermostat housing. Honda K-Series applications require the use of K-Tuned filler neck and thermostat housing adapters, which are also available...View more

$1210.40

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Wolverine Heaters Engine Oil Pre Heater – 5 x 7 Inch

Wolverine Heaters Engine Oil Pre Heater – 5 x 7 Inch

Wolverine oil pre heaters offer a simple to fit yet highly effective solution to preheating the oil in your engine prior to initial start up. The low profile heater pads are designed using aerospace technology and attach to the sump pan or dry sump pan via the 'peel and stick' highly adhesive backing. Heat up time is 45-90 minutes depending on ambient temperature and the wolverine pads are capable of raising the oil to near full operating temperature. The benefits of this are -Improved cold starting (less strain on starter motor and battery)Reduces cold start wearProvides immediate lubricationReduces emulsification in the oilFull operating temperature is reached far quickerImproves Engine component lifeTwo sizes of Wolverine engine oil heater pads are available:3.5″ x 4.5″ – recommended for oil capacities 4.5-12 litres (250w)5″ x 7″ – recommended for oil capacities 12-25 litres (500w)Both sizes have a 6ft long cable.*The Wolverine heaters are designed for 240v use and a 13amp plug is required (not included). For wiring purposes the centre wire (green / yellow) is wired to earth pin and the other two wires are to live and neutral (it doesn't matter which way round they are wired). If you are unsure of how...View more

$114.48

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Wolverine Heaters Engine Oil Pre Heater – 3.5 x 4.5 Inch

Wolverine Heaters Engine Oil Pre Heater – 3.5 x 4.5 Inch

Wolverine oil pre heaters offer a simple to fit yet highly effective solution to preheating the oil in your engine prior to initial start up. The low profile heater pads are designed using aerospace technology and attach to the sump pan or dry sump pan via the 'peel and stick' highly adhesive backing. Heat up time is 45-90 minutes depending on ambient temperature and the wolverine pads are capable of raising the oil to near full operating temperature. The benefits of this are -Improved cold starting (less strain on starter motor and battery)Reduces cold start wearProvides immediate lubricationReduces emulsification in the oilFull operating temperature is reached far quickerImproves Engine component lifeTwo sizes of Wolverine engine oil heater pads are available:3.5″ x 4.5″ – recommended for oil capacities 4.5-12 litres (250w)5″ x 7″ – recommended for oil capacities 12-25 litres (500w)Both sizes have a 6ft long cable.*The Wolverine heaters are designed for 240v use and a 13amp plug is required (not included). For wiring purposes the centre wire (green / yellow) is wired to earth pin and the other two wires are to live and neutral (it doesn't matter which way round they are wired). If you are unsure of how...View more

$90.25

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Stant Small Racing Radiator Cap – 22-24 PSI

Stant Small Racing Radiator Cap – 22-24 PSI

The Stant Racing Radiator Cap is a high pressure radiator cap designed to withstand higher coolant temperature, therefore helping to insure against overheating.This type of product is ideal for use when your vehicles coolant system and temperature is put under higher stress and strains of a competition or high performance environment. With a specified PSI tolerance built into the cap itself, you can pick and choose the correct cap for your system.Designed in a 'Lemon' shape this enables the cap to be compact over the radiator neck, yet ensures the user has the facility to grip when removing.Pressure Rating – 22-24 PsiSmall size cap usually used on motorcycles and Japanese cars. View more

$31.75

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Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 28-32 Psi

Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 28-32 Psi

The Stant Racing Radiator Cap is a high pressure radiator cap designed to withstand higher coolant temperature, therefore helping to insure against overheating.This type of product is ideal for use when your vehicles coolant system and temperature is put under higher stress and strains of a competition or high performance environment. With a specified PSI tolerance built into the cap itself, you can pick and choose the correct cap for your system.Designed in a 'Lemon' shape this enables the cap to be compact over the radiator neck, yet ensures the user has the facility to grip when removing.Available in various specifications: 18-22PSI, 21-25PSI28-32PSIView more

$29.13

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Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 21-25 Psi

Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 21-25 Psi

The Stant Racing Radiator Cap is a high pressure radiator cap designed to withstand higher coolant temperature, therefore helping to insure against overheating.This type of product is ideal for use when your vehicles coolant system and temperature is put under higher stress and strains of a competition or high performance environment. With a specified PSI tolerance built into the cap itself, you can pick and choose the correct cap for your system.Designed in a 'Lemon' shape this enables the cap to be compact over the radiator neck, yet ensures the user has the facility to grip when removing.Available in various specifications: 18-22PSI, 21-25PSI28-32PSIView more

$29.13

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Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 18-22 Psi

Stant Racing Radiator Cap – 18-22 Psi

The Stant Racing Radiator Cap is a high pressure radiator cap designed to withstand higher coolant temperature, therefore helping to insure against overheating.This type of product is ideal for use when your vehicles coolant system and temperature is put under higher stress and strains of a competition or high performance environment. With a specified PSI tolerance built into the cap itself, you can pick and choose the correct cap for your system.Designed in a 'Lemon' shape this enables the cap to be compact over the radiator neck, yet ensures the user has the facility to grip when removing.Available in various specifications: 18-22PSI, 21-25PSI28-32PSIView more

$29.04

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SPEC-R Alloy Header Tank With Sight Glass Without Swirl Pot Outlet – Suit Cosworth 4WD

SPEC-R Alloy Header Tank With Sight Glass Without Swirl Pot Outlet – Suit Cosworth 4WD

A header tank allows water to expand within reservoir and excess pressure to be vented via the cap.This is a high quality example made by specialist manufacturer Spec-R has sight glasses in the side and a Spec-R logo embossed. Swirl Potlet not included.Suitable for Cosworth 4WD.View more

$379.61

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Spal High Performance Electric Fans – Blow Fan

Spal High Performance Electric Fans – Blow Fan

Spal high performance fans are suitable for use in motorsport applications as well as high performance replacement units for road and kit cars.Spal fans are fitted as original equipment to Caterham and Morgan cars and are also used by the M-Sport WRC team and Prodrive.The motors used on all Spal fans listed are waterproof to IP68 and are designed for long life (up to 20,000 hours)Spal cooling fans are directional and are available to either pull air (mounts on the engine side of the radiator) or blow air (mounts on the grill side of the radiator).Supplied as a fan only. Mounts and thermostat controls are available separately.*All listed fans are for 12v operation. 24v versions are available please call or email for details*To find the correct Spal fan for your application see the chart below and choose the corresponding option from the dropdown menu.fileservermerchandisingDTproduct-imagessize-guidemotorsportcoolingspalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://merchandising.demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg Size Chart:View more

$118.66

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Spal High Performance Electric Fans – 7.5" (190mm) 10 Blade – Blows Air

Spal High Performance Electric Fans – 7.5" (190mm) 10 Blade – Blows Air

Spal high performance fans are suitable for use in motorsport applications as well as high performance replacement units for road and kit cars.Spal fans are fitted as original equipment to Caterham and Morgan cars and are also used by the M-Sport WRC team and Prodrive.The motors used on all Spal fans listed are waterproof to IP68 and are designed for long life (up to 20,000 hours)Spal cooling fans are directional and are available to either pull air (mounts on the engine side of the radiator) or blow air (mounts on the grill side of the radiator).Supplied as a fan only. Mounts and thermostat controls are available separately.*All listed fans are for 12v operation. 24v versions are available please call or email for details*To find the correct Spal fan for your application see the chart below and choose the corresponding option from the dropdown menu.fileservermerchandisingDTproduct-imagessize-guidemotorsportcoolingspalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://merchandising.demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg Size Chart:View more

$141.54

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Spal High Performance Electric Fans – 13" (330mm) 10 Blade – Pulls Air

Spal High Performance Electric Fans – 13" (330mm) 10 Blade – Pulls Air

Spal high performance fans are suitable for use in motorsport applications as well as high performance replacement units for road and kit cars.Spal fans are fitted as original equipment to Caterham and Morgan cars and are also used by the M-Sport WRC team and Prodrive.The motors used on all Spal fans listed are waterproof to IP68 and are designed for long life (up to 20,000 hours)Spal cooling fans are directional and are available to either pull air (mounts on the engine side of the radiator) or blow air (mounts on the grill side of the radiator).Supplied as a fan only. Mounts and thermostat controls are available separately.*All listed fans are for 12v operation. 24v versions are available please call or email for details*To find the correct Spal fan for your application see the chart below and choose the corresponding option from the dropdown menu.fileservermerchandisingDTproduct-imagessize-guidemotorsportcoolingspalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg https://merchandising.demon-tweeks.com/DT/product-images/size-guide/motorsport/cooling/spalfan-sizeguide.jpg Size Chart:View more

$131.66

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Cooling System

The main purpose of the vehicle engine is to convert chemical energy (from the fuel) into mechanical energy that will propel the vehicle. The main energy conversion occurs in the engine block, and particularly, within the engine cylinders where spark plugs ignite the fuel which pushes the piston and provides mechanical energy.

Basically, a series of explosions have to occur within the engine for mechanical energy to be produced. The result of these explosions is that the engine tends to heat up very quickly. Since overheating will limit the efficiency of any engine, a vehicle needs a cooling system in place to regulate its temperature.

What is the Cooling System?

When it comes to engines, there are two types of cooling systems: air-based and water-based variations. Air-based cooling systems rely on a fan to cool the components within the engine. This only works for smaller engine systems.

Larger and more complicated systems, such as a car engine, require water-based cooling systems. Water is an excellent, and affordable, conductor of heat. The car engine cooling system works by passing cold water through the engine components which ‘absorbs’ their excess heat. The hot water is then cooled and returned back to the engine to further cool it. This ensures that the vehicle engine is kept at a constant temperature that is optimum to its performance.

Obviously, this is a much simplified explanation of the vehicle cooling system. A more in-depth analysis that covers the different components of the cooling system will be provided further below in this guide.
Importance of a cooling system

Before we get into the different components of the car engine cooling system, we need to understand why it is so important to regulate the temperatures in a vehicle’s engine.

A vehicle’s engine works best at hot temperatures. This is why car owners are advised to let their engine run for a bit when you start your vehicle in the morning. But when your engine overheats, it starts developing long-term damage.

The purpose of the cooling system is to ensure that your vehicle engine temperature remains within the small window where it can achieve peak performance.

Some of the damage that your engine can develop due to overheating include:

Warped Piston Heads

The piston head is meant to fit snugly into the cylinder to ensure that there is no leakage in the fuel chamber and the chamber that holds engine oil. When overheated, the piston head gets warped and allows oil to seep into the combustion (fuel) chamber. This not only reduces the power output developed by the fuel combustion, but it also adds to the pollution created by the ensuing exhaust fumes.

Damaged Piping

The vehicle engine has numerous pipes to allow the flow of engine oil, fuel as well as the water coolant. Most of these pipes are made from rubber, which is prone to damage when exposed to excessive heat. When your engine overheats, these pipes are damaged which result in reduced vehicle performance or total engine failure if not addressed in time.

Parts of a Cooling System

While no two cooling systems are perfectly identical, they all share similar components. The main components in a car engine cooling system are:

The Coolant

This is the fluid that dissipates the heat from the heated engine components. Usually, this is just made up of water. However, in colder climates, anti-freeze is added to the water to ensure that the water does not freeze during particularly cold winter months. The recommended ratio between water and anti-freeze is 50:50. For colder climates, more antifreeze can be added.

Intercooler or Charge Cooler

Most high-performance engine upgrades will include a turbocharger or supercharger. Both systems compress the air that is delivered to the combustion chambers increasing the energy output of the fuel burnt. The compression process generates heat, which when excessive, can actually reduce the engine performance. This heat is regulated by an intercooler or a charge cooler. The main difference between the two cooling systems is that intercoolers use cold air while charge coolers are water based cooling systems.

The Radiator

The radiator is the main reservoir that holds the water coolant. It is placed at the front of the engine where it is exposed to the external airflow that will cool the heated water before it is piped back into the engine. A fan is usually placed behind the radiator to further cool the water if the natural airflow is not adequately cooling the liquid. Depending on your vehicle, there are many different types of radiators available such as performance radiators and aluminium radiators.

The Thermostat

Since every engine has its own ideal working temperature, a thermostat is required to keep track of the engine temperature. As the engine temperature increases, the thermostat allows the radiator water to get into the engine and cool it.

Water Pump

This is the mechanism that ensures that the coolant is pumped through the engine. Gravity is not sufficient to provide the required energy to pipe the coolant throughout the engine. Heavy duty and high performance cars which use high performance radiators or aluminium radiators tend to have more powerful water pumps.

Piping

There is a complex set of pipes that connect the radiator to the parts of the engine that need to be cooled on a regular basis. Different types of piping are used, based on the engine. Just like a cooling system can use standard radiators or alloy rads, piping can either be rubber or metal-based.

Maintaining your Cooling System

Each of the above-mentioned components needs to be regularly checked to ensure that your cooling system is performing optimally. This should be a priority when your vehicle undergoes its regular checkup routine. A small leakage in the piping could end up causing total engine failure.