Under the Hood with P&E

By John M. Arnaud

Parts Pro regularly hosts marketing strategy meetings for manufacturers and distributors from throughout the country, but this week we welcomed three special visitors from just outside our own backyard: P&E Distributors.

P&E, which stands for performance and electronics (fun fact), operates out of Goodlettsville, TN, which is just northeast of Nashville. In the aftermarket business since the early 1960s, P&E remains a family-run organization committed to the growth and success of its jobbers. The two-time SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year maintains an extensive selection of both truck and performance accessories to fulfill needs for a diverse customer base.

The P&E contingent included Purchasing Manager Chris Eatherly, Warehouse Manager Josh Eatherly, and Marketing Director Scott Dobler. They made the 4.5-hour drive east out to see us for a two-day marketing intensive, which included business analyses, customer-focused discussions, and goal building.

P&E Distributors Visits Parts Pro
P&E Distributors Visits Parts Pro

The entire Parts Pro crew thanks P&E for making the trip out to see us—here’s to another great year, neighbor!

If you are a performance aftermarket jobber or retailer who would like to set up an account with P&E, visit their website to get started or call (800) 251-2034.

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Painless Performance (10102): 21-Circuit Classic Customizable Chassis Harness – Non-GM-Keyed Column

This 21-circuit kit is Painless Performance’s most popular customizable chassis harness. You’ll find that it’s easily adaptable to almost any vehicle.

Included with this harness are a GM-engineered fuse block, Painless mounting bracket, GM turn signal connectors, and prewired headlight plugs and dimmer switch. Each wire is printed with circuit identification and uses GM color codes for easy installation.

Painless 10102
Painless 10102

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ACCEL (140032): SuperCoil for Ford 2 Valve 4.6/5.4/6.8L

ACCEL SuperCoils feature advanced bobbin technology; highly specialized silicone magnetic steel cores; and optimized winding, resistance, and turns ratios to deliver up to 15% more energy than OEM coils. Specialized high-temperature epoxy resists shock and vibration while increasing thermal conductivity. These are direct high-performance replacements for OEM coils.

Accel 140032
Accel 140032

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CTEK (56-959): MUS 4.3 TEST & CHARGE

The MUS 4.3 TEST & CHARGE (56-959) combines an advanced microprocessor-controlled battery charger with a battery/alternator test function to provide the ultimate in battery testing, charging, and maintenance.

This product provides excellent performance on batteries from 1.2 Ah up to 110 Ah. The charger solves a broad range of battery problems with features including a patented automatic desulphation program and special reconditioning function that will revive and restore deeply discharged and stratified batteries. Patented Float/Pulse maintenance makes the charger ideal for long-term maintenance. Recond and Snowflake modes operate individually or together in both 0.8A and 4.3A programs to provide great flexibility for the user.

Users will also enjoy three easy-to-use programs to test battery voltage, start power, and alternator performance. Taken together, these diagnostics provide a complete picture of battery and vehicle charging system health.

The MUS 4.3 TEST  & CHARGE is easy and safe to use, protects vehicle electronics, is spark- and short-circuit-free, and is reverse polarity protected. It is backed by a 5-year warranty.

CTEK 56-959
CTEK 56-959

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Demon Fuel Systems (1900): 625 CFM Street Demon® – Ball Burnished Aluminum

WICKED POWER! The 625 cfm Street Demon® redefines the street carburetor with clean looks and ease of use! The Street Demon offers enthusiasts a straightforward carburetor designed to deliver a stable idle, amazingly crisp throttle response, and smooth performance. Its optimized calibration and dual mounting pattern make it Run-Ready™ for a large variety of engines and vehicles.

  • 625 cfm air flow is ideal for use on most stock to mildly modified V8s
  • Dual mounting bolt pattern fits most aftermarket spread/square bore intake manifolds without an adapter
  • Electric Choke Management means easy cold starts
  • Single fuel inlet for simple installation
  • One-piece air horn assembly

    Demon 1900
    Street Demon 1900

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Starring This Week: Motive Gear

By John M. Arnaud

This week Parts Pro had the pleasure of hosting Motive Gear (and Richmond Performance Products—they’re both under the Midwest Truck and Auto Parts umbrella) for an all-day brainstorming session. Motive and Richmond offer premium drivetrain components, including ring and pinion gears, differentials, performance transmissions, transfer case parts, and replacement axle shafts.

Our guests were Bob Linville, Motive’s vice president of sales, and Steve Filipiak, the company’s director of marketing. They came down from the Windy City to share their plans for the coming year and to get more involved with the program tools we’ve built to help our retailers and jobbers succeed at the local level.

Many thanks to Motive Gear for investing in our time together. Here’s to ending 2015 with a flourish!

Motive Gear Visits Parts Pro
Motive Gear Visits Parts Pro

To get your ride up to speed with enhancements from Motive Gear or Richmond Performance Products, visit your local Parts Pro retailer, or find an affiliated store using our dealer locator.

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Flex-a-lite (640): Mojave Heater

The Mojave heater from Flex-a-lite® simplifies the task of providing up to 12,000 Btu of heat in your hot rod, off-road vehicle, or utility vehicle. Its compact size, ease of installation, and simple operation make it the ideal replacement unit. The design offers several mounting options and an optional plenum with adjustable louvers and a flange for defroster ducting. The Mojave gets it heat from the hot water in your vehicle’s cooling system (just like an OE heater), but has the advantage of fitting into a wide variety of tight spaces. The Mojave from Flex-a-lite is a compact and powerful heater that makes the job of adding or replacing a heater easy and affordable!

  • Small enough to mount under dash or seat
  • No need to locate hard-to-find OE heater parts
  • Unit measures only 10-1/8″ x 9″ x 5″
  • Moves 140 cfm
  • 12,000 Btu output

    Flex-a-Lite 640
    Flex-a-lite 640

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DEI (010496): ONYX Flexible Pipe Shield

DEI has launched the next generation of heat-protection performance using a combination of advanced textiles and a reliable standoff bracket design. The new ONYX Series™ Flexible Heat Shield comes in a good-looking black finish and outperforms other conventional heat shields currently on the market. For improved heat-blocking performance, DEI joined two durable materials together: an outer layer made from heat-treated glass fiber impregnated with molten aluminum and tightly woven for added durability and strength, and an inner layer made from temperature-resistant fabric (89% silica) able to withstand exhaust heat up to 1,350° F.

All hardware is stainless steel, and the outer edge is surge stitched for extra durability. This proprietary textile technology provides maximum cooling and heat dissipation. In addition to conventional applications to protect legs and boots, DEI’s flexible heat shield can be used as a barrier between transmissions, brake lines, hoses, electrical wiring, gas tanks, body panels, and bumpers of various sizes.

DEI 010496
DEI 010496

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Quick Fuel (QFI-500BDM): QFi Master Kit with Black Diamond Finish

This patent-pending master kit from Quick Fuel Technology combines the superior fuel atomization of a carburetor with the precise fuel control of EFI, boasting an 8-hole venturi sleeve with annular discharge booster to provide superior fuel atomization where air speed is highest and pressure is lowest. The result?  A faster and more efficient burn, more power, and better response. Fuel is also supplied below the throttle plates for increased stability and idle control.

The QFI-500BDM Master Kit includes TBI assembly, handheld controller, ECU, main wiring harness, fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel line, laptop cable, sensors, and hardware.

  • Designed for street and off-road vehicles, trucks, RVs, muscle cars, and more
  • Accommodates engines up to 525 hp
  • Dedicated idle circuit supplies fuel below the throttle plates for instant startups and increased throttle response
  • Adaptive ECU models volumetric efficiency of engine to calculate fuel requirements
  • Two programming options: handheld controller or laptop for increased tunability
  • Fuel delivery provided by four 66 lb./hr. injectors
  • On-board ignition driver eliminates need for aftermarket spark box
  • Timing control provided by ECU
  • Compatible with power adder technologies: wet flow NOx, superchargers, and turbochargers
  • Designed for 4150- and 4500-style flanges (P/N 300-4145-1AL adapter is required for 4500 flange)
  • Retains OEM sensors
  • Compatible with E85 fuel (up to 370 hp)
  • Ford kickdown lever kit available (P/N 50-5013)

    QFI-500BDM
    QFI-500BDM

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Hurst (6130012): High-Performance Spring Kit for 2011-2015 Charger R/T

This Hurst High-Performance Spring Kit is an excellent choice for firming up the handling of your 11-15 Charger R/T and giving it that just-right stance. These springs will lower your vehicle approximately 1.25″–closing up that fender gap, lowering your center of gravity for improved handling and braking, and improving the overall driving feel. Plus, your ride will remain street friendly!

  • Improves handling performance
  • Perfect muscle car stance
  • Daily driver / street friendly
  • Improves aerodynamic efficiency

    Hurst High-Performance Spring Kit
    Hurst High-Performance Spring Kit

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