Death By Debris - A Highway "Killer" Hiding In Plain Sight

SEMA Booth #37000
Highway Debris; Highest Levels in Years;
25,000 Debris Related Collisions Each Year in North America;
New Concerns and Renewed Awareness of the Problem.
RAINBOW, Calif., October 14, 2014 -- Avoiding "Deadly Garbage" on our highways is becoming a real problem for a larger proportion of Americans. The share of drivers saying they have either "hit a piece of debris, been hit by flying debris or had to swerve to avoid debris," has grown dramatically in recent years. The most recent study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that vehicle-related road debris causes about 25,000 collisions and more than 100 deaths each year in North America. Unsecured or poorly secured items that can become "life threatening" to other unsuspecting motorists include home furnishings, building materials and YES… even our beloved Christmas trees.
Published German Automobile Club crash test calculations state that "objects travelling at 30 mph that come to a sudden stop are as much as 25 times heavier." This means that a 70 lb. piece of furniture falling out of a pickup, for example, would hit its target with the force of an object that weighs around 1,750 lbs. Obviously, a potentially "fatal" accident for anyone suffering a "direct hit" from this deadly "domestic" missile.
A company at the forefront of providing the solution to this issue is "Fasty North America, Inc.," a California based light load cargo strap provider. In a recent discussion with industry insiders, Roberto Frulla, President, stated that "Many homeowners transporting household items or building materials use careless tie down methods or use unsuitable poor quality tie-downs that snap or loosen under pressure. We are constantly looking for ways to keep our customers safer, offering products that are easy to use, and really work. A good example is our 'Fasty Strap™'… it's the easiest, quickest, strongest tie-down in its class. We call Fasty Strap™ … the 'Just in Case Strap' … It's got multiple uses, and should be 'standard' in every home or vehicle in preparation for whatever 'tie down' situation life throws at you."
According to the New York Times, at a cost of $55 Million per year, California highway workers "harvest" an estimated 140,000 cubic yards of road debris, enough to fill 8,750 dump trucks. Brooms, ladders, couches, tool boxes, mattresses, lumber, dry wall and everything else that can become "airborne and fatal" are collected daily, and estimates state that 70% of this debris is "accidental or negligent" … thanks to poorly secured loads.
Lawmakers country wide have ramped up penalties for vehicle operators who operate without properly securing their loads. However, more public awareness programs need to implemented to help eradicate the "casual, do it yourself attitude" of the average vehicle owner. The "many" who think a few pieces of twine is plenty good enough to secure a box spring and mattress to their vehicle's roof or truck bed, and then race down the highway at 75 mph. One thing is for sure; the situation is not improving and makes daily driving increasingly hazardous for the more responsible highway users among us … just one more obstacle to worry about as we "unsuspectingly" traverse our nation's highways.
Come visit us at SEMA booth 37000, Powersports & Utility Section. Check out the amazing NEW "T-3 Tie Down" and the rest of the Fasty Strap products and get a photo opportunity with the beautiful "Miss Fasty" 2015... and friends.
About Fasty North America, Inc.
Fasty North America, Inc., is the exclusive North American Distributor of the amazing Fasty Strap™
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Wilwood Disc Brakes Introduces New Tru-Bar 60 Degree Remote Pedal Master Cylinder Mount

Wilwood’s Tru-Bar 60 Degree Master Cylinder Mount for remote brake pedal applications utilizes a fixed trunnion bearing within the pivot lever and pushrod spherical bearing ends. This provides smooth operation and precise adjustment of the brake bias with zero chance of balance migration, eliminating all side play.
A larger diameter, higher strength 4340 steel 7/16-20 balance bar adds rigidity and increases bias influence. A step-down shoulder on each end allows use of the direct mount adjusting knob or a standard 3/8-24 coupler remote adjuster cable. The new model is interchangeable with the previous slider bearing model, with upgrade kits available for older units. It’s race proven to deliver championship caliber performance in all racing conditions. MSRP starts at $275.30
P/N 340-14380 Tru-Bar 60 Degree Master Cylinder Mount shown here with optional remote feed master cylinders.
About Wilwood Engineering
Founded by Bill Wood in 1977, Wilwood Engineering designs and manufactures high-performance disc brakes and components from their headquarters in Camarillo, California. Engineered and rigorously tested for any application, Wilwood celebrates 40 years of unsurpassed braking quality and performance with sleek, modern designs. From race cars to classic cars, Wilwood has the brakes to stop you. For more information, contact Wilwood Engineering at and visit

New 79-04 Mustang Upper Control Arm Spherical Kit From J&M

It is a common practice in the aftermarket to replace the stock rubber upper control arm bushings with solid or two piece polyurethane bushings to resolve the shortcomings of the compliant factory rubber bushings. Hard polyurethane bushings eliminate wheel hop, reduce axle deflection, and improve rear straight line grip. However, the downside of common aftermarket bushings such as delrin, steel, stiffer rubber, solid or two piece polyurethane bushings is that they prevent the necessary movement of the control arms during body roll, which in turn produces significant binding in the suspension when the vehicle is cornering.
Polyurethane bushings also place unnecessarily high stresses on the upper control arm body mounts, which are the attachment points for the upper control arms to the chassis. Standard aftermarket control arms do not allow for rotation of the control arm during cornering because of the stiffness of the polyurethane bushings. J&M Spherical Bushings eliminate the disadvantages and have significant advantages beyond other available products that do not incorporate all these improved design features.
Features and Benefits:
• Lifetime warranty (to original owner)
• 52100 heat treated steel/hard chrome plated ball
• Bearing race is heat treated 4340 chrome moly steel
• Bearing liner is attached with a thin sintered bronze wire net impregnated with PTFE powder, same as modern ball joints
• Increased traction, reduced axle hop
• Reduces snap oversteer, quicker vehicle reaction times
• Creates more predictable straight line handling and when cornering
• New 10.9 hardware included
• Fits 1979-2004 GT, Mach 1, Bullitt, Cobra V8, with 8.8 and 7.5 rear ends. Does not work with IRS
J&M Products, 275 Tank Farm Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

New Wilwood Rear Parking Brake Kit For Chevy 12-Bolt C-Clip Eliminator

Camarillo, CA - Wilwood has announced their new rear Forged Dynalite/MC4 parking brake kit with 12.19” rotors for the Chevrolet 12-bolt C-Clip Eliminator rear end. Calipers are available standard with gloss black or red powder coat finishes, with 22 additional color options available. ULHP plain face or SRP drilled and slotted vented iron rotors are both available to suit your driving and styling tastes. Supplied with BP-10 composite-metallic SmartPads, all necessary hardware and a detailed installation guide, giving you a setup that delivers high-torque stopping power, optimized cooling and superior styling for the street or track. MSRP starts at $937.94.
About Wilwood Engineering
Founded by Bill Wood in 1977, Wilwood Engineering designs and manufactures high-performance disc brakes and components from their headquarters in Camarillo, California. Engineered and rigorously tested for any application, Wilwood celebrates 40 years of unsurpassed braking quality and performance with sleek, modern designs. From race cars to classic cars, Wilwood has the brakes to stop you. For more information, contact Wilwood Engineering at and visit

Redesigned Mustang K-Members From QA1

New Mustang K-Members: Less Weight, More Versatility
Get significant weight savings for 1979-2004 Mustangs with QA1’s newly redesigned bolt-on K-members for both street performance and racing. Made in the USA, these Mustang K-members are fabricated from high-quality American-made HSLA steel and offer a significant 50% weight reduction over stock. While a factory K-member weighs anywhere from 50 to 55 lbs, the entire QA1 K-member weighs 25 lbs., making it one of the lightest on the market.
Ideal for street performance, autocrossing, pro touring or drag racing, the K-members maintain optimum anti-dive geometry and minimize bump steer issues on Mustangs with a lowered stance, but can also provide stability on Mustangs that still want to maintain a factory ride height. Stainless steel rack relocation inserts also allow you to select your rack height, giving you 1” of adjustment to customize steering geometry and tune bump steer characteristics. And because they retain the factory wheel base, these K-members easily bolt on to factory components without any wheel or tire fitment changes. They also provide increased header clearance to allow for changes in exhaust and require the use of coil-over kits.
Another beneficial feature of the Mustang K-members is the bolt-on engine mounts that can be easily swapped out for future engine changes. Now an engine swap just requires a potential new purchase of an engine mount instead of an entirely new K-member. “Times have changed, and people are making more modifications than ever before on their Fox body and SN95 Mustangs,” says Dave Goldie, QA1 Street Performance and Racing Product Manager. “The header clearance and bolt-on engine mounts will accommodate almost any engine and transmission configuration while still providing increased performance.”
QA1’s full-vehicle handling and drag racing suspension kits for Mustangs have also been updated to include these new K-members, where applicable. All QA1 K-members, tubular suspension components, aluminum shocks and steel struts are made in our Lakeville, Minnesota facility. For additional information or to request a free catalog, call 800.721.7761 or visit our catalog request page.
Watch the video below to learn all about our redesigned K-members for 1979-2004 Ford Mustangs. For more technical and product videos, visit:
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