16-Volt Guide: 6 Things You Should Know About 16-Volt Batteries

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For some racers, 12 volts just aren’t enough.

Many drag racers and circle track racers have opted to run 16-volt batteries to give their ignition system and other components a boost. The extra voltage from these batteries creates a hotter spark, allowing you to run a larger spark plug gap and even jet up your carburetor. Combine that longer, hotter spark with increased fuel and you get improved performance.

And that’s not all.

16-volt batteries can enhance the operation of other critical race components including water pumps, fuel pumps, and trans-brakes. “Using a 16-volt battery and charging system is like adding a supercharger to an MSD box, nitrous solenoids, and trans-brake solenoids,” said Carl Pritts, an advisor in the Summit Racing technical department. “It makes them bigger, stronger, and faster.”

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Lithium High Performance replacement Batteries

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If your reading this; you already know that the primitive lead acid battery is going the way of the horse and buggy. Energy storage  in a lithium battery has advanced to the point of being very safe; (safer than carrying around flammable gasoline !) very lightweight ; 1/3rd the weight of a lead battery, longer life span, higher resting voltage, higher cranking voltage / amps; cleaner, no gassing, and  environmentally much greener than lead acid.

 

How to Diagnose Electrical Ground Issues

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Chasing down electrical gremlins in a motor vehicle can be an exercise in frustration—the kind of frustration that makes young men old and old men talk to themselves.

But many times, an electrical problem can be traced to a single source: a bad ground connection. A bad ground can cause noise in an audio system, make electric fuel pumps run hot or produce low pressure, and make electronic engine controls do weird things.

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