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Re: Performance Trends Newsletter (updates)

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Subject: Product News/Updates, April 2012

  1. Shock Dyno Kit Updates
  2. Prototype Dyno Controller
  3. Fuel Economy Calculator for $4/gallon Gas
  4. Performance Trends' User Community
  5. We're on Facebook
  6. Last March's Newsletter


1)  Shock Dyno Kit Updates  We still have not released our complete Shock Dyno.  However, we have sold several Shock Dyno Retro-Fit Kits.  These let you update your existing shock dyno with updated sensors, electronics and software.

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The $1499 kit consists of:

Shock Dyno v1.1 Software
Quick start documentation.
DataMite Mini USB data logger/electronic recorder.
1000 lb "S" beam load cell, with optional ranges from 100 to 5000 lbs for nominal charge.
3" length/position sensor, with other styles, sizes and lengths available for nominal charge.
USB Cable (which also powers system, no power supply needed).
Temp Sensor Optional
Shut Down Relay and Cabling Optional

for more details on our Shock Dyno Retro-Fit Kit software and hardware.


2)  We just shipped our first PROTOTYPE dyno controller for a water brake dyno.  We're walking before running here, where this first controller will just let you control the dyno load via an electronic control valve, and then when you press F1 (or the hand held Start button), the control will close (or open) the water valve at a controlled rate.  When the preset Max RPM is encountered, the water valve is opened fully to apply full load to bring down the engine.

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If you've got a water brake and you want to volunteer to help us develop this system, email us at:  tech@performancetrends.com


3)  Fuel Economy Calculator for $4/gallon Gas  With gas close to $4.00 per gallon, you want to get every Mile out of each Gallon.  You may want to check out our Fuel Economy Calculator.  It is the only program we know of which lets you try vehicle, driving, and some engine mods to get the best cruising fuel economy.  For example, it can answer the following types of questions:

  1. How much will my MPG improve if I install a .70 ratio overdrive on my 68 Camaro with 4.11 gears?
  2. How much fuel economy will I likely loose if I go from a stock converter to a 4000 RPM stall converter on my 1988 Mustang 5.0L?
  3. How much will my MPG drop if I have to drive 70 MPH into a 20 MPH headwind?  How about if I drop down to 60 MPH?
  4. On a 100 mile trip which starts at 700 ft elevation and ends up at 1700 ft elevation, how much does just the 1000 ft elevation change reduce my MPG?

If you have one of our Engine Analyzer v3.4 programs (std or Plus) or Engine Analyzer Pro v3.9, it will link up with them so you can see how more detailed engine mods will affect your MPG.  

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for more details on our Fuel Economy Calculator.


4)  Performance Trends' User Community  Our User Community "bulletin board" lets you post your name and email address as contact should people have questions about Performance Trends' products.  This can be good exposure for you and your business.  It can also help you make contacts with people who can share their experience with getting the most out of our products. 

If you want to share your name, phone number, and/or email address, and what product you have experience with, please email us at: tech@performancetrends.com .  Or you can just visit the User Community page at the link below and email your info from there. 

to visit our User Community page.


5)  We're on Facebook  You can now follow us on Facebook and share us with your friends.

to visit our main page and click on the Facebook buttons under the Google search feature.


6) Last March's Newsletter Here are the topics covered in our previous newsletter.  If you would like another copy of March 2012's newsletter for detail on these topics, visit our website at: Performance Trends Newsletters 

  1. Sportsman Plus DataMite 4 Drag Race Package
  2. Spring Wiz Enhancements
  3. Blowby Recorder Enhancements
  4. Last January's Newsletter