Performance Trends, Inc.

Producing Quality Computer Tools for Racers and Engine Builders since 1986

Re: Performance Trends Newsletter (updates)

To: Visitors to Performance Trends Website

Subject: Product News/Updates, June 2016  

  1. New Drag Race 4 Link Plus Feature
  2. New Movie Showing Setting DataMite 4 Digital Outputs
  3. New Frequently Asked Questions Answered (FAQs)
  4. Ron Sutton's Suspension Tuning Workshops
  5. Ford Wins LeMans!
  6. Last May's Newsletter

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1)  New Drag Race 4 Link Calculator Plus Feature We've added a powerful new feature to the Plus version of our popular 4 Link Calculator.  Now the "Adjust Bars" option lets you adjust the length of the bars and watch what happens to anti-squat, instant center location, pinion angle change, and much more.  If you like the new setting, you can keep it and all the hole locations on the axle brackets are now adjusted (and wheelbase changed) to fit the new bar lengths.


If you already own the Plus version, this is a free update.  If you own the standard 4 Link Calculator, it is a $90 upgrade cost, but you get all the other Plus Version features, including

If you do not own a 4 Link Calculator program, the Plus version is $149.95 and can be purchased at the link below:

for our 4 Link Calculator page

to send us an email about upgrading your standard version to the Plus version


2)  New Movie Showing Setting DataMite 4 Digital Outputs  One of the DataMite 4's additional features is its ability to turn On or Off lights or relays when certain sensors's readings go above or below certain settings for a certain amount of time.  These can be set up to act like:

We've now made a movie showing how to set up the DataMite 4's two Digital Output channels.  

for more info on our Dyno DataMite Analyzer software and hardware

for our Setting Digital Outputs movie


3)  New Frequently Asked Questions Answered (FAQs)  Every week we get questions from users about our products, explaining features, tips on understanding the outputs, etc.  For answers to questions which are asked frequently, we have our Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ page.  Recently we had the question:   "I'm a cam grinder, and I want to see all lobes spread out like when viewed from the end of the cam. Is that possible?"

The answer goes into quite a bit of detail, including measuring the dowel pin location to index the rotary encoder to obtain the cam timing as shown below.

for the answer to this particular question

for our FAQ page for answers to questions on most all products.  Even if you don't think you have a particular question, seeing answers may show you features in your software you did not know were there.


4)  Ron Sutton's Suspension Tuning Workshops One of Performance Trend's customers, Ron Sutton, is putting on 4 workshops on Suspension Tuning.  He also did this last year, with very good attendance and great reviews.  This year's topics will be different, so if you attended last year, there will be lots of new information.  Topics for 2016 will include Measuring out your Car, How to Optimize your Suspension Settings, Race Winning Shock and Sway Bar Combos, and much more.  Ron will have a Chevelle chassis at the workshop for demonstrations.

A huge advantage for Performance Trends' customers is Ron will be using our Suspension Analyzer software for some demonstrations.  If you own Suspension Analyzer, you will gets lots of tips on using your software.

  for the full brochure PDF

Performance Trends has purchases 16 tickets for our guests to attend one of Ron's 4 workshops at 4 different locations (4 tickets for each location), a $399 value.  Tickets will be awarded at no charge to people who have "liked us" on facebook and own most any Performance Trends product.  To enter this drawing, send us a facebook message saying "I want to be in the Ron Sutton drawing and I own xxx Performance Trends product" from our facebook page at the link below:

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On June 17 we had our first drawing, and awarded 4 tickets to Ron's workshops.  They were  Brian Throckmorton, Robert Tarrien, James Rice, and Matt Leicester.  There will be another drawing for tickets before the upcoming Charlotte workshop on July 14, so like us on facebook and message us right away if you want to attend Charlotte.  If you are interested in a later workshop, you can send us a facebook message at a now or at a later date.  The drawing for the remaining 2 workshops will be in mid August.

As the tickets are awarded, the first people will have a choice of which workshop to attend.  The first 4 ticket recipients will have a choice of any workshop, and there will likely be no choice for the last tickets awarded.  

Ron Sutton's Workshop Schedule:

Note:  Performance Trends is not responsible for changes to Ron's schedule or workshops.  You must arrange your own transportation and lodging.  Also, in accepting a ticket, you are allowing Performance Trends to use your name on our website and/or newsletter as someone who has won one a ticket to the workshops.


5) Ford Wins LeMans!  It was the 50th anniversary of the huge Ford win at the 1966 LeMans, where Ford finished 1, 2, and 3.  This was a gutsy play by Ford to try to repeat history in 2016, but they pulled it off with a first place finish.  I'm sure Henry Ford II ("Hank the Deuce", who put is "mojo" into the 1966 effort) is smiling from heaven.

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6) Last May's Newsletter Here are the topics covered in our previous newsletter.  If you would like another copy of May 2016's newsletter (or any previous newsletter) for detail on these topics, visit our website at: Performance Trends Newsletters 

  1. New Shock Dyno Movie
  2. New Compression Ratio Pro Features
  3. Ron Sutton's Suspension Tuning Workshops
  4. New Newsletter Provider
  5. Last February's Newsletter

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