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Racing Insiders Podcast

By Racing Insiders Podcast

A racing car is an animal with thousands of adjustments. We answer tech questions on how to make those adjustments, what tools to use, and give tips on better adjustments. If you want to up your race program, this show is for you!
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EP115 Bicycles, Brakes, and Bellyaches

Racing Insiders PodcastJun 21, 2022

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EP166 The Best Hookers in Racing

EP166 The Best Hookers in Racing

This week's guest is Neal McPhillips, one of the master minds behind Hooker Harness, will be our special guest on the next episode!

Neal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on safety in the racing and aviation world, we can't wait to dive into his incredible journey and insights. Whether you're a racing enthusiast or simply love a good story, this episode is a must-listen.

Questions asked on the show

Belt inspection process, why it matters?

Are the belts for each entity the same?

Life expectancy of the belts?

How many planes and race cars do you think you are in right now?

Sep 26, 202301:01:31
EP165 Track Promotor and Racing Series President, Jason Smoot

EP165 Track Promotor and Racing Series President, Jason Smoot

Get ready for an action-packed episode of the Racing Insider's Podcast! We're thrilled to announce that Jason Smoot, also known as "Mr. Smooth," and the driving force behind American Racer Modifieds presented by Velocita-USA and BLUE RIDGE Outlaw Latemodels will be our special guest!


Questions asked on the show:

Can you describe some of the equipment you use doing track prep?

In your series can somebody build their own steel engine?

What big events are left this year for both Blue Ridge and the Modifieds?

What plans do you guys have going forward into next season?

What, if any, changes have you seen being made to cars or engines lately?

What challenges do you face as a track promoter? And do you face a lot of criticism?



Sep 19, 202301:03:53
EP164 Shocks, Gauges, and Tight Seat Belt Systems

EP164 Shocks, Gauges, and Tight Seat Belt Systems

This week we took a dive into the world of shocks, gauges, and SPEED.


Questions Asked on the Show

What are your thoughts on adding rebound to the right rear shock when the track goes dry slick? I liked the AFCO ultra lite 16+ rotor and the pillar vane 1.25 directional rotors. Are they discontinued? I've seen them on backorder for the past year but haven't checked lately?

Wireless Longacre scales continuously lock up at our track. Batteries changed often. No improvement. Any suggestions?

Grain scales is all we ever used, like Ben said you have to have a home base. Ben how is Mark Bush doing and what is he up to these days?



Sep 12, 202347:16
EP163 Power Steering, Radiators, and Better Racing Programs

EP163 Power Steering, Radiators, and Better Racing Programs

In this episode we took a deep dive into the world of high-performance steering systems and gained insight from one of the best in the business, Cody Haskins from KRC Power Steering! With his extensive background in racing and a dedication to innovation, Cody is an amazing source of information for racers and race teams. 

Questions Asked on the show:

How have things changed for you going from an asphalt racer to racing a dirt late model? And how has that affected your product experience? Do you find that there's a different experience with with like the power steering and the products compared, you know, comparatively?

Can you talk about the trend towards tandem pumps? 

When someone is looking to do all of their front drive setup you know, their power steering, their water pump, and any of your pulley systems -  is there any best way or what would you recommend?

Do you have an opinion on V belt versus serpentine. If you are if you are in a class that you can't run anything on the back. What are your thoughts on V belt versus serpentine?

I think you have done some extensive work with even more like just tell us what you've got from KRC for the 525s?

And you have some other accessories as well like your seamline kit, correct?

Can you tell us a little bit about that for how racers can bring, you know, some of this economics and math into you know, deciding like basically kind of where they're going to run that and just tell us a little bit about that.

What are some of the most common questions that you receive on a daily basis over KRC?

What are some of the other questions that you receive? 

And with your power steering pumps, is this much like a water pump in the sense that if you can keep the temperatures cooler, that you're gonna get better performance? 

What are your thoughts on a bottom restrictor, do you have any thoughts on that?

Do you find that in different areas of the country that even with like, let's say with crate motors, that guys are running different things and getting the like you'll get better results with this package in the Midwest and then a different package in the South. Are you seeing anything like that? 

Any kind of kind of tips that you would have for racers? 

Now can moisture be an issue as well with your your power steering fluid?









Aug 29, 202355:37
EP162 Shocks and Fans with the Forest Gump of Racing, Ken Anderson

EP162 Shocks and Fans with the Forest Gump of Racing, Ken Anderson

This episode is a special one, we had on Ken Anderson from Race-Fan to talk about their innovative products as well as his impressive career. Ken got his start working as Chief Designer and General Manager for Fox Factory, he then went on to be Chief Engineer for Penske Racing and designed Penske Shocks. His work with Formula One, Indy Cars, and the Busch Series are only the tip of the iceberg with his outstanding career in racing. Tune in for some great information and awesome racing history.

Aug 15, 202356:11
EP161 Performance Lubricants, Tire Treatments, and Daytona1 Products

EP161 Performance Lubricants, Tire Treatments, and Daytona1 Products

Grab your questions and join Kate and NASA Hall of FameMember, Buck Parker, as they discuss current events and answer viewer tech questions LIVE. Topics covered on the show include: - Parasitic Drag - Gear Oil - Oil Viscosity - Synthetic Oils and Engine Temps - Tire Treatments

Aug 08, 202301:02:16
EP160 Chassis Set Up, Race Fans, and Hammond Motorsports

EP160 Chassis Set Up, Race Fans, and Hammond Motorsports

This week we had Dave Hammond of Hammond Motorsports and DIRTCAR USA on the show. As a Racelogic instructor specializing in suspension and beyond, Dave will bring a wealth of expertise to our show. 🏆
QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW Running a 602 in my modified it was 100 degrees last race the motor ran 240 is that too hot?What do you use for rockers? And push rods???Seems like the ratios are all over the place

When using the setup plates how do you compensate for the tire sizes when setting angles?

I'm going to race the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas in November. Is the setup for IMCA Stock Cars different on a big track like that different from the bullrings I'm used to? How did you come up with the idea for the chassis setup plates?

What are some of the main things that you suggest to people about how to keep their cars cooler this time of year?

Running a 602 in my modified, it was 100 degrees last race the motor ran 240 Is that too hot?

Bought my three blades from Kate, and went from 195 to 190, and no shroud. I'm running running race gas.


Aug 01, 202301:14:53
EP159 Performance Oil, Air Leaks, And Name Calling

EP159 Performance Oil, Air Leaks, And Name Calling

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

My buddy (a mechanic) says. changing valve springs on his 602 is unnecessary. What can I tell him (or what names can I call him) to convince him he's wrong?

Do you have a set of vortec heads and/or vortec intake that’s I could purchase for a built motor I’m putting together?

602's on E85, do you have a favorite fuel. Is the E85 available at the gas stations bad news?

Do (or can) you reseal engines with genuine GM seals?

Is it just me or has racing fell off in the last year or so, what needs to be done to get new folks involved?

Will your hendren 604 carb on E85 work on 602?

Best way to gain hp on a 602 with a class having to run only 4412 carbs?

Running 10/30 schaffers in 604 crate in 94 degree weather … oil pressure down to 25 at idle after 25 lap feature … thoughts on going to 20/50?

Do you tune the headers when there new , we do with the added tubes where the heat coloring stops?

What Is your opinion on champion plugs?

Have you done much for dyno testing with the Gibbs/Driven GP-1 10w30 and if so how does it compare power wise to your top performing oils?

Does Steve have a imca crate rebuilder he recommends?

Jul 25, 202347:08
EP158 Thermostats, Gear Oil, and Scented Fuel

EP158 Thermostats, Gear Oil, and Scented Fuel

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW What rpm range does the 602 start to really make power?

How much oil do you add to the 525?

4:11 ring and pinion vs the 4:86. Steve said the 4:11 is better to run than the other and if Steve could explain exactly what he has found in testing and how this really works?

The Race fan vs GM steel 4 blade. On the Race fan website, it shows on a chart that the 3 blade moves more air than the GM 4 blade. If the 3 blade moves more air that means it takes more energy to move more air. If Steve could explain how design of the fan helps the engine in racing applications?

Distributor recommendations for 602 vs 604?

If you were mandating a fuel for a 602, what would be your first economical choice other than fuel from the corner store?

Will these Art’s set-ups work on an aluminum open late motor?

Do you do IMCA seals?

Our limited rules state automotive gas with race gas blend only. Whats the best race gas and automotive gas to run. And what blend?

What is the high side engine temp when running methanol, using 180 thermostat?

What rpm rage should you run 604?

Would a thermostat like the Stewart’s with a bypass accomplish similar?

Steve how do you guys like the new Hoosiers on your sons car? 

Would a ton of condensation on the butterfly’s of a carb for e85 be normal in humid environments or would that worry you about water in the cell?

Where can I find a R2C filter base for a 4412?




Jul 18, 202301:00:35
EP157 Carbs, Regulators, and Push Push Pull

EP157 Carbs, Regulators, and Push Push Pull

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW Have u seen any increase in cheating in the 602 divisions recently?

602 crate with Holley 650 4 barrell. What is your first choice for a carburetor spacer?

What is the best carb for a 602?

What do u guys think best stock rocker arm is?

Is it hard on motors going back n forth from e85 for one series. Then gas series rules for other races?

Any advantage with a 4.11 rear end vs a 4.86 in a 604 dirt late model and what lubricant do you recommend for heim ends? Do you think promoters should race at their track?

Do you think promoters should race at their track?

What are yalls thoughts about a promoter quitting mid season and straight giving the finger to the fans as they are leaving?

Can you run the evac kit with reversion muffler? Or is there too much back pressure?

Why am I going through so much fuel with my super bowl... alcohol a1 jets 1 click to lean on 604?

How often should your carb be torn down and gone through? Running a 602 on E85 with a stealth carb?

I know many guys in area running aviation fuel can you help me explain why not to run it other than it's for a airplane than race car?


Jul 11, 202301:03:13
EP156 Valve Springs, Air Filters, and Running the Chip
Jun 27, 202301:09:60
EP155 Valve Springs, Fan Blades, and Fiddy Two Chicken Wings
May 23, 202339:10
EP154 Problem Solving, Pre Filters, and all things Spark Plugs

EP154 Problem Solving, Pre Filters, and all things Spark Plugs

May 16, 202346:10
EP153 Glory, Pit Lizards, and the Dirt we Wear Home
May 02, 202301:04:35
EP152 Carb Spacers, Fuel Pressure, and a Triangle of Blocks
Apr 25, 202357:35
EP151 Oil Pressure, Air Cleaners, and Water Wars
Apr 18, 202345:35
EP150 Common Questions, Technical Difficulties, and Steve's Heiny
Apr 11, 202330:52
EP149 Ethanol, Horsepower, and Kate's Quest
Apr 04, 202336:47
EP148 Fuel Pressure, Race Track Scuffles, and A Driver's Perspective
Mar 28, 202359:32
EP147 Risque Tech Videos, Prison Success Stories, and the 12 Seasons of North Carolina
Mar 21, 202334:31
EP146 Ball Splines, Spark Plugs, and Staying out of the Wall
Mar 14, 202352:53
EP145 Oil, Fuel, and Banned RUSH Seals

EP145 Oil, Fuel, and Banned RUSH Seals

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
what is your opinion on using 87 octane non ethanol fuel in a 602 crate motor? Also what octane booster I could use it up to 91 or 93?
what are your thoughts on plug indexing? 602 crate
Steve not asking you to reveal your secrets but what is your method of preparing and cleaning your tires?
How many races should you get out of oil before changing?
What is the best oil to run in a 602?
Explain Germaine test?
Daytona1 15w40 tell me your opinion an why or whynot to use it?
3/4 preload with engine hot or cold?
What’s your opinion on the crate usa vs acas seal deal?
where is the best spot to put my reversion mufflers? How close to the collector?
On a CT525 where should the anti reversion muffler be placed behind the collector?
What’s your thoughts on running an hei street fire on a 602?
how long can a new engine set before you need to pre-lube it again before starting it?
​How much preload do you put in 602 valve springs? I’ve heard 3/4 turn, 1 turn, 1 1/2 turn?
Opinion on pump e85 through a 602?
How much fuel pressure do you suggest for a 602 on E-85?
Would you recommend going ump mod or ump pro or do crate late models?
​What’s the difference in the quick silver 602 vs a regular 602 I seen the rules at the big north Georgia race are allowing the quick silver

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

To watch this podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.

Mar 07, 202301:06:31
EP144 RPM, Shock Rebound, and Would you Rather
Feb 21, 202323:07
EP143 Thermostats, Cavitation, and Life Bingo Cards
Feb 14, 202330:54
EP142 Balloons, Rocker Arms, and Chip Rules
Feb 07, 202328:05
EP141 Carb Jets, Torque, and the Airport Lost and Found
Jan 31, 202358:26
EP140 Spark Plugs, Carb Spacers, and Racelogic

EP140 Spark Plugs, Carb Spacers, and Racelogic

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
Do you have the newer 604 springs in stock Kate? Matched?
What’s the best fuel filter for 602 on E85?
Have you seen or ran the newer Holley 650's I believe they are a different center section?
How long to freshen 604?
What is the best water wetter to use, that really works?
Do you have any dyno experience with a stepped wall carb spacer on a 602?
How much Horsepower/torque loss do you see from not changing your valve spring every 5-10 nights and instead run them 15-20?
Wix 51060 still the best oil filter?
Why do i see some guys putting the 2brl carbs sideways? what's the advantage?
Are the brisk plugs worth the money?
What is the best air cleaner for asphalt racing, since we don't have a problem with dirt I wasn't sure if the Walkers is still your choice?
Have you seen timing issues using the stock GM Module? I have heard they can lose a few degrees in the upper rpm range.
Getting ready to change 602 Valve Springs and I would like to measure the force before putting them in. I have the Arbor press style hydraulic Pressure Checker. How much do we compress the spring to check?
What are you thoughts on fuel line sleeve, slip on and split/Velcro style?
Can a 604 engine be rebuilt to a sealed 602?
What Spark plugs are best for 602 running e85? and what gap do you prefer?
What is the best fuel pressure to set at idle and at full rpm on a 604 crate late model on e85?
Do you carry 5 Star Bodies products in house at Crate Insider?
We are getting ready to switch to e85, does the ignition advance stay at 34 degrees?

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

To watch the podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.

Jan 24, 202348:18
EP139 Rated Rockers, Thermostat Systems, and Engine Blueprinting Explained

EP139 Rated Rockers, Thermostat Systems, and Engine Blueprinting Explained

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
Do you need to re-shim your valve springs every time you change them?
You do recommend checking matched springs after every race right?
Any update on the new style 604 valve springs? Has there been enough testing to compare to the "Blue" springs as far as longevity?
I run a thermostat with my 602 it has helped me tremendously on fuel consumption to get the car up to temp but would you recommend keeping it and running a dual bypass neck for security measures with it or just try running different restrictors and doing away with the thermostat???
How many engine refreshes can you get on stock piston on a 602?
Steve what are you actually allowed to do when you do a crate motor at your shop ?
What is the benefit of a 3 circuit carb vs. 2 circuit?
Would too large of an exhaust collector on a 360CI 10:1 engine make it lazy when picking up the throttle?
Steve, what iRPM is lowest you want to see on the recall after a race on a 602?
​I was referring to how low would let the rpm's go on a 602 before changing to a llower gear
​How far do you run race fan from radiator?
525 on x85 do you recommend running the thermostat or no?
Explain the Arts thermostat system and the benefit?
How long do you think the Walker air filters last before they need replaced or is just case by case?
Would you recommend putting the anti reversion mufflers with the kevco kit?
Here in Ohio and Northern Kentucky we do not season techs or series checking crates. Is there direction we can steer track owners to educate them selves and techs?
How many RPM’s would be gained by changing from a Saginaw/Muncie type trans to a brinn or bert?
Alternator no alternator?
On a blueprinted motor do the seals and gaskets help with not sucking in dirt on a 602 or was that just a out the box speedway motor I remember you talking about it last week on the live?

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

To watch the podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.

Jan 17, 202301:00:48
EP138 CARS Racing Show Overview, New Products in Racing, and Fantasy Football
Jan 10, 202338:51
EP137 Join us at the CARS Racing Show this Weekend!

EP137 Join us at the CARS Racing Show this Weekend!

The CARS Racing Show is this Friday and Saturday January 6-7! Come out and see all the new innovations for 2023! 

CARS Racing Show in Hickory, NC this January 6-7th

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

Valve springs are not rated on seat pressure, but they are matched correct?
Intake springs are different then the exhaust on a 602?
Is the video about adjusting valve springs on a 604 on the Crate Insider website still the best way to adjust them after a valve spring change?
With all the braided line manufacturers out there. What is your preferred size hose?
Where would you recommend to connect a water pressure gauge?
Should the 602 run synthetic oil?
How much jets should change for florida elevation. And anything else? Also if only have 2 jets per number would u put the bigger numbers in front or back?
Is there power to be gained with a smaller balancer and light weight flex plate with a 602?
Why do you run a water pressure gauge?
What is the best way to get to a 362 cubic inch motor?
My first year running a 602, what rate valve spring should i get when i replace them?
What radiator fan uses the least hp and still moves enough air for cooling a 604 on methanol with 1to1 pulleys and double pass radiator?


Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

To watch the podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.


Jan 03, 202355:47
EP136 Plug Wires, Brutal Cold, and The CARS Racing Show
Dec 20, 202238:40
EP135 Shocks, Fuel, and Steve's Parking Jobs
Dec 13, 202241:60
EP134 PRI, Sponsorship, and Trailer Hitches
Dec 06, 202256:24
EP133 Winterizing your Engine, Art's Radiator, and a Live Giveaway
Nov 29, 202245:55
EP132 Freshened Engines, Safety, and Kate's Fireproof Underwear

EP132 Freshened Engines, Safety, and Kate's Fireproof Underwear

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

We run Schaefer supreme 7000 synthetic plus 15/40 would you recommend this oil or an other viscosity?
Winterized and pulled my motor. Should i turn over by hand throughout winter. Spray anything in intake/header ports or spark plug holes at same time?
What plugs do you recommend in a 602 running CHP? And what Gap?
What size pulleys would you run on a spec motor for the water pump?
Stock type clutch and flywheel for an asphalt street stock? As light as the rules allow or on the heavy side?
602 crate northeast dirt sportsman, my local home track opened up rules on exhaust. Any header (no stainless) but stainless tail and mufflers is legal. Is a tri y or custom header better then a dirt legal style?
X85 vs Chp vs chp/pump mix what have you seen on the dyno with different fuels on the 525?
What's your opinion of Royal Purple oil?
On Vp rx 96 fuel at the moment looking to switch to x85 this year but a lot of 602 guys around my area NE Georgia having problems getting the e or x 85 to run or take off good, any recommendations?
​What's the "average" life expectancy of a 604? For example is 70 nights a lot?
​I'm preparing to purchase my first 602 for hobby stock, do you have any new products recommended since your last 602 sheet and video?
​What’s the difference in e85 and x85?
Can you run thru what I need to do to change from pump gas to e85 on a street stock with a 602, fuel pump, reg, do I need a return?
What fuel pressure should I run?

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

To watch the podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.

Nov 22, 202254:58
EP131 Quick Change, Spring Smashers, Get Out and VOTE
Nov 08, 202201:01:38
EP130 Rear Ends, Thermostats, and Hip Attatchments
Oct 18, 202241:17
EP129 E85, Fuel Pumps, and the Road Rage Champ
Oct 04, 202201:02:55
EP128 Rockers, Driveshafts, and Finding Steve an Outlet
Sep 27, 202245:30
EP127 Twist Axles, Dyno Sheets, and Kate's Shorts

EP127 Twist Axles, Dyno Sheets, and Kate's Shorts

Sep 20, 202255:47
EP126 Cooling Tips, Spring Pressure, and a Memorial Race Announcement

EP126 Cooling Tips, Spring Pressure, and a Memorial Race Announcement

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

Will it be ok to choose the pro cam mechanical fuel pump to stop the cause of vapor lock issue because the new gas pumps now all have 10% ethanol in it to use on a carburetor engine?
Moving to a street/super stock class and going to be going with the 604 option. Rules just say must run a Holley 4 barrel carb, no aerosol carbs. Is the Ultra XP basically the way to go? 650 or 750 cfm better for the crate?
I’ve heard you mention the strange twist axles on your personal cars. Are they worth it? Pros and cons?
What’s the best header/muffler combo for a 604 street stock that will make the most torque without getting into a $1700 set of stainless steel headers? Or is the stainless really worth the money in that application?
I want to set the end play on my crate hei distributor shaft. What end play setting would you recommend?
Would you be content buying a the ultra XP new from Holley? Or is there more to be gained getting one from an actual carb guy?
I was always under the impression that “bigger is better” on carb spacers, but I’ve heard people saying being up against some big open motors with a 604, I’ve heard people say shorter usually equals more torque, and I feel like anywhere I can get more torque is critical. So in the case if true, is there “too short” of a spacer?
How much does your 604 carbs cost ? E85 .. Do you have 1 ready to ship or do you need me to ship mine to you to build?
Your thoughts on removing the power valve? Or is that not beneficial at all?
I've heard the newer 602's have valve springs that no longer have a damper. If this is true, are the spring retainers the same on the newer engines.
Does the phenolic plate replace the steel plate or used with the steel plate?
I've always heard open spring pressure is more important then closed seat pressure? Around what should open pressures be on crate 602?
Do I need change anything on a 604 on methanol to run the 6800 rpm over the 6400 rpm?
Any 602 winterizing tips? Back off valve springs /fogging engine?


Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

 To watch the podcast on Crate Insider's YouTube channel, click here.

Sep 13, 202251:18
EP125 Air Filtration, Timing, and Racing Tow Trucks
Aug 30, 202246:33
EP124 Valve Springs, Zinc Carburetors, and Popcorn Parties

EP124 Valve Springs, Zinc Carburetors, and Popcorn Parties

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

New week, new studio! This week's show is the first one in the new studio, click here to check it out. Several manufacturers joined live and helped out with tech questions. Shoutout to Bill Pink with Bill Pink Carburetors, we appreciated the great info. Kate wanted to remind everyone of the August Giveaway over at Crate Insider. Click here for a chance to win $400 of Crate Insider Cash, a t-shirt, hat, and two can coolers.

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
I'm also wondering which type of distributor gear is preferred, bronze or steal?
I have a brand new 604 straight from GM (crossing my fingers and toes that it's right). I'm wondering what oil filter is best for break-in?
I’ve done everything you recommend….. except cold air box and fan…… looking for hp gain …. Will I pick up with cold air and I’d buy 4 blade fan to change to 2,3,4 blade?
Have you tested the Holley aluminum 4412 carburetor? Is it better than the zinc version?
How often do you replace your Walker air filter? Do they go bad , what to look for?
With the now defunct FUEL series, is there still a rebuilding seal available for a CT525?
Time to change valve springs what r best on market now....604 E85, run pittsburgh?
How long do you need to go through my 604?
Ok so listening to y’all on my way home about 604 valve springs….my motor is older and never has been updated to beehives….so you can buy factory springs for 604? And are there any performance gains by going to beehives?
What’s the best way to clean your air filter? Not using an air gun?
What’s required to swap form a Saginaw 3 speed to a brinn style trans?
How often should valves be adjusted on a 602?
Does the new create engine 602 run at 6500 now?

Aug 23, 202245:12
EP123 MSD Boxes, Water Wetter, and Creepy Soup

EP123 MSD Boxes, Water Wetter, and Creepy Soup

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

Another great week in the books for Kate and Steve. The two have made great progress in their businesses this week with one goal always in mind, help the racing community! Great tech questions were answered and a couple of Pod Deck questions caused a stir. Kate wanted to remind everyone of the August Giveaway over at Crate Insider. Click here for a chance to win $400 of Crate Insider Cash, a t-shirt, hat, and two can coolers.

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

Have you ever heard of anyone going through MSD Boxes to trick them out?
What are the best springs for a 525?
Explain the difference between the 602 and 604?
Tell how the dawn works in the water for the radiator and it’s only water and dawn soap blue?
Why is a 4.11 gear better for crate racing than a 4.86?
​whats the turn around time on blueprinting a 602 right now?
What should correct timing be on 604 on Sunoco e-85R with Hendren 700 carb?
The company that is “working on” the MSD digital rev box. Have you had the chance to discuss that?

Aug 16, 202248:46
EP122 Engine Tech, Wheels, and Ronald Reagan

EP122 Engine Tech, Wheels, and Ronald Reagan

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast! 

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions. 

This week has been a great one for Kate and Steve. Kate is finally seeing an easier supply chain and is happily awaiting her shipment of 80 Keizer wheels. Steve just received his new AK from Classis Firearms. This episode covers a lot of great questions from valve springs to what is the weirdest thing Steve has ever seen in someone's house? 


QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
What is the proper placement of a fan?
When switching from a 12 volt to a 16 volt battery, what is involved?
What happens with old Valve Springs... I havent ever heard this question asked.. Just that they need changed. Does the Engine lose power an how much?
Lift plate can you use them on the 604 to pull the engine or install it?
From your experience how old of a chassis can still be competitive before updates and or new chassis is necessary?
Any inner beadlocks in stock?
What is the cost to freshen a 602 and blue print?
When do you expect to have 525’s in stock?
Hi, what is a safe maximum voltage for a GM HEI distributor before you cook the module or coil?
Speaking of a Vortec head,which are better,the 062’s or the 906’s?
​What is the best thing to do to a 602 crate for more power as a open motor not sealed ?

Aug 09, 202255:27
EP121 Racelogic, August Giveaway, and Would You Rather

EP121 Racelogic, August Giveaway, and Would You Rather

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast! 

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page  and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

This week Kate and Steve had a great time playing "Would You Rather", and Steve would rather be an upside down traingle. They answered some awesome cooling and carb questions. Kate also announced that the August Giveaway is open! This month's giveaway is $400 of Crate Insider cash, and an appearel package. To be entered in to win, click here.

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
Double pass rads can cause this water pump flow speed
Or lean engine?
How much more power are you seeing out of the 604 over the 602 on dyno?
When did they quit making twist off seals on 604 crates?
Whats best way to cool a motor under caution if its on the very warm side? Idle as low as can or Drop in low and rev it up?
I’m looking to buy some new headers for a 604 and have seen some of the header manufacturers have a 3-step header. Is there any gains on the dyno with the extra step vs a 2-step?
Can I put Daytona 1 oil treatment in my trany and 3rd members?
Still getting hot 240 at lap 16. Brand new rad -16 hose, no restrictor, 19in jones blade. 34 degrees timing Stealth e85 1.325 carb. I dont know what else to do?
I have had over heating issue all summer. Changed my 28” radiator to 31” . What is the best thing to run for a additive . He are not allowed to run antifreeze ?
What mild steel headers would you recommend for a 604?
What’s the sealing process now for a 525 now that the FUEL series is not running?

Aug 02, 202253:28
EP120 Dyno Tips, Buying Used Crate Engines, and Steve Shakes the Table

EP120 Dyno Tips, Buying Used Crate Engines, and Steve Shakes the Table

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast! Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page  and Crate Insider YouTube Channel to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

In this episode Kate and Steve do a recap of their weeks and answer some awesome tech questions about exhaust leaks, dynos, buying used crate engines, and ignition!

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

Is the cooling fan with bolt up blades worth the money and does it cool?

Are Stainless headers for a 604 or Coated headers any difference on Dyno?

What is the absolute best carb for an e85 carb as well as what is the best care for e85 during winter months (not racing months)?

360 Sprintcar division in Australia changed to Prosprint to allow CT525 Crate. Thoughts? How many nights you get off one?

How long does it normally take to dyno?

Is bigger always better? Cfm wise for a 604 on e85?

Also what is basic week to week maintenance on a 604 well any engine really?

Check timing after every race? Or is it like that one cooking deal... set it and forget it?

Didn’t Steve say something here a while back about running a dish washing liquid in the coolant to do the same thing as water wetter?

I have a header exhaust leak right where the tubes connect to collector. Should I be concerned? Leak is small.

Running 525 on e85and lost fuel pressure had new foam in fuel cell new fuel filter and had all lines cleaned, can the waterman reverse mount pumps go bad or the regulator? What’s a good place to start troubleshooting?

A guy told me he adjusts the lifters on a 602 at 1/8 of a turn pre load because the engine is cold and the lifter isn’t pumped up yet. Would that classify him as an idiot??

What should some one look out for when going the 604 road. Used needing a freshened vs new?

Jul 26, 202201:07:28
EP119 Thermostats, Dish Detergent, and Myth Busting Matched Rocker Arms

EP119 Thermostats, Dish Detergent, and Myth Busting Matched Rocker Arms

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

This week Kate and Steve answered some great questions on Thermostats, and received some good reviews on the thermostat system Steve recommended a few weeks ago. To learn more about that system, click here. The two hosts got a little railed up when asked about matched rocker arms. Keep an eye out on Crate Insider's YouTube channel for an upcoming video testing these on the dyno.

Crate Insider has started a monthly giveaway! This Month's giveaway is worth over $400 and includes:

Speed Handle by LSM Racing Products

Valve Lash Adjusting Tool

Valve Spring Changer

Matched Valve Springs

Crate Insider shirt

Can Coolers 

Click here to enter the July giveaway!

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW

Any documented horse power or torque increase for a stock 602 with 6A over the HEI?
We picked up a miss 2 weeks ago and still trying to find, we've changed the plugs, coil, rotor, battery. And it still missing. Would you happen to have any ideas?
Are spin fuel regulators still a thing? If yes, where do you get rebuild kits?
What’s a good radiator for a 604?
What other fuel regulator do you recommend?
How does a Rush series prepared 602 compare to a DIRT AR engine HP and Torque?
On the putting 7qts of oil in a 604 that is counting the filter also?
What do y’all think about Base R85?
Kate do you have any valves springs in for the 602?
Cost to freshen 525?
What maintenance do you do on Chp?
Been seeing 1.5 matched rockers advertised for sale for 602. How much gain is it to have all 1.5s compared to some being 1.3 1.4?
On a 525 would you run chp or chp+?

Jul 19, 202201:03:59
EP118 Refreshing Engines, Running Hot, and Racing Legends

EP118 Refreshing Engines, Running Hot, and Racing Legends

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

This weeks show was an interesting one for sure. The hosts went over hoses and legends and literally everything in between! Steve gave some great info on running with too much heat in the engine and gave away one of his newest top secret tips for any crate engine. Kate shared some info on a great YouTube channel Racing Rewind, where you can find some of racings finest from the 80s-00s! 

Crate Insider has started a monthly giveaway! This Month's giveaway is worth over $400 and includes:

Speed Handle by LSM Racing Products

Valve Lash Adjusting Tool

Valve Spring Changer

Matched Valve Springs

Crate Insider shirt

Can Coolers 

Click here to enter the July giveaway!

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
We run 602 crates with 650 4 barrel . Northeast dirt rule says spacer plate is to be a single hole not to be more than 1 1/8 thickness. Would you prefer thinner or thicker plates, or what is your preference?
Do you run a restrictor in the water neck with the 20 hose?
You talk about having an alternator on a 602 crate what amp alternator do you recommend?
How often should you change value springs on a 602?
Is it worth rebuilding a 602 are buy new one?
What amp alternator do you recommend for 602 crate?
Do you think running a 20w-50 in a 604 creates more motor heat?
Do all 604’S have same cams in them?
How much to rebuild 604?

Jul 12, 202254:22
EP117 Tracks, Tech, and Great Racing Past

EP117 Tracks, Tech, and Great Racing Past

Welcome to the Racing Insider’s Podcast!

Each week, Kate Dillon from Crate Insider and Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines go live on the Crate Insider Facebook page to chat about world events, random things, and to answer tech questions.

Another awesome episode for the books. This week Kate and Steve celebrated Independence Day with their patriotic attire, 'Merica...F**K Yeah! They have both had great weeks and ended the week with a fun race at their local track to watch Steve's son, Alex Hendren, race. Viewers had great questions about Steve's racing past, which led to the highlight of one of our favorite YouTube channels, Racing Rewind. If you are a lover of some of the past racing greats, definitley check that channel out. 

Crate Insider has started a monthly giveaway! This Month's giveaway is worth over $400 and includes:

Speed Handle by LSM Racing Products

Valve Lash Adjusting Tool

Valve Spring Changer

Matched Valve Springs

Crate Insider shirt 

Can Coolers 

Click here to enter the July giveaway!

QUESTIONS ASKED ON THE SHOW
Have you guys or the fine folks at pro fab done testing the anti reversion mufflers on regular 4 into 1 vs tri y stuff?
Is there any advantage to rating rocker arms with little variance?
When building a 9.1 flat tappet 2bl motor to race a against 602’s on a 1/4 or 1/3 mile track, what do you try to achieve more torque, more horsepower or try and equal both out?
Anti freeze with wetter water or distilled water with wetter water? What do you think would do better?
How is the industry going with all the high price of doing business?
How often have you seen a lifter go bad in a 602?

Jul 05, 202201:00:13