Team Kwagga Newsletter | Issue 1
So we lost the 2013 championship by a single point, boo-hoo-hooo!
Directly after the last event at Rayton on 8 November last year, we started the hard work to prepare for the new season. Below is a list of things that have been done as well as some items that still need attention before the first event of the 2014 season near Parys in the Free State on 8 February:
- Fit new Bilstein dampers with built in hydraulic bump stops. The latest and most advanced Bilstein dampers yet are being built for Team Kwagga as we speak and these will be ready by the second event at Polokwane on 15 March.
- We fit new racing seats. Arno felt that his ass slides around on the seat too much and this makes it difficult for him to feel what Kwagga is doing. So we bought 2 racing bucket seats from ATS Motorsport which we fitted last year. Arno drove Kwagga with the new bucket seat at the Moegatle practice day last year and reports that the improvemen t in “feel” is tremendous!
- Replace fuel pumps. Due to various reasons, our fuel pumps are tired and do not consistently deliver the required pressure and flow anymore. Besides that, they moan all the time and I suspect this is due to cavitation. Thanks to Ted Garstang at Imcomex, we sourced new pumps at a great price and these will be fitted together with new coarse grain strainers from Turboformance in Nelspruit between the fuel tank and the pumps to reduce pressure drop at the pump inlet.
- Fit new Z-Factor rear radius arms. Thanks to Elinem Engineering (Johan le Roux and Franco Graaff) who manufactured and machined the new radius arms according to Neels van der Merwe's CAD design in record time. And a great thank you to Carl van Vuuren and his guys who helped us to grind off the old brackets and weld in the new brackets last year. The aim was to increase belly clearance and Arno reports a good impro vement in this area as well after the Moegatle practice weekend.
- Fit new nose. Arno bought a body last year and Team Kwagga bought the nose section (fenders, bonnet, grille, lights, etc.) from him. This was fitted in early January to replace the old nose section that we have crushed beyond recognition last year!
- Build new roll cage. At the end of last season, Kwagga’s roll cage was a mess of fixes and we needed something better. On Monday 6 January I offloaded Kwagga at Delberg Engineering (tel 012-666-8169) in Sundeland Ridge, Centurion. They specialise in pipe bending and fabrication and they built a brand new roll cage from scratch in just a couple of days. The new roll cage goes through the floor and bolts directly onto the chassis with high tensile U-bolts and flanges. We also extended the roll cage to the front to help protect that precious new nose we fitted! The roll cage looks fantastic and I can high ly recommend Delberg Engineering to anyone needing pipe bending or fabrication.The new bolt-on roll cage fabricated by Delberg Engineering, COOL!
- Panel beat and spray paint. Kwagga is currently in the capable hands of LR Spraypainters in Brakpan (commonly known as the Centre of the Universe!) where all the body damage from last year is being smoothed over ready for a fresh coat of paint. We should get Kwagga back from them in time for some much needed tender loving care before the season kicks off on 8 February.
- Fix steering cooler and piping. The pipes in and out of the steering cooler put undue strain on the cooler causing it to collapse a bit. These coolers are supplied by Ventura Engineering in Route 21 Business park next to the R21 and rea lly are unbelievable! This is the second cooler that we bend due to abuse from Arno (rollovers and such, you know!) and neither of them has leaked a drop! We will pick up a new cooler next week and fit that together with new optimised piping compliments of Greame Morris at The Hydraulic Connection.
Our sponsors for 2014:
Team Kwagga is very proud to announce the continued support from the list of sponsors below:
The Hydraulic Connection (THC) – Hydraulic and brake piping and hoses.
Maxxis Tyres – Need I say more.
Bilstein Shock Absorbers - High performance dampers.
Elinem Engineering – Machining, laser cutting, welding and fabrications.
Bradbri Engineering – Prop shafts and steering components.
Mavtech Automation – Pneumati c systems.
Carl van Vuuren – Welding and steel fabrication.
Autometer – Automotive lights, fuse boxes, switches etc.
We look forward to another great season, see you out there!