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Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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PERFORMANCE Special Delivery The custom tool market is all about helping technicians work faster and smarter. Compiled by Jef White Aftermarket shops will want to make sure the tools they purchase are high-quality and backed by a company with good customer service. (Photo courtesy Intercomp Co.) W hen it comes to working smarter, proper equipment is a must. A shop well-stocked with specialty tools can get the job done right and on time, every time. A shop owner's job is to find the right tools for the work at hand, while tool manufacturers are faced with the challenge of demonstrating their product, its features and benefits to the proper audience. To bring the two together, the following is a brief look at five of the latest specialty tools to hit the performance aftermarket, and a little bit about their function and potential usefulness to aftermarket professionals. Intercomp Co. Medina, Minn. Scott Elmgren Market Specialist Our hottest specialty automotive tool is… Recently our Variable-Speed Shock Dyno and Coil-Over Spring Tester have been getting a lot of attention. Its best features include … The Intercomp Variable-Speed Shock Dynamometer features an adjustable stroke, two mast length options, a 3-hp motor available in standard and highspeed, Intercomp shock analysis software and a dedicated laptop. The Coil-Over Spring Tester and Compressor not only rates standard coil springs 2.5 to 6 inches in diameter, it can also rate a fully assembled coil-over setup and provides the ability to adjust coil-overs without having to disassemble the shock and spring. Technicians can work smarter when they have the confidence that comes from knowing they have state-of-the-art tools that will enable them to complete a job faster, more efficiently or in an improved environment focusing on worker safety. (Photo courtesy Port-A-Cool) 30 n Performance & Hotrod Business PHBFEB.indd 30 n Shops can feel good about investing in specialty tools because … Being knowledgeable on how to use specialty tools opens up more opportunities for customers to utilize your services, and it helps to differentiate yourself from the competition. February 2014 1/3/14 12:08 PM

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