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Question: "What's this I hear about MicroBlue turbos?" Robert from Colorado

Craig: We started coating turbos for pro tractor pullers in 2004. Since then, not one of them have managed to blow one up. For trucking, it's going to greatly increase the response and spool-up. Don't expect to see any major mileage gains, but those that have done one with an inframe swear by them. We have many options available, you'll need to call us with your needs.

Question: "What can I expect if I do one of your inframe kits?" Terry from Iowa

Craig: Three things. One, any measurable oil consumption and blow-by will be a thing of the past. With over 400 inframes shipped and counting, we've not been told of anyone using oil or seeing any noticeable blow-by. Two, a noticeable increase in horsepower, particularly in the low and mid-range of the power band. Three, an increase in fuel mileage from 5/10ths to 1 mpg. This has been by far, our most popular product.

Question: "How does MicroBlue work anyway?" Bob in Kansas

Craig: MicroBlue literally changes the way lubricants work, the same way that soft water changes the way soap wets your skin. The coating contains atomic sulfur, which improves it's "wetting" properties. As a result, when a lubricant comes in contact with MicroBlue, it reduces the surface tension of the oil, which makes it far more "slippery". Remember, your real-world friction comes from the effort it takes to push the oil out of the way of the ball, roller or gear tooth. Think of your wheel bearings and the oil "wedge" that exists between the rollers and the races as they rotate. Imagine MicroBlue greatly thinning the oil at that point only, which requires much less effort to move it out of the way.

Question: How is MicroBlue different from other coatings? Eric from Michigan

Craig: First off, every other coating out there, the moly's, Teflons, DLC's and so forth don't actually do anything until things touch. For example, that moly/teflon coated piston skirt does nothing unless it touches the cylinder wall. The coating found on wrist pins does nothing unless they touch the connecting rod bushing. And when contact occurs, all they do is minimize the wear and friction. MicroBlue on the other hand, reduces the friction of everything that doesn't touch. It's an "active" process whereas the others play a "reactive" role. And again, this is due to it's atomic interaction with lubricants. It is the only compound known to work this way.

Question: What is that superfinishing process I hear about? Jody from North Carolina

Craig: It is a process developed by REM Chemicals several years ago and is commonly used in racing. Understanding that machined surfaces are comprised of "peaks and valleys" the ISF® process removes the "peaks" of a machined surface without causing any measurable dimensional changes. We like to think about it like changing the surface from a rock to a "skipping stone". What this does is it now makes it very difficult for loaded surfaces to make hard contact. And we all know, if you don't "touch" you can't wear, right? Here's a nifty video that describes the process: REM ISF® video

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