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October is 'Tyre Safety Month' - Get your free tyre safety check now!

To help local drivers stay safe on the roads this winter, Bram Racing will be offering free tyre safety checks as part of October’s tyre safety month.

See the video below to show how different tread depths react to water on the road.

As part of the checks, qualified tyre technicians from the company will make inspections to ensure that the tyres are inflated to the correct pressures, that they meet the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and the tyres are in a safe and roadworthy condition.

“As the weather starts to take a turn for the worse, our free tyre safety checks are designed to be a real life saver,” explains Michelle, Manager of Bram Racing “Many drivers simply don’t know what to look for or just can’t seem to find the time, so this is a great way to get some peace of mind.”

While checking the condition of tyres only takes a matter of minutes, last year, more than 1,200 road casualties were caused in the UK by accidents where illegal, defective and under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor. What’s more, motorists found to be driving on illegal tyres risk fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

“As well as ensuring that your tyres are safe and legal with a free tyre safety check, it’s wise to ask for an alignment check at the same time,” adds Michelle. “If your wheels are not properly aligned, your tyres can very quickly suffer from irregular or uneven wear, which may make them unsafe or even illegal to use, not to mention the cost of replacing tyres too soon."

When a car’s wheels are misaligned, the tyres scrub along the road surface as the wheel rotates, causing them to wear out rapidly and in an uneven manner. Misalignment can also result in higher fuel bills and reduced safety as drivers become distracted by vehicle pull or drift issues.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 cars in the UK suffer from some form of misalignment which normally can only be properly diagnosed with a four wheel alignment check.

Drivers booking their car in for an alignment check will receive a colour printout showing if any of their car’s key 14 alignment angles are outside of the tolerances specified by their vehicle manufacturer. They will also receive advice on the amount of legal tread left on their tyres, if they are in a safe condition as well as having their tyre pressure checked.

To take advantage of the free tyre safety checks being offered by us or to book your car in for a professional four wheel alignment check, call 01977 703888.

 

For more information on wheel alignment and the Hunter system we use visit

http://www.bramracing.co.uk/wheel-alignment

 www.alignmycar.co.uk


 
AlignMyCar.co.uk is a wheel alignment information resource and centre locator developed by Pro-Align, one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of wheel alignment and wheel service equipment. Pro-Align’s advanced systems are used by many vehicle manufacturers, franchised dealer groups, independent workshops, motorsport specialists and vehicle technology consultancies. Pro-Align is the sole partner for the Hunter range of wheel aligners, balancers and tyre changers in the UK.

Give your customers a treat

We're going to be targeting any garage businesses out there that would like to give their customers the best in wheel alignment, without having to shell out thousands on state of the art equipment. 

Why not send your customer's car to us to do the job for you. It's also a great service if you're a car sales garage, as it will give added confidence that the car they're buying has been four wheel aligned, so no previous unknown bumps, and no tyres to have to buy before time! 

We can offer great deals, with discounts, and we can collect and deliver the car to your business.  We will provide before and after printouts, and will keep you informed at every step, so no sharp surprises when you receive the invoice. 

Give us a call if it's something you may be interested in. We have a good reputation, and giving first class customer service is our priority.  Most of our customers have had someone recommend us to them. 

On another note, we have a new resident at the premises.  We watched her build the biggest nest in the smallest tree around, and now she's sitting waiting for the eggs to hatch.  She must get that nice relaxed atmosphere from somewhere!!

           

                Our Tomcat getting a little bit of sun

 

A trip to accident and emergency did the trick!

Well, it's been a busy week, with one or two unusual cars in for wheel alignment.  It's always much nicer to work when the sun is shining, and we've had plenty of that. 

                  What we hear a lot of from our customers is 'we would have come to you sooner, but we didn't know you were here' which is really frustrating for us, as we've advertised lots recently, in the paper, on the radio, signs up and down the roads etc.  A really good way of advertising is to go to A&E for treatment wearing your work t-shirt !! Well, it worked for me.  After having the hinged counter crash down on my hand the other day, I spent a day complaining about the pain, and knew it looked bad, as even Brad was being sympathetic, and he saw it happen. The next day I thought it best to have an X-ray so nipped myself to Pontefract A&E, where a lovely friendly Dr decided it wasn't broken, and then spent the rest of the time getting my details and telling me about his BMW X5, and how it really needed aligning.  By the end of the week he was booked in and had his alignment done. I wonder if it works when you're out shopping as well!! I don't need much of an excuse. 

                   At the beginning of the week we had a Land Rover Defender 90 in, with the biggest wheels I've seen on one, so big, we had to adapt the alignment targets to get them on the wheels, but after all the extra effort no alignment was needed, as it was spot on.  This is something we really don't mind, so don't be put off.  We will do the alignment check for FREE and there is absolutely NO OBLIGATION for having work done even if it's needed.  We know you'll recommend us to others, and you'll be back next time you want an alignment done, we're sure of that.                              

                  We also had a lovely Quantum kit car in for alignment, and Brad's old driving instructor (as in back in the days he was learning, not the instructor who's old) has been in for tyres and alignment on his Seat Leon FR, if anyone wants driving lessons he's the man (Trinity Driving School 07737 656026). 

Pleased to say that after a couple of weeks where it was pretty quiet, it's back busier than ever.

Post written by Michelle

Land Rover Defender alignment

Land Rover Defender 90 Wheel balanced

BMW X5 Wheel Alignment

 

Quantum Kit Car Alignment

Quantum Kit Car

Blog re-started

I will be trying to keep up with the blog from now on, so hopefully will get some of you following and able to keep up to date with how Bram Racing is doing.

The really exciting news for this week is that our new advert for Ridings FM has started today (Monday) - keep your ears open for it.  We think it's great. As soon as I can work out how, I'll put it on here for you.

Last week was a busy, stressful week. Monday mornings always give the impression the week is going to be a steady one, but by Saturday (or in this case Sunday) we're wondering where our week and indeed weekend went!

  We have decided to get a courtesy car in the fleet, for our customer's convenience.  That way, they don't have to stick around while their car gets an alignment, although many are happy to watch it being done.  Yyou see, most of our customers REALLY love their cars, and they know what we're doing for them is the equivelant to us going on a spa day (ladies anyway) - the car will feel and drive so much better after a Hunter  four wheel alignment, so it's not like dropping it off for an oil change, we look after your car and make it feel like new again, and hopefully save you lots of money by making your tyres last longer.  Anyway, back to the courtesy car.  We have our trusty Polo, never let us down, and we're a bit reluctant to say goodbye, so we're giving it a service, changing the clutch, giving it some new tyres, four wheel aligning it (no excuses really), then giving it a full wrap in our Bram Racing colours.  Hopefully it'll be all ready and looking like new in the next couple of weeks.  A race car it's not, but it will do the job splendidly, and so you should be seeing it in the area soon.

  Our courtesy car being overhauled

Over the course of a week we usually see a particular car make/model more than others, and last week seemed to be the Ford Focus week for some reason.  Wonder what this week will bring?

Over the weekend we've had final accounts to do, which has ensured we haven't really had a weekend, but that's all done now, so we can concentrate on the important stuff again (getting the Tomcat ready for it's first comp safari event in August and getting wheel alignments booked in)

Will check in again next week, unless something really exciting happens before then!

Axle Refurbishment

The axles from the donor vehicle were sold with it but the axle corners were chanded to standard. We now need to refurbish the old axle corners.  This is the state they started out as.

Old Axle

Above - corner removed from the axle.

Below - before the parts were sandblasted and painted

Axle parts before sandblasting

Below - after the corners were sandblasted and painted

Axle after sandblasting/paint

Refurbished axle assembled back together

Re-assembled Axle pic 1Re-assembled Axle pic 2

Below - the radius arm has been powder-coated Radius arm powder-coated

Axle casings

above the axle back from blasting, ready for the panhard rod brackets to be welded on, see below

Axle bracket

Axle with bracket

Still needing a few things cut off, such as the A frame bracket

A frame bracket

A frame bracket 2

Below - Axles back from powder-coaters

Powder-coated axles

The heavy duty diff pan should provide enough protection to the four pin diff

Heavy duty diff pan

Below - Wonder how long it will stay looking this clean?Refurb - Axle

back axle powder-coated with heavy duty diff pan

First fit of the axles under the Tomcat

Axles - first fit

Both axles fitted

Both axles

 

 

New Unit

May 2012

We have now moved to a brand new, shiny, clean unit with workshop.  It has a bigger workshop area, with no leaks, draughts or creaky doors.  We are building a corridor, converting the space into a trade counter to enable customers to collect if they wish.  There's also a shiny new office, so Michelle is more than happy.

All work on the cars had to grind to a hault for about 3 weeks beforehand whilst we packed everything. We moved the cars,  springs were removed and it was dropped onto its bump stops (this was done before the engine went in to check that it didnt foule with anything).  The engine was tacked into place and it was "mobile".  This helped when we were putting it in the lorry. We're all "moved in" now and work can re-commence on the Tomcat.

Bram Racing New Unit

Building a new Tomcat

April 2012

Here we start our new FIA-spec 100" Tomcat build.

Featuring a 3.5 V8 and uprated components designed for the toughest races, rather than a nod towards road usage.

Many of the lessons learnt from the building of a road-ready Tomcat have lead to a speedy initial build of this machine.

The main difference between the builds is that this will be completly dry built, run around the yard, then stripped for powder coating and full refurbishment / replacement of every component.

Removing the 3.5 Rover V8 out of the old car, came out with no proplem just needs jetwashing now!

fia tomcat land rover v8

The chassis is a new Discovery 1 chassis, seen here temporary mounted to its axles.

The engine / gearbox / transfer box combo went in first time with only a little adjustment, and is mounted on custom engine mounts which use SuperPro bushes for strength and resilliance (these are the only bushes we would use or recommend - see our SuperPro page to find out why)

fia tomcat land rover v8

The axles will be all Ashcroft hardened shafts, pegged diffs and held in place with Superpro bushes.

Damping will be with Fox 2.5" remote resevoir shafts all round.

The gearbox is currently a LT77 mounted to a modified ratio transfer box, lightened , locked and low ratio removed for weight reduction.

Next step, whilst the axles are resting on the chassis, is to work out the exhaust system and the cooling system to the rear mounted Discovery 2 radiator, so that they do not catch when the axles start flying about.