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JASPER is Ready for Racing in 2013!

Brad Keselowski won the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship for Penske Racing. Clint Bowyer finished second for Michael Waltrip Racing. What did these two drivers have in common? Their race cars used components built by the NASCAR Driveline Division of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Keselowski ran a JASPER Differential in 2012, and Bowyer used a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission. Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 16 Wins in 2012, 72 top-five finishes and 134 top-ten finishes. "Everyone was very satisfied with our products in 2012," says Terry DeKemper, JASPER NASCAR Driveline Manager. "We had no issues with any of our components last year and we’re definitely looking forward to 2013, particularly with the new body styles the Cup teams will be using." The Driveline Division has not rested on the laurels of their previous season’s success. Their work has been non-stop in preparation for the new season. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will once again have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer will use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed. Both versions of the transmission utilize an exclusive ‘floating’ input shaft design. "Instead of using a solid shaft going into the clutch and the back of the engine, our patented design uses a splined hub that flexes with the car’s torsional movement," says DeKemper. "Any time the engine and transmission flex together, where the bellhousing absorbs the movement, the floating shaft will flex eliminating a bind up within the internal gears. Through dynamometer testing, this design has shown greater gearbox efficiency." Keselowski, and Penske Racing teammate, Joey Logano, will have their Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with a JASPER Differential for 2013. "When we prepare a differential, we use the same type of components that are available to any team," says DeKemper. "Our assembly process differs for each unit depending on track layout." During the off-season, JASPER has worked with each of the teams to make additional gains in the differential and the transmission. DeKemper says his department’s continuing goal is to repeat the successes of 2012 with no component issues. Another goal is to grow the division. "New teams have been looking," says DeKemper. "We have units currently being tested by a few teams while they prepare at Daytona. You never know where it will lead, but it would be great if we could pick up more teams."

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Propylene glycol is a compound found in what automotive fluid? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What 500 mile, 200 lap, race is known as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing"? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: The "Indianapolis 500" Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Andy K.

Nissan VQ35DE Engine Available From JASPER

NissanEngine Jasper Engines & Transmissions, the nation’s leading remanufacturer of drivetrain components, continues expanding into the import industry. The Nissan VQ35DE, a 3.5L DOHC V6 with variable valve timing (VVT), is available on exchange for the following applications:

  • 2002-2006 Altima
  • 2002-2008 Maxima
  • 2002-2007 Murano
  • 2003-2006 Quest

"This remanufactured JASPER engine includes all timing components with a new water pump, timing chain tensioners and new updated cam chains to correct an upper chain noise issue," says Brad Boeglin, JASPER New Product Development Team Leader. "The pistons have been re-engineered to match original equipment compression ratios, and include a graphite coating on the skirts to prevent dry start-up and piston scuffing." "In addition, JASPER installs 100% new intake camshaft actuators to eliminate any VVT issues," said Boeglin. Every JASPER Remanufactured Engine is subjected to strict, high-quality processes:

  • Disassembly, meticulous inspection and cleaning of components.
  • Precise machining for reliable performance.
  • Head surfaces statistically monitored to assure proper sealing with the block.
  • JASPER’s research and product development ensures inherent problems in OEM design are corrected.
  • Live-Run Testing provides peace of mind and assures reliability.
  • An available Premium Service Plan that offers customers even greater value.

Each engine is covered by JASPER’s 3-Year/100,000 mile nationwide transferable parts and labor warranty. Full warranty disclosure is available on our website or upon request. For more information on the remanufactured gas engines of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 1-800-827-7455.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What 500 mile, 200 lap, race is known as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing"? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which British automaker manufacturers the Evora? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Lotus Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ralph N.

JET Transit Safe Driving Awards

JET Drivers               JET Transit recently awarded Safe Driving Awards to two drivers, each achieving 250,000 Accident-Free Miles. Bobby Faulkenburg (at left) started with JET Transit on September 3, 2010. Wayne Beavin (at right) started with JET Transit on August 2, 2010. Jasper Engines & Transmissions congratulates both drivers for a job well done.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which British automaker manufacturers the Evora? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did the first 24 Hours of Le Mans take place? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1923 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Austin G.

Customer Profile - J.D. Automotive & Truck

From Dover, New Jersey, this Customer Profile focuses on J.D. Automotive & Truck, a full-service automotive and truck repair facility.
 
Shop owner Jim Dodd is the "J.D." in the business name. Jim started his automotive career in a one-bay garage, working nights and weekends. Business was so good, there was up to a one month wait for customers to get an appointment. So in 1994, Jim opened J.D. Automotive at 331 Richards Avenue. He started with three service bays and added two more within two years. Their latest expansion came in 2003. It gave J.D. Automotive & Truck a total of seven service bays and 3,000 square feet of space. The building includes a customer waiting area, a conference/training room and 1,000 square feet of parts inventory. Of the seven employees at J.D. Automotive & Truck, six are ASE-Certified Technicians, including four Master Technicians. The company pays for technical training, and Jim makes it mandatory for his technicians to attend training on a quarterly basis to keep up with the ever-changing automotive landscape.
Today, J.D. Automotive & Truck provides complete service and repair on cars, trucks and recreational vehicles, from oil changes to computer programming. They have the capability to service and repair hydraulic systems and provide custom fabrication and service.
Since the company’s start in 1994, J.D. Automotive & Truck has been an installer of JASPER remanufactured products. "What originally steered me to JASPER was the updating of original equipment and the improvement of common failures," said Jim. "JASPER is the best product in the market and the best warranty available." Often referred to as a dealership alternative, J.D. Automotive & Truck provides customer follow-up after work is completed on their vehicle. This method of customer retention ensures the business provides the best service possible for future maintenance. "We are the only Tri-County shop to receive 100% customer satisfaction for three consecutive years," said Jim. "We want to be the best in the industry, not the biggest."

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In what year did the first 24 Hours of Le Mans take place? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What is the name of the transmission component pictured above? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Valve Body Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Chantal B. - Fullerton, CA

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt                   Friddle: What is the name of the transmission component pictured above? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What year was the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company founded? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1898 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Steve P. - Glenview, IL

Senator Donnelly Visits Jasper Engines & Transmissions

                      Senator Joe Donnelly visited Jasper Engines & Transmissions Tuesday morning as part of his "I Work for You" tour. Senator Donnelly met with JASPER’s CEO Doug Bawel and discussed current political issues regarding employment, healthcare and government spending. Senator Donnelly commented that he has always admired our company and considers us a cornerstone of the Jasper economic community. Upon participating in the 2012 Jasper Strassenfest, Senator Donnelly was invited to return for a visit of the Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Jasper facility. After a press conference, the Senator was given a personal tour of the facility by Bawel. We appreciate Senator Donnelly’s visit and his interest in keeping in touch with the business community.