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...by 3 Bar Racing Inc.

06 Jan

Dawes Devices: Would you mind posting a link to our News?

Happy New Year!  Here's wishing everyone a safe and prosperous 2016!

If you have a couple min, I'd like to ask a quick favor.  We are trying to spread the word about our MKII Hybrid Boost Controller for petrol (gasoline) applications.  To that end, we put up out a "press release" hoping that a major publication will pick it up.  If I can ask for your help, it would be of assistance if you could post the link on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. feed.  Only if you normally post news about your vehicle and you are comfortable doing so.  I actually get a couple emails a week from people that have told a friend about our stuff, or posted on social media, as a thank you.  It is appreciated more than I could ever convey in an email!  So, thank you in advance, if you are willing to put this link in your feed.


By the way, you can read the release (lots of salesy blah, blah) by clicking the link.  In your feed, it should show a picture with the article headline.  Again, if you can help us out, I would be very grateful.

Thanks and have a great week!

Darren Dawes

3 Bar Racing Inc./Dawes-Devices

12 May

Are You a Dawes Device Installer?

Or would you like to be?  We are currently setting up web pages on dawes-devices.com and 3barracing.com, to list our distributors and installers.  The purpose is to help our customers find shops that will perform their boost controller installation, as well as local distributors.  If you fit currently fit that description (or plan to), please email me at threebarracing@gmail.com and let me know to include your shop!  Please include:

the name of your business

the address (incl country)

phone number and email for customer contact

a link to your landing page (consider using a page that you can track with analytics, so you can see how many people we are sending)

your logo or trademark

...anything else you deem relevant, such as company history, mission statement, favorite beer, etc.

   We'd also like to know if you are willing to assist with a boost controller that a customer purchased directly from us, or if you'd rather they purchase through your shop.  No preference is given in either case, I just want to make sure the customers know what to expect.  All businesses will be listed by the first letter in the business name.  Numbers and the letter "A" don't count, so you can't just call yourself "A1" Boost Controller Install Shop to get at the top ;-)

   For the rest of you who don't have a business, but read this far, here is a discount code to share with your buddies.  Have them enter "10forMay" at checkout, to get 10% off their order, throughout the month of May.  If you need a new boost gauge or maybe want to set up a dual stage system, you too can use this code!  

Thanks for the being a customer of 3 Bar Racing and Dawes Devices!


Darren Dawes

09 May

Upgrade Springs for your Dawes Devices

Hello Customers,

    Just a quick note to let you know that we now have heavy springs available for the Nissan Patrol and VAG Boost Controllers, at our web site (www.dawes-devices.com).  

These are designed to replace the lighter springs shipped prior to November of last year. Although the original springs work as advertised, some customers desired a higher boost level, which meant stretching the spring.  If stretched too far, the life of the spring is reduced.  You can replace it with one of these springs to restore the boost controller and range of the controller.  It also increases the range of the boost controller, even if everything is already working great.

    Installers: upgrade springs are a great opportunity to invite your customer back to the shop and show them that you are looking out for their interests.  One of our installers in Canada just had an "upgrade" day, where they invited customers in for a burger and a chance to look around at their new offerings, while they upgraded their springs.  Don't forget to clean out the valve body when you remove the old spring and ball.  A shot of brake cleaner does the trick.

   If you are unsure which spring you have, it is easy to tell.  The original springs are grey in appearance and the new ones look chromed.  Also, you can squish the old style spring between the thumb and forefinger, but it is very hard to do this with the new ones.

  Last, for those who read this far, we have a weekend discount code for anyone that wants to upgrade springs or even the whole boost controller (we have the New Mark II Hybrid available!) .  That code for 10% off, is "upgrademe".  It can be entered at checkout and is good on everything on the site, through Sunday.

Have a great weekend,

Darren Dawes

3 Bar Racing Inc.

25 Apr

Dawes Devices Gets Schooled by a Customer!

Every once in a while, you have to admit that your customers can teach you things ;-)  This is one of those cases.  Recently, I was schooled by one of my customers, resulting in the introduction of this new product.  First, some back-story is in order:
When I first developed the TDI Boost Controller for VW/Audi applications (later adopted by Nissan Patrol owners), I elected to use the stainless steel ball of our Basic Boost Controller, instead of the more expensive synthetic ball of the Hybrid (we were FIRST in that technology, by the way).  The Hybrid was developed to control the oscillation that sometimes occurs in very small or very large gasoline turbo applications.  But in testing, there did not seem to be any difference between the two, in the TDI application.  That has something to do with it being a diesel, as well as a VNT, and also turbo size.  Too much to get into here, but basically I didn't want to increase the price for something that would not increase performance.  Testing our non-TDI controllers on GM, Cummins, and Ford diesel engines also showed that there was no advantage in using the synthetic ball.  Spool up, spiking, and oscillation, were all fully controlled, with the Basic.  Note, the internal design on the Basic is the same as the TDI, they just have different tips.  Then, the other day, one of our US customers showed us something interesting......
One of the advantages to living in Detroit is that I often get to associate with engineers that work in the auto industry.  These guys have access to test equipment and vehicles that are way beyond anything that we could afford.  However, I often get testing info from them, that I can use in product development.  So, the other day I was shown something interesting.  The customer had a full data recorder connected to his big diesel pickup truck, recording all kinds of stuff like fuel flow, EGT, and boost, in addition to various accelerometers.  He was showing me how on the road, the boost controller performed better than the factory solenoid (of course) with more area under the curve and a more stable peak.  But off road, things were different.  There were cases where the boost suddenly dropped, without a movement corresponding change in the accelerator position.  Then he showed me the accelerometer data, that tracked the vehicle motion.  It seemed that whenever he went over a really rough patch of test road (and if you've every been to Detroit---all the roads are that way!) the boost would fluctuate.  I'll save you the story of four hours of investigation and a sore back and just say that in the end, I determined that the problem occurred if the boost controller was mounted vertically, but not horizontally.  It appeared that the ball was jumping off the seat when the truck hit a big bump.  Now keep in mind that these were BIG jarring bumps.  Like running over curbstones at 45 mph.  If he was driving over sand dunes, or even off road, I'm not sure he would have had the same issue.  Anyway, relative to the spring force, that stainless steel ball has a bit of mass.  I guessed that swapping in the synthetic ball from the Hybrid might help.  Turns out it SOLVED the problem completely.  We tried mounting the controller vertically, both upside down and right side up, sideways, etc.  Then we wailed over the same stretch of road at different speeds and could not reproduce the problem.  Went back to the stainless ball and the problem came back.  So, I sent him on his way, with the Hybrid ball installed.  About an hour ago I got a call from him saying that he reviewed all the data from his trip to the test track yesterday and the problem has been completely solved.  So, it looks like there IS an advantage to the Hybrid, in certain off-road circumstances.  As a result, I'm now offering this as an option for the standard MK II TDI Boost Controller.  If you are an avid off-roader, you may want this advantage.  I should say that no one from the Patrol group has EVER complained about this problem, but if I didn't offer the option, I couldn't sleep at night.  So, although I am certain that you would be satisfied with the standard MK II controller, you now have another option.  Thank you all, for your business and support!
Darren Dawes
3 Bar Racing Inc.