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Industry Insider: A Tour Through Aeromotive Fuel Systems

We take a look at their assembly process and even some of their racecars!

by Pablo Mazlumian

When building a high-powered street or racecar, upgrading the fuel system is an inevitable part of the equation.  Special consideration needs to be taken into account when selecting the fuel components, too, or the engine could end up powerless or, even worse, detonating.  Shoot, with the wrong components it can even catch on fire!

When choosing fuel systems, one needs to consider high quality fuel system components.  Aeromotive, which sits among the leaders of the fuel system industry, fills this niche by offering high quality fuel fittings, adapters, fuel pumps, fuel pressure regulators and fuel filters.  It also sells full replacement fuel systems for select models.  We caught up with Aeromotive at its headquarters to give you a MotoIQ-exclusive tour through its facility in Lenexa, Kansas.

Steve Matusek started Aeromotive Inc in 1994.  He’d left an engineering career, working with the likes of McDonnell Douglas on the famed B2 bomber, to start this dream.  The success of Aeromotive today not only comes from his team’s attention to product detail and Steve’s own engineering know-how, but also from his abilities as a businessman.

 


With over 450 SKU’s, one would think the Aeromotive facility must be massive, but this isn’t so. (photo courtesy of Aeromotive)

When you walk inside the facility, it's actually nothing fancy.  You've got the design and sales team working diligently in autogeek-decorated cubicles, and that's Debbie who answers the phone when you call the main line.

There are a couple of nicer offices for the execs, but other than that what you see is what you get.  Aeromotive simply focuses on getting the best products out, as opposed to spending money needlessly on flash.

 


When you walk past the offices and into the assembly and testing room, you are where the magic happens at Aeromotive.

Manufacturing is based on sales forecast, meaning Aeromotive doesn’t store more inventory than it needs.  While this keeps costs down, it also allows Aeromotive to operate out of a smaller-than-expected facility, further reducing overhead costs.  Everything we see boxed here has been tested, and is expected to be shipped within the next day or so.
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M-P
M-Plink
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:01 AM
Interesting seeing that picture of the liquid filled pressure gauges. As far as I can tell, no one sells these Aeromotive liquid filled gauges and they aren't listed on Aeromotive's website. I'm assuming that means they are either a new product or they are changing their current design from dry to liquid.

What's confusing is that I have always been under the impression that dry pressure gauges are more accurate with temperature fluctuations than liquid filled gauges and that is one reason I put the Aeromotive dry gauge on the RX-7. Has Aeromotive come up with a liquid filled design that is not affected by temperature or did they just determine that the pressure fluctuation due to temperature is insignificant?
Samuel
Samuellink
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:09 AM
The firm’s quality has been good enough for auto giants like Ford, which enlisted Aeromotive to be its OEM builder for the fuel lines found in the very limited COPO Camaros.

Typo here. Chevrolet is making the COPO Camaro.
jpowell442
jpowell442link
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:30 AM
M-P, we are moving to liquid filled gauges for a variety of reasons. Mostly for longevity and durability. Accuracy is an issue as you mentioned. We have always produced "dry" gauges. Liquid filled gauges can give you inaccurate readings with temperature changes. To combat that, we actually designed these with a pressure relief valve on them. So as the liquid inside heats up and expands with rising engine and underhood temperatures, you can relieve the pressure inside the gauge and bring it back to atmospheric pressure. Then, giving you an accurate fuel pressure reading. These new gauges will will start to replace out dry gauges very soon. Look for more information on these from us in the coming weeks.
Pablo Mazlumian
Pablo Mazlumianlink
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:01 AM
thanks for readings guys!
@Samuel, ouch thanks for catching that. Momentary lapse of consecration (and I'm just glad I didn't put Alfa Romeo or something).
Mike D
Mike Dlink
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:45 AM
That Okuma is sexy! I have had the pleasure of using a Multis 7 axis and they are beautiful to work with. Definitely prefer their controllers over the haas Machines.

Other than that, awesome write up. I enjoy when MotoIQ visits manufacturers to give an inside look at them.
M-P
M-Plink
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:20 AM
jpowell442, that's awesome to hear about the pressure relief valve on the liquid filled gauge. Sounds like the new gauges will be the best of both worlds. Thanks for the insight.
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