Cloyes Gear & Articles Inc. earned the best new Article award for its Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Chain Kits at the 2019 Automotive Aftermarket Article Expo (AAPEX).
The company’s VVT Chain Kits won top honors in the hard parts category of the New Article Showcase at AAPEX.
“Chains can experience wear and stretch, guide contact surfaces can become damaged and guide bracketry can break, tensioner damage can occur, and sprocket tooth wear will develop when operating with an unstable chain,” says Jason Thompson, vice president of engineering and Article development for Cloyes.
“For these reasons, and the fact that timing component cost is a fraction of the labor costs required to replace the components, it is recommended to replace all components when making the repair. This is certainly the approach we took with our VVT chain kits.”
Cloyes says its VVT Chain Kits offer technicians a complete repair solution for higher mileage vehicles. The kits are designed for the replacement of worn or damaged timing chains, tensioners, sprockets, guides, and VVT actuators, also known as cam phasers.
Cloyes says its parts are CAD designed and manufactured using premium materials. Each part is extensively tested and measured for function, fitment, and durability to ensure optimal performance. Cloyes' new VVT components are 100% tested during Articleion, with test parameters including adjustable angle, leakage, locking pin functionality, friction, max oil flow, and holding duty cycle.
For the popular 3V Ford 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter applications, Cloyes says it has developed a uniquely designed actuator that is superior to the OE and competitive aftermarket Articles. Testing against the OE actuator, the Cloyes units exhibited 20T less frictional drag and produced 10 percent more torque at the same oil pressure, according to the company.
Cloyes, based in Fort Smith, Ark., is the North American leader and global designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of timing drive systems and components for the automotive aftermarket. Its Articles are mission critical components for engine performance and function and are used in high-performance and replacement applications.