Changing the game in lightweight performance steering
IDIDIT Performance introduces the Pro-Lite Builder Column & Billet Column Drops.
TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: Calling all chassis builders! IDIDIT Performance has launched two new products for the street performance, off-road, rock crawling and racing industries that make it simple to improve steering and shed weight at the same time, all while maintaining street legality.
The Pro-Lite Builder steering column is lightweight (6.1 pounds), has 5 inches of collapsibility and is equipped with a self-canceling electronic turn signal switch and four-way hazards. It comes standard with a six-bolt IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub that is certified to SFI specification 42.1.
And, even though it’s lightweight, the stylish Pro-Lite column doesn’t skimp on safety—it comes equipped with a two-piece collapsible shaft.
“The secret to this column is that most of the steering shaft is a hard-anodized aluminum top-shaft with a GM-style spline and turn signal switch,” reveals Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT Performance. “A ball bearing top bearing and Delrin bushing at the bottom of the column assure long life and smooth steering.”
IDIDIT also offers an optional upgrade for the column that includes a momentary switch on the turn signal stalk. This upgrade can be used for horn, nitrous purge, trans brake, or high beams/flash to pass.
Complementing the Builder Column are IDIDIT Performance Billet Column Drop Kits. Machined from a single piece of 6061 aluminum billet and anodized black, they come equipped with stainless steel hardware and a machined Delrin spacer to work with 1-3/4- or 1-5/8-inch under-dash mounts.
Billet Column Drops are available in 3-, 5.5- and 8-inch lengths. Like all IDIDIT Performance products, the Pro-Lite Builder Column and Billet Column Drops are proudly made in the USA.
The Builder Column is particularly suited for drag race, autocross, road course and off-road applications, as well as tube-chassis vehicles. The Motorsport Drops are great for vehicles with roll cages or where factory mounting has been removed or modified.
Pair the Pro-Lite Builder Column and Billet Column Drops with a quick-release steering hub, steering wheel adaptor and/or momentary pushbutton option for package sale opportunities.
Visit www.ididit.com for more information
Beautiful Vehicles Help Send Summer Off in Style
The annual IDIDIT Car Show & Open House welcomed 367 registered participants for a day of fun in the sun.
TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: With bright sunlight glinting off deeply waxed finishes and families enjoying beautiful vehicles and a trip down memory lane, the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House lived up to its sterling reputation as Michigan’s premier end-of-summer celebration of the hot-rodding lifestyle.
The event welcomed 367 registered vehicles—and dozens more that didn’t register—to IDIDIT’s Tecumseh headquarters for a day of classic car appreciation that included facility tours, vendor displays, food trucks and a live DJ. Celebrity guests, a charity raffle and, of course, plenty of awards made the 28th edition of the event one to remember.
“We want to thank everyone who joined us for the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “From the weather, to the atmosphere, to the amazing cars and trucks, this annual party is a perfect example of why we all love this industry.”
Last year was the first time the car show was open to all makes, models and years, including the classics of yesterday and today. New this year was an appearance by TV celebrity Brother JD from Wrench Wars, who was on hand to present the inaugural Best Garage Build trophy to an exceptional 1950 Ford Coupe owned by Jim Brewer of Pinckney, Michigan.
Other award winners included:
Street Rod 1948-older – 1936 Plymouth Coupe / Owner – Dave Mason
Car 1949-’64 – 1950 Ford Convertible / Owner – Bob Sharp, Britton, Michigan
Car 1965-’79 – 1969 Ford Mustang / Owner – Douglas Britton, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Car 1980-Newer – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro / Owner – Max Donner, Holland, Michigan
Truck 1948-’66 – 1953 Chevy Pickup / Owner – Sherri Kapp, Manchester, Michigan
Truck 1967-’87 – 1971 GMC 4x4 Super Custom / Owner – Larry Hauser, Blissfield, Michigan
Truck 1988-Newer – 2001 Chevrolet S-10 / Owner – Byron Crone Jr., Onsted, Michigan
Founders Choice – 1958 Jaguar XK150 / Owner – Keith Rider, Millbury, Ohio (Chosen by IDIDIT founders Ken & Jane Callison
And the winning wasn’t limited to the car show. Michele Buku of Adrian, Michigan, won a customized golf cart featuring an IDIDIT steering column as part of a charity raffle to benefit the Lenawee Humane Society. Second-place winner Kyla Scott, also of Adrian, won $500 in the raffle.
This year’s pre-show T-Shirt Design Contest was won by Payton Melton of Lenawee Christian High School in Adrian, Michigan. Her 1950s automotive style-influenced design could be found on event signage as well as the T-shirts.
IDIDIT began holding its annual Open House & Car Show in 1991 as a way to celebrate the hot-rodding lifestyle and allow owners to get their vehicles to one last show before winter arrived.
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Winning Car Show T-Shirt Design Inspired by the 1950s
Payton Melton’s artwork will serve as the official logo of IDIDIT’s annual Open House.
Payton Melton may have just recently graduated from Lenawee Christian High School in Adrian, Michigan, but she’s always been influenced by 1950s automotive style. A talented artist, Payton was able to capture that nostalgic feel in the winning entry of the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House T-Shirt Design Contest.
An end-of-summer tradition dating back to 1991, the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House is set for Sept 14 at the company’s Tecumseh headquarters. The event includes an all-vehicles-welcome car show, as well as facility tours, vendor displays, food trucks and more.
“I was really inspired by ’50s-style cars and retro design,” Payton said of her entry, featuring a finned coupe parked beneath a classic IDIDIT sign. “That gave me the inspiration for my design. I have always loved the ’50s and the style that came with it, so this was an opportunity to create something with that style.”
Payton lives in Adrian with her parents, Todd and Noelle, and five siblings. She will be attending Huntington University in the fall, studying Children’s Ministry and minoring in Studio Art. Her winning submission earned her a $1,500 scholarship to help with college expenses.
Meanwhile, Open House attendees will be greeted by her artwork on signage and T-shirts while they take in the car show and other festivities. Open to any show-worthy vehicle regardless of year, make or model, the popular gathering celebrates car culture in all its forms, offering a family atmosphere in which to enjoy classic vehicles of yesterday and today.
“It’s our pleasure to host some of the most beautiful cars and trucks from throughout the Great Lakes region at our annual Car Show & Open House, and Payton’s beautiful design just adds to the excitement” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “This industry is something to celebrate, and we invite all of our neighbors and friends to come share in the fun.”
The daylong event includes facility tours, a vendor tent, food trucks and a live DJ. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the food drive, and the Lenawee Humane Society will raffle a custom golf cart featuring an IDIDIT steering column.
In the display area, car owners will compete for one-of-a-kind trophies made in-house by IDIDIT craftspeople in nine categories:
- 1948-Older Street Rod
- 1949-’64 Car
- 1965-’79 Car
- 1980-Newer Car
- 1948-’66 Truck
- 1967-’87 Truck
- 1988-Newer Truck
- Founder’s Choice
- Best Garage Build
Best Garage Build is a new category designed to celebrate car owners who performed restoration and rebuild work on their own. TV celebrity Brother JD from Wrench Wars will be on hand to present the inaugural Best Garage Build trophy, and vehicles can be entered in the Founder’s Choice and/or Best Garage Build categories, as well as their appropriate vehicle year category. Additionally, Founder’s Choice has been added as a category, which replaces the Best Restoration category from previous years. IDIDIT founders Ken and Jane Callison will award the winner of Founder’s Choice during this year’s Car Show.
STEERING FAST CIVICS TO WEIGHT SAVINGS
Presenting competition Pro-Fab Lightweight Column for 1988-’91 Honda Civic & CRX applications.
Fast Civics need steering dynamics that can keep pace with their nimble performance on the track. Introducing the IDIDIT Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column for 1988-’91 Honda Civic (EF) and CRX applications.
The ultra-lightweight race column weighs as little as 3 pounds, a significant weight savings over the factory column when equipped with a lightweight, quick-release steering hub and steering wheel. The Pro-Fab slides directly in place of the factory column and bolts directly to the factory mounting points and factory steering shaft.
“The IDIDIT Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column is ideal for Honda drag race, autocross, road course and off-road racing applications, offering the safety and performance drivers need to get the most from their 1989-’91 Civic or CRX,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “Offering previously untapped weight savings in an extremely rigid steering shaft, it is proudly made in the USA using precision laser cut and CNC machined components.”
The column comes equipped with an extended shaft that lets the installer trim to length and pair with an IDIDIT Performance quick-release steering hub and aftermarket steering wheel of their choosing, to tailor-fit the column to their needs.
Additional features include:
- Precision laser-cut tubing & brackets for superior fit & finish
- Sealed upper ball bearing and Delrin lower bushing for smooth operation after years of abuse
- Ultra-light aluminum tubing & brackets
- Customizable for driver fit
- Available in brushed aluminum finish
The Performance Pro-Fab Lightweight Steering Column is designed to work with IDIDIT Performance 3/4-inch Smooth quick-release steering hubs:
- 5-bolt 3/4-inch Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000015
- 6-bolt 3/4-inch Smooth Kit P/N: 5010000018
IDIDIT Performance also makes aluminum mounts for aftermarket dashes from Racepak, AEM, FuelTech USA, Holley Performance Products, AiM Tech and others.
A Competition Column for Mazda Miatas
IDIDIT Performance’s newest addition to its Pro-Fab line for 1990-2005 Miata (NA & NB) applications gives racers a new way to save weight.
Highly popular in road racing and autocross, the Miata has proven to be a light, yet tough, option for builders and racers. The new IDIDIT Pro-Fab Miata column shaves an additional 16-pounds off an already-light vehicle, which provides an advantage on the track and an opportunity to install other aftermarket products that builders may have been weary about due to weight worries.
Suitable for drag, autocross, road and off-road racing, the ultra-lightweight column weighs just 2.65 pounds. When paired with an IDIDIT Performance Quick-Release Steering Hub and aftermarket lightweight steering wheel, the 4.05-pound combination offers a 16-pound weight savings over the 20-pound factory column.
The Pro-Fab slides directly in place of the factory column and bolts to the OEM mounting points and steering shaft. It comes equipped with an extended shaft that allows the installer to trim the column to best fit the driver. Pairing with an IDIDIT Performance Quick-Release Steering Hub adds further adaption to the race car.
"The Pro-Fab Column for the 1990-2005 Mazda Miata is the lightest column we've ever made,” Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT said. “With laser-cut tubing and brackets, TiG welds and a brushed aluminum finish – it’s a true testament to the level of research, development and design we put in to new products. The Pro-Fab columns are purpose-built to provide drivers with a new, rigid, steering solution for race applications. And it since it bolts in using factory mounts and no other modifications are needed, installation is simpler than most think.”
Proudly made in the USA with precision laser-cut tubing and brackets, the column features sealed upper ball bearings and Delrin lower bushings for years of smooth operation, and comes with a brushed aluminum finish.
Included in the box are options to retain the factory keyed ignition switch, factory self-canceling turn signals and multifunction switch on the column, as well as to retain the column shroud to keep a stock appearance.
IDIDIT Performance also makes aluminum mounts for aftermarket dashes offered by Racepak, AEM, FuelTech, AIM, Holley Performance Products and others that work with the IDIDIT Pro-Fab column. Visit www.IDIDIT.com for more information.