Building a showstopping lowrider is one thing, but navigating your prized possession through the streets is a whole different responsibility. Seriously, what good is a car that you can barely drive?

This product section here is dedicated to keeping you in control, so get your lowrider in gear by starting off with show-quality, automatic transmission column shifters from Lokar Performance Products! Not only is it as good as it looks, but the installation process is just as clean and simple.

The Lokar Column Shift Billet Linkage Kit (PN ACA-1800) shown here is fabricated from billet aluminum or steel (depending on application) and the units are also adjustable. Included in all kits are all the hardware needed, including column bushings and adjustable-to-size-required rod ends.

The LOKAR Adjustable Column Shift Linkage Kit (PN ACA- 1800 ) fits the following transmissions: GM TH350, TH400, 700-R4, TH200, TH200-4R, 4L60, 4L60E, 4L80E, and 6L80E, excludes Powerglide.

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Installation

Installing Lokar’s billet linkage from your transmission to your steering column is simple. Here’s a breakdown of the major steps involved, and if you have any questions you can always call their customer service line.

1. Set the parking brake and chock your tires to avoid accidental movement of the vehicle. The Lokar column shift linkage (connecting rod) is universal and designed to be cut to fit individual applications. The identical rod end design allows the hex connector to attach to the trans or column (for optimum clearance). Just remove all existing linkage from your transmission selector shaft and column.

2. Rotate the trans selector shaft clockwise into the Park position. Put column shifter into the Park position.

3. Place the splined bushing onto the trans selector shaft, making sure flats in splined bushing slide over flats on trans selector shaft. Then slide the aluminum arm over the splined bushing while in the 8 o’clock position (Park).

4. Positioning of the swivel rod-end mounting bolt into aluminum arm slot will be dependent upon the column distance between gears.

5. Then bolt the swivel rod end onto the column with the washers and spacers provided. You can fit (cut and/or bend) the stainless rod starting at the column rod end to trans rod end.

6. Adjust the length of the stainless rod by cutting the unthreaded end with a hacksaw. Insert stainless steel rod into adjustable hex connector and tighten setscrews with an Allen wrench only tight enough to mark stainless steel rod.

7. After final adjustment, remove the stainless steel rod and grind a small flat spot on the marked rod. This will help maintain position of the shaft. During the final installation of setscrews, we recommend a thread-locking compound on setscrews.

8. Just like that, you can kick your ride into cruising gear with a cool Billet-style Column linkage from Lokar Performance Products.

To add even more style, you can always opt for a billet aluminum dash insert and matching interior accessories-all polished to a head-turning shine. When it’s time to step on the gas, Lokar has you covered with throttle assemblies and cable mounting carburetor brackets.

But that’s not all. They also have oval design taillights, hood and trunk cable releases, and steering column accessories. But there’s more, so be sure to visit them online to see a complete catalog of all their parts, which are built in the United States with quality and timeless style.

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Axalta Paint Tip of the Month

Acquire Plus EFX Color Matching with a Camera

This month’s Axalta Coating Systems Paint Tip of the Month is about paint color matching with advanced optical technology.

Axalta’s Acquire Plus EFX is an advanced, handheld spectrophotometer designed to help you achieve the most accurate color match possible, even for complicated metallic pearl and effect colors, faster and easier than ever before. Its advanced optic technology looks deep into the paint film to acquire the flake and color characteristics that are the keys to determining the best color match. And it’s so fast and easy to use that it can make color matching feel almost automatic.

What’s In The Box:

Reads color and flake characteristics to help you get both dimensions of accurate color match at once.

The color touch-screen was designed to be super easy to navigate and use.

Calibration is required once a month, not once a week, and there’s no black trap calibration necessary, so it should be much quicker and easier than other methods.

It is designed to select the best formula when more than one is available, to ensure the best match possible.

Can store up to 999 readings in its large memory.

If no paint code is available, it is designed to scan the entire database to find the best formula, to reduce shading time to a minimum. Once the Axalta EFX Camera reads the
paint color you are trying to match, you simply plug the camera into the computer and put your paint manufacturer info into the system. What this does is give you the ability to see the actual color and variant chips on the color screen before you even make the color.

For more Information on obtaining the Aquire Plus EFX Camera or any other technical advice, please feel free to contact Axalta product specialist steven.c.chaparro@axaltacs.com.