Taylor Ray

“You have to turn left to go right.” That statement was made famous in the 2006 movie “Cars’, but in the real car world there is a term for that. A “Drifter.” In years gone by that might not sound cool, but in today’s world a drifter means someone who can perfectly put cars into a controlled turning skid, at high speed, while deliberately barbequing the driving tires. You Tube’s, Taylor Ray is a “Drifter” who is definitely a natural at his trade. He makes what many might consider impossible, look easy and manageable; especially behind the wheel of his heavily modified Miata.

GrandPrix Two-Post Lift Taylor Ray

Taylor Ray thrives as a versatile car enthusiast/car builder/car drifter, plus he has a growing list of over 300,000 YouTube subscribers that support his cause. Accordingly, his work days are filled with all types of car projects, engine transplants, and out-of-the-ordinary circle track racing such as the Freedom 500. If you are unfamiliar with the Freedom 500, it is a wild circle track race with a derby vibe and not too many rules. Most of the many dozen cars competing are former Crown Victoria Police Interceptors that are outfitted with roll cages and special race paint (aka any spray paint color from the local Dollar store). None the less, the extremely low-budget race takes no prisoners and the winner is the first to the finish line after many brutal and fender-hitting laps. In other words, the Freedom 500 is a huge blend of fun and racing.

When Taylor Ray is back to work at his home address, his capacious shop lives as a wild marathon with new projects featured on his YouTube channel continuously surfacing. And like the Freedom 500, Taylor Ray’s shop is a blend of fast fun and quick wrenching. Watching this fun and work happen on Taylor Ray’s YouTube channel is simply captivating. Even if you don’t subscribe to the practice of uncommon engine swaps or someone piloting any car in a completely reckless manner, albeit with total control. To build his extraordinary cars he chooses Bendpak auto lifts and shop equipment because of their proven quality and versatility.

Bendpak equipment helps Taylor Ray to perform his work swapping new drivetrains, building roll cages, making general repairs, or preparing a car to compete. Taylor Ray finds equipment like his BendPak XPR-10AS-LP 2-Post lift, air compressor, tire changer, and wheel balancer extremely necessary.

Taylor Ray installs a BendPak XPR-10AS-LP 10,000 lb. 2-post lift

If you check out Taylor Ray’s YouTube channel, you will most likely appreciate his excitement when he unloads and installs his new BendPak auto lift. The core reasons are simple. The lift he chose is BendPak’s XPR-10AS-LP 2-Post lift and it features a sturdy 10,000 lb. lifting capability so it is ready to raise just about any car or truck that Taylor Ray needs to work on. For vehicles that ride low to the ground, Taylor Ray opted for the LP two-stage, low profile lift arms. This way he can easily move the 4 lift arms below lower chassis points to raise vehicles that set closer to the ground. These two features combined, provide an auto lift that is equipped to handle just about any vehicle size that Taylor Ray is working on, or better said “from top to bottom.” Whether it is a drifting Miata, a Crown Victoria, or even a Full-Size one-ton pickup that has a curb weight near 6,500 lbs., Taylor Ray’s Bendpak can handle the load with room to spare. Plus since the XPR-10AS-LP is a 2-Post lift, the design offers full wheels free undercar access for those jobs that require removing, tires, wheels, suspension items or anything that needs the vehicle to be free from wheel-supporting contact.

Plus, BendPak’s XPR-10AS-LP 2-post lift allows a narrow or wide installation, with columns mounted either 137” or 145” apart. This way you can secure the lift in place to best serve the usual size of vehicles you work on. Whichever width you choose, the XPR-10AS-LP’s 2-post lift columns are mounted in an asymmetric position (30-degree rotation) so the sides facing each door are generally positioned to be parallel to each car door when it opens. Thus increasing the side opening areas, while minimizing the opportunity for the column’s corner to contact the door skin. This also allows easier car interior exiting and entry as well. If you have ever had to go back into a car once it has been racked, you can appreciate this feature.

Here are just some of the Benefits that Taylor Ray finds useful on his BendPak XPR-10AS-LP 2-post lift.

  • 10,000 lb. lifting capacity
  • Low Profile, two stage arms (LP-Optional) to clear lower chassis lift points
  • Asymmetric/High Rise design
  • 30-degree rotated single-piece columns
  • Drop-end arms provide a lower pad height
  • Oversized 53” tall carriage for superior strength
  • 4-piece 63 mm stackable adapter set included
  • Wide or narrow drive-thru configuration
  • Versatile drop-in contact pads with stackable adapter pins

Taylor Ray Doubles his pleasure:

Since one XPR-10AS-LP 2-post lift works so well in a shop, why not have a matching set of auto lifts? So Taylor Ray is installing a second BendPak XPR-10AS-LP 2-post lift next to his original XPR-10AS-LP 2-post lift. This way he does not need to work on just one vehicle at a time. Just imagine, you are removing a rear axle assembly from one vehicle and installing it into another. If you have the room for two lifts, you can leave both cars in the air, while you swap major components between vehicles. No more having to leave one vehicle on jack stands and apart as you do a parts swap. This not only makes everything easier, but it also saves on time.

GrandPrix Two-Post Lift Taylor Ray

BendPak’s XPR-10AS-LP 2-Post Lift Auto Lift, Features:

  • Low Profile Arms
  • Telescoping screw pads offer increased versatility
  • Added overhead safety shutoff bar
  • Tru-Metric arm design for versatile arm positions
  • 30-degree rotated single-piece columns
  • Single-point safety release
  • Drop-end arms provide a lower pad height
  • Dual hydraulic direct-drive cylinders
  • Oversized 53” tall carriage for superior strength
  • Electric / hydraulic power system
  • Automatic arm restraints
  • Heavy-duty 1/2” aircraft-quality equalizer cables
  • Oversized cable sheave reduces cable fatigue
  • 4-piece 63 mm stackable adapter set included
  • Triple-telescoping arm design
  • Versatile drop-in contact pads with stackable adapter pins
  • ETL Approved

BendPak’s XPR-10AS-LP 2-Post Auto Lift, Specifications:

  • Asymmetric Lifting Capacity 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kg)
  • Rise 69" (1,753 mm)
  • Rise + Pad Only 73" (1,854 mm)
  • Max. Lifting Height 79" (2,007 mm)
  • Min. Height + Pad 4" (102 mm)
  • Height Overall 145" (3,683 mm)
  • Width Overall 137" (3,480 mm) or 145" (3,683 mm)
  • Outside Columns 133.25" (3,386 mm) or 141.25" (3,590 mm)
  • Inside Columns 106.25" (2,700 mm) or 114.25" (2,903 mm)
  • Drive-Thru Clearance 93.75" (2,382 mm) or 101.75" (2,585 mm)
  • Floor to Top Switch 141" (3,581 mm)
  • Front Arm Reach (MIN) 23.5" (595 mm)
  • Front Arm Reach (MAX) 43.75" (1,110 mm)
  • Rear Arm Reach (MIN) 40.25" (1,024 mm)
  • Rear Arm Reach (MAX) 58" (1,474 mm)
  • Screw Pad Adjustment 2" (51 mm)
  • Max. Load per Arm 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg)
  • Time to Full Rise 45 seconds
  • Noise 45 dB
  • Motor 220 VAC/60 Hz/1 Ph

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Taylor Ray’s YouTube Channel-Thrives on Pressure

Do you have enough air supply? To car builders who spend their days running air tools, the phrase “works well under pressure” is a compliment to pneumatic operation. In other words, good pressure means an ample supply of high-volume air pressure to operate pneumatic tools, shop equipment, and a host of other gear to efficiently and quickly complete jobs on time. The handy supply of 80-gallons of air pressure propelled with a 5 horsepower motor that Taylor Ray relies on is supplied from his BendPak Air Compressor. With so many daily activities that include removing transmissions, swapping wheels and brakes, repairing engines, or supplying air pressure to tire machines, Taylor Ray’s days are filled with using pneumatics 24/7. Like just about anyone in the automotive trade, he lives the life of relying on air tools and compressed air. In other words his BendPak air compressor is always keeping the air supply up to pressure and available.

If you work with air tools, you appreciate having plenty of volume on reserve for those jobs where you are running a ½” impact removing and installing a set of U-bolts that secure a 9-inch housing to leaf springs or other uses. You likely work against the clock and standing around waiting for a compressor to catchup means you are losing flag time. Therefore, large capacity tanks combined with robust maximum air pressure of 175-psi helps you keep pace the moment you need a high-torque impact wrench operating at full power. These are the same features that Taylor Ray relies on when he is busy hustling in his shop performing engine swaps or preparing vehicles for his next drifting episode.

BendPak Air Compressor Taylor Ray

BendPak’s air compressors are well-built and designed to reliably perform over many years. In more detail, BendPak air compressors are available in 5 through 10 horsepower ratings and utilize lower speed compressor operation with a cast iron pump that provides excellent performance with endurance. The efficient RPM operation also means BendPak air compressors run quieter, stay cooler and cost less to operate than many other comparable compressors. The cast iron pump construction is designed to withstand the rigors of daily and frequent use found in most heavy-work garage applications from automotive and body repair to manufacturing and industrial service. BendPak’s air compressors arrive ready to help you get more done in the least amount of time. BendPak’s air compressors keeps the pressure on, wherever you need it.

BendPak’s Air Compressor, General Features:

  • Cast-iron pump and heads are more stable under heavy workloads and do not warp from heat like aluminum cylinders with pressed-in sleeves
  • Pressure switch ensures efficient operation at all times with no wasted energy
  • Dual drive belts require less belt tension resulting in less load on pump bearings, longer belt life and low vibration
  • Oversized ductile iron crankshaft provides extra strength and longer wear
  • Tapered roller main bearings provide full contact and support of the crankshaft and needle-type piston pin bearings properly distribute bearing loads
  • Precision balanced flywheel has forced-air fan blades for optimum compressor cooling and life
  • ASME-rated safety valve protects the compressor from overpressure and safeguards the operator
  • Balanced flywheel and counterbalanced crankshaft provides vibration-free operation
  • Readily accessible disc-valves do not require disassembly of compressor piping for easy accessibility and reduced maintenance cost and downtime
  • Corrosion resistant tubing for coolers, separators and valves for longer life and reduced maintenance
  • High-density, die-cast aluminum alloy rods minimize reciprocating weight
  • Made in USA

BendPak’s Air Compressor, General Specifications:
(See website for model specifics)

  • 80 gallon tank (For even larger needs, BendPak offers a 120-Gallon size tank)
  • Motor: Horsepower 5 HP through 10 HP
  • Voltage 208-230 Volt AC
  • Material Solid Cast Iron
  • Duty Cycle Continuous
  • Max. PSI 175
  • Pump Type Two-Stage
  • Pump Drive Twin Belt Drive
  • Tank: Orientation Vertical
  • Elec. Drain Valve Yes

BendPak’s R76ATR Tire Changer/Tilt Back/Right-Tower Single Assist/30” Capacity

Taylor Ray’s YouTube channel runs full-speed building and drifting some really cool cars. It is no secret though that all of this is really hard on tires. As most car builders understand, taking the time to go to the tire store to swap tires can often turn your schedule upside down. So when Taylor Ray decided that access to his own tire changer would improve his timetable, he chose BendPak’s Ranger R76ATR. With a Ranger R76ATR Tire Changer you can manage your time better and mount tires on your schedule, not the tire stores. Taylor Ray calls his time management improvements like these, “Future Proofing”. In other words, ways to improve efficiency, while not having to outsource predictable automotive operations.

BendPak R76ATR Tire Changer Taylor Ray

The Ranger R76ATR tire changer is easy to operate, and comes equipped with power assist tower tools to help when mounting low-profile performance tires. A large 30” capacity turntable features adjustable, hardened-steel RimGuard wheel clamps. These provide an internal clamping capacity of 9”- 28” and external clamping capacity of 10”- 30”. When your day-planner is as packed as Taylor Ray’s is, you need to find more time where you can capture some extra minutes because often a 24 hour day goes by way too fast.

BendPak’s R76ATR Tire Changer Standard Features:

  • Traveling Drop-Center Hold Down Device
  • Inflation System - Inflation Gauge & Air Dump Valve
  • Inflation Pressure Regulator/Limiter
  • Oiler/Lubricator
  • Air Regulator
  • Bead Tool/Tire Iron
  • Alloy-Steel Mount-Demount Head
  • Nylon Mount-Demount Head
  • Large Soap Bucket
  • Soap Brush

BendPak’s R76ATR Tire Changer Standard Features:

  • BendPak’s R76ATR Tire Changer Specifications:
  • Motor 3 HP (220 VAC 50-60 HZ)
  • Drive System Type Electric/Hydraulic Air Requirement 110-175 PSI (8-12 BAR)
  • Wheel Clamping Method 4 Clamps - Internal/External
  • Table Clamping System Dual Pneumatic Cylinders
  • Bead Breaking System Adjustable Pneumatic Blade
  • Tower Design Tilt-Back
  • Power Assist Tower(s) Single/Right-Side
  • Bead Lifting Roller(s) Single/Right-Side
  • Upper Bead Assist Roller Single/Right-Side
  • Vertical Shaft/Tool Head Pneumatic/Locking Powerful Bead
  • Seating System TurboBlast
  • Internal Rim Clamping Capacity 10” – 30” (254 mm - 762 mm)
  • External Rim Clamping Capacity 9” – 28” (229 mm - 711 mm)
  • Turntable Tire Width Capacity (Mounting) 4” – 18” (102 mm – 457 mm)
  • Bead Breaker Tire Width Capacity (Demounting) 1.5” – 16” (38 mm – 406 mm)
  • Maximum Tire Diameter 43” (1,092 mm)
  • Shipping Weight 970 lbs. (440 kg)

BendPak’s Ranger DST30P Wheel Balancer-Taylor Ray takes one for a spin

Does it drive smoothly? As with any tire install, your next step after mounting is to either rebalance the tires or at least check their balance. Taylor Ray has it all handled start to finish because he opted for BendPak’s Ranger DST30P wheel balancer at the same time that he set up his Ranger tire changer. Taylor Ray did this because he knows that when it is time to balance tires, BendPak’s Ranger DST30P wheel balancer has a smooth solution. The well-designed Ranger DST30P wheel balancer quickly balances most tires in just one-spin and with the least amount of wheel weights.

Ranger DST30P’s exceptional accuracy is based on the use of a 64-tooth magnetic transducer encoder that provides precise wheel weight placements. The larger encoder features precision-cut square teeth to convert rotary position to a digital electronic signal, quickly achieving maximum profile and top-dead-center positioning. A nominal and precise use of balancing weights is especially important on exotic alloy wheels where almost all sides of the rim are visible. Customers with high-end wheels will really appreciate the minimal sight of wheel weights. BendPak’s Ranger DST30P wheel balancer handles jobs of all sizes too including wheels up to 30” in diameter and it will operate on either 110V or 220V. Taylor Ray knows that with a new set of tires installed on rims, he just needs to take them for a quick spin on his BendPak Ranger DST30P wheel balancer, install the weights, and then enjoy the ride.

BendPak’s Ranger DST30P Wheel Balancer, Features:

  • Top positioning weight locator
  • Inside & outside measuring
  • Millimeter/inches selection
  • Ounce/gram selection
  • Manual wheel offset distance setting
  • Self-calibration function
  • Auto start when hood is lowered
  • Wheel holding manual brake pedal
  • Truck cone/spacer ring adapter set
  • Wheel calipers
  • Rear cone mount spring
  • No-mar rear cone mount pressure cup
  • Quick-release & mount hub nut

BendPak’s Ranger DST30P Wheel Balancer, Specifications:

  • Motor 1.5 HP, 110/220V, 50/60 Hz, 1Ph
  • Working Temperature -5°C/27°F - 50°C / 82°F
  • Cycle Time 6 - 9 Seconds (avg.)
  • Balancing Modes Dynamic/Static/3-Alloy
  • Drive System Belt Drive
  • Wheel Braking Automatic/Electronic
  • Cones Included 3 Standard/1 Truck Max.
  • Tire Diameter 50” (1,270 mm)
  • Max. Tire Weight 150 lbs. (68 kg)
  • Wheel Diameter Capacity 8” - 30” (254 mm - 672 mm)
  • Wheel Width Capacity 1.2” - 20” (30 mm - 508 mm)
  • Balancing Increments 0.25 oz. (7 gram)
  • Balancing Speed 180 RPM
  • Accuracy +/- 1 gram (.035 oz.)
  • Resolution 0.01 ounce, 1.4°
  • Shipping Weight 398 lbs. (181 kg)

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