APE Racing Machine Shop in Action
In July ’06 APE moved into their state-of-the-art performance center at the legendary Willow Springs Raceway in eastern Kern County California.
After years on having outgrown the previous facility in Burbank, California, the decision was made to dramatically increase the facility size to take advantage of the rapid growth the company has experienced.
The new purpose-built facility houses a CNC manufacturing wing, as well as sales and warehouse space. This new space has allowed us to increase our personal to offer faster service to the racing community.
Then there is the race track. What can we say about working with the back door open as Porsche is testing the ALS Spyders or Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha or Suzuki is testing their latest racers. All right in our backyard. The race facility has seven different race tracks and there is always something exciting going on.
If you ever make it out to Willow, please do drop in for a visit
APE operates one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities devoted exclusively to racing components for Japanese motorcycles. In the beginning, APE manufactured aerospace parts as their main product line and motorcycle parts were a sideline. The racing products were manufactured to the same precise quality demands as the aerospace parts. This quality soon led to the use of APE products by the top racers world wide. Seven years ago, APE dropped the aerospace product line to devote all of it’s focus on the demand for it’s racing products. Many of the aspects of the aerospace business is now incorporated in the racing parts line. This includes the use of state of the art computerized CNC ( computer numerical control ) machinery.
Using computer-controlled machines, APE is able to produce products with extreme accuracy that racers can depend on. Perfect fit, perfect function. Product cost can also be kept down because of the machine’s accurate production. APE programmers use a sophisticated CAD/CAM system to design products and program the machines to produce them. With this capability, sophisticated parts can me manufactured with no variances.
The Haas VF-OE and VF-2 CNC machining centers feature all of the latest features available in a CNC. The 20 hp machine with an oil mist lubricated spindle allows for very high machining speeds.
Jay Eshbach, APE president states that the company is continually exploring ways to increase production which allows prices to remain unchanged. “I am often asked how we can still sell adjustable cam sprockets and starter plates for the same price we did four years ago? The answer is that we make many more per hour than we did four years ago. This way we can build the necessary increases in net revenue, build higher quality products, without having to charge more for them”.
Our machine shop has always featured high-tech machinery, including HAAS ST10s, ST15, SL10 lathes, and VF series machining centers. These machines are used for all APE’s turning machining including our titanium valve spring retainers. No other company in the motorcycle industry manufactures, in-house, a larger selection of titanium retainers than APE. Besides retainers, the turning centers are also used to make valve seats, cam sprockets, manual cam chain tensioners, clutch hub nuts, wrist pins, and other products
Cylinder head work at APE is done on the latest state-of-the-art equipment. We have facilities to completely rebuild all motorcycle heads. As a manufacturer of high-performance cylinder head components, we have all of the parts in stock: bronze valve guides, stainless steel valves, valve springs, titanium retainers and more. Everything we need to complete your job without waiting on the parts – which slows down most shops.
APE’s super state-of-the-art Serdi cylinder head machine, with triple-float head for the most accurate valve seats possible.
The Serdi uses a multi-angle carbide cutter that has the seat shape ground into it. This ensures that all angles are exactly the same – all seat widths are exactly the same. A perfect valve job.