THE EVOLUTION TO PERTRONIX PERFORMANCE BRANDS
Originally known as Per-Lux, the company was founded in 1962, primarily a manufacturer of driving and fog lights for the heavy-duty truck market. In the early 70's, a Per-Lux engineer developed an electronic ignition system that would replace the points and condenser in distributors. After patenting the product, Per-Lux started manufacturing the Ignitor® with sales and marketing emphasis on the forklift and industrial engine markets. Soon the Ignitor was introduced to the automotive market, offering its superior performance and in 1985 the first replacement electronic distributor was introduced. In 1991, Tom Reh acquired the Ignition Division and PerTronix was born with a total commitment to the ignition market. In the years that followed, the reliable, high quality, competitively priced Ignitor took over the industry with Sales of Over 4 million units to date. The expertise and industry knowledge within PerTronix had the team setting their sights on new product segments and so began the legacy of PerTronix Performance Brands.
With the tremendous growth of the performance industry in the 90's, PerTronix began to shift our emphasis to our automotive product offering. This substantial growth, along with the addition of our Flame-Thrower® coil and spark plug wire product lines made it necessary for PerTronix to expand production and relocate to a brand new 22,000 square foot custom manufacturing facility in 1997. Today, PerTronix is renowned for our Ignitor Series points replacement kits, HEI performance modules, Flame-Thrower HEI, Billet and Cast Distributors, Ignition Coils and Spark Plug Wire sets. Ignitor kit sales have exceeded 4,000,000 units. The recent release of our Innovative Digital HP Ignition Box represents our continued commitment to lead the Ignition Industry.
Land Speed Record Holder and 3 Time America's Most Beautiful Roadster winner, Ermie Immerso, started in the exhaust business in the early 1960's and quickly became an industry leader in the header and exhaust business with the Thunderbird Brand and by building private label product for many iconic industry companies. In 2000, PerTronix entered the Exhaust business by acquiring the company when Ermie decided to retire. PerTronix knowledge of the Performance Industry, combined with Employees with extensive backgrounds in the exhaust business made this seemingly unlikely pairing a well-matched addition. Rebranded as Patriot Exhaust Products, we expanded the product line while strengthening the existing products including Headers, Side Pipes, Exhaust Tips, and the Smithy's Mufflers- the Original Hot Rod Muffler! Patriot continues to be a favorite for owners and top builders of Street Rods, Customs, Pick Up Trucks, and Muscle Cars.
The Original Doug's Headers
Since 1958, the Original Doug's Headers has been an industry leader in the Muscle Car Performance Header business. Top Name Drag Race cars across the nation proudly wore the Doug's Logo and Performance & Truck Enthusiasts followed suit making Doug's a formidable brand in the marketplace. In 2005, Doug decided to retire, and the company became a natural fit for PerTronix alongside our other Performance Brands. Doug's Headers had always prided themselves on fit and quality that were second to none. PerTronix has honored this philosophy over the years, continuing to expand R&D resources to meet the needs of the market and our customers.
JBA PERFORMANCE EXHAUST
JBA is one of the most trusted names in the aftermarket exhaust industry because of our commitment to manufacturing excellence. Our product designs are original, innovative and always deliver. Power, quality, fit, durability, and emissions legality are what we are known for. In 1987, those qualities were not present in the header or exhaust industry, so JBA set out to build our own products to meet the needs of the growing street performance market. Originally developed for the 5.0L Mustang, JBA's replacement Cat4Ward headers were engineered with heavy-duty features, easy installation, a durable design, and emissions legal status that made them an instant hit with automotive enthusiasts across America. As demand grew and emissions regulation increased, we saw the need to broaden our product line to cover most popular GM, Ford, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan and Toyota vehicles. We have applied our manufacturing philosophy and build qualities to our entire product line to offer you the most complete line of quality 50 sate emissions legal exhaust products in the industry. Today we offer a variety of products to meet the demands of the performance enthusiast; JBA Cat4Ward Headers, JBA Performance Exhaust Systems, JBA PowerCables ignition wires and our new line of Long Tube Race Headers, all available direct from this website or through our network of installers, retailers, and mail order performance retailers.
From Ignition to Exhaust and back to Ignition, PerTronix performed a strategic move expanding our Volkswagen & Motorcycle markets in 2015 with the acquisition of the Compu-Fire and Spyke Brands of electrical performance products. Founded in 1993, Compu-Fire quickly became a leader in the Harley Davidson aftermarket for Performance Ignitions, Charging Systems, and High Torque Starters. They soon added Ignition Systems for Air Cooled Volkswagens and expanded into High Output Alternators and Starters as well. Seeing a need for High Output Alternators for the popular Honda Goldwing Motorcycles brought the 90 & 150-AMP alternators and High Performance maintenance free Battery into the mix. Since the mid-1990's Spyke, has been well known in the Harley Davidson aftermarket for innovative Performance Products. Under PerTronix Performance Brands' leadership, Spyke concentrates on High Output Charging Systems, Heavy Duty Starter Drives and Jack Shaft Kits, High Flow Fuel Petcocks, and High Torque Starters, including the game changing Stealth Starter that is the industry's only fully enclosed stylized high torque starter. As Spyke says "If Your're Not the Lead Dog, the View Never Changes".