04-07-2021 Inner Circle

04-07-2021 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 04-07-2021 -


We now offer a complete upgraded direct bolt on of the front brake kit. This kit fits all G-body cars including the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals. The kit includes everything you need. Two new 11.6 inch cross drilled and slotted zinc-plated rotors, two single piston powder-coated RED upgraded calipers, 4 carbon fiber ceramic brake pads, and installation kit. We also offer the carbon fiber ceramic brake pads by themselves as a separate part number.

This is one nice upgrade to replace the factory front brake system. This is a direct bolt in kit with nothing else to change or modify. This upgraded front brake kit provides long lasting protection from rust and corrosion.

The carbon fiber ceramic brake pad kits is #7937. The price is $99.95 plus shipping. The complete upgraded front brake kit which includes the 2 new 11.6 inch cross drilled and slotted zinc-plated rotors, two single piston powder-coated RED upgraded calipers, 4 carbon fiber ceramic brake pads, and installation kit is #7938. The price is $499.95 which includes shipping to the basic 48 states. Both versions are currently available from us. If you do not see it on our website yet simply call our office 215-766-1611 to order whichever kit you want.

We will also be offering the single piston Powder Coated RED upgraded calipers by themselves. Watch for updates possibly next week on this additional package deal.

PHOTO 1 - We show both the carbon fiber ceramic front brake pad kit and also the complete front brake upgrade kit. Not pictured is the installation kit that also goes with each kit. These two kits are available.

CLICK HERE - For the link to these front brake kits on our website. Note they may not be on our website until the end of this week. Call the office if you want to order referring to the part number of the kit that you want.


See the Rare Parts section for what models we have available and prices. Only subscribers can see the Rare Parts section. What I found interesting is the single Turbo Trans Am kit was made by AMT and is a 1:25 scale model. The 2-pack features a rare hardtop Turbo Trans Am model and lacks all the factory exterior badging. It is 1:24 scale and made by Monogram. The 2-pack featuring the GNX and the Corvette ZR1 is an interesting comparison. Later the ZR1 Corvette would be compared to the GMC Syclone. I remember when these 2-pack kits were available in K-Mart years ago.

PHOTO 2 - We show both the factory sealed single kits featuring the Turbo Trans Am and the Buick GNX, we have for sale also the two different 2-pack model kits we have available. These are extremely rare to find today still factory sealed in good condition.


This is a project we are quite proud to have been part of. It was several years ago that we shopped this project around to various turbo suppliers that had connections overseas. Matter of fact I had an original pair of aluminum drums on the back of my last test car, the white Turbo-T. Besides the improved appearance you shed a bit over 10lbs of weight. Nobody could pull it off because of the combination of aluminum and steel. Fortunately back then I knew 2 suit and tie guys at Cardone. I presented a very detailed summary about how wide the market would be especially if they did two versions by simply changing the center hole diameter to fit the Chevy 12 bolt rears.

It reminded me of my GTO days. When I was looking at doing the little plastic emergency brake handle that every GTO used 1964-67 I was told the tooling would be five thousand dollars! In the late 1970s investing 5 grand into basically a plastic handle that at most could retail for $15 was out of the question. However I went to my friend's local junk yard (they were called that back then) and quickly discovered that if the handle was threaded it would also fit all the 1964-67 Chevelles which was a huge market. Unfortunately Buick and Olds the handle was not the same. So we did the project.

Back to the aluminum brake drum project they fit a lot of GM cars. The first several years sales were quite disappointing. But like many reproductions once owners become aware of the product either seeing on cars at car shows or facebook or other places sales in recent times for us have picked up.

The quality of these aluminum drums is top notch. Cardone did a super job. They don’t gamble too much into reproduction products related to the older car market at least they didn;t back when I presented my summary of why I thought this was a good idea. Plus they are stocked in their Philadelphia location so I get them rather quickly. Now the new options for front brakes the aluminum drums compliment the rear brakes. Many owners have different wheels on their cars which exposes more of the rear drums and aluminum don’t rust besides the weight saving. Used drums can be a gamble because until you get them turned they may not have enough meat on them.

PHOTO 3 - We show from our website photos of the 10 and 12 bolt drums. To my knowledge no matter where they buy them Cardone is the only company that has reproduced them. Part #7716 is the 10 bolt for the Turbo Regal models.


It is a well known fact among dealers and buyers that Honda has a stellar reputation for building vehicles that can easily go well over 150,000 miles. I own a 2003 Civic manual shift with over 220,000 miles on it. It is absolutely like new inside and out. This Honda Ridgeline is a “Kirban Quality''. Honda Ridgeline is a very desirable model and hard to find in this pristine condition. By “Kirban Quality” I mean the exterior, interior, engine bay is in remarkable condition. You can easily tell this Honda Ridgeline has excellent care throughout its life. The factory VIN decal is on every panel and I can't detect any evidence of any paint work. Grey leather interior and well optioned with a locking back cover, trailer hitch, pewter blue exterior against grey leather interior. The Ridgeline has bluetooth and DVD player with screens in both headrests for back seat riders. Four wheel drive 3.5 V6 powered. Has 163,000 miles. Asking $10,795. The country dealership I do some work with and hold a license with has this currently for sale. I can provide more photos simply email me [email protected]

PHOTO 4 - We show 4 various photos of this 2008 Honda Ridgeline top of the line model.


This is another part that in recent months has become increasingly hard to get. Our supplier has a number of these available. Our part #7441. The price is $189.95. Our supplier has the STAINLESS sending units not the steel ones. I have no idea if the company that makes them has plans to make any more. You do have to reuse some of your original parts. In this business you never know. Look at the factory 1986-1987 heater water valve. No company that I am aware has reproduced the original heater water metal valve. The 4 unique molded heater hoses that go in that same general area I have to get them from two different sources as neither source for whatever reason, has all 3 of the different hoses. (The kit takes 2 of one version of the same molded hose). Each day brings more supply issues. Delays in shipments have become the new norm. Age increases the lack of availability of the various parts, but on the plus side it also increases the value of your Turbo Regal. This is something you probably have to remind your spouse each time you use your credit card at Kirban Performance or one of the many other Turbo Regal suppliers you buy from.


I have just a few sets of the popular Pypes dual exhaust systems. This is the 2 ½ format. The price is $629.95. Part number #6996. Once I sell out of in stock inventory they will not have more systems available until possibly June. We also have several of the Cold Case radiators available. Part #7457 the price is $419.95. One of the most popular items we sell is the grey interior paint. Our part number 6822. The cost is $19.95 a can. Remember interior plastic parts can gradually fade each year. It is also the correct grey to repaint the steering column.


We found a source that has located about 20 pairs of original brand new rear springs for the Turbo Regal. They also have available upgraded front springs specifically for the Turbo Regal. The rear springs being original factory GM is limited to about 20 pairs. However, since the rear springs are factory original and only about 20 pairs are available you can call our office and reserve a set of the rears. The price is $119.95/set plus shipping. The fronts currently will not be a supply issue. The price for the front springs will be $169.95/pair plus shipping. To reserve either a front or a rear set or both contact our office. I think it's amazing that this source even has that many original rear spring sets available. Office number is 215-766-1611.


I still have a few left of the GNX magazine articles in color and the GNX proposal information. See the Rare Parts section for prices. Remember quantity on these two remaining booklets is limited.


Our goal is to add several new Turbo Regal parts each week to expand our product line. Coming soon a nice compact upgraded front brake set up that is a direct bolt on. A welcome upgrade to increase stopping ability no matter what brake system you have.


I recently spotted a 1991-1994 Alfa Romeo convertible for sale. I do not know the exact year. Very solid looking car Pennsylvania inspected. The popular red color exterior. Top looks fairly new. The tan/beige interior needs to be redone. I have yet to reach the owner.

Also a used car dealer near me has a 1983 SL 380 Mercedes coupe for sale. The car has the removable hardtop on it. Car has 118,000 miles on it. The price is $11,995. Body and paint is extremely nice as is the interior. Light beige with a dark brown interior. The car is not inspected and needs a muffler. The car has an aftermarket radio. I know for a fact they have had this car for sale for several months so the price may have some wiggle room.

If either of these perk your interest email me direct [email protected] I will see what more information I can find out. I do have photos of both cars.


The Turbo Trans Am are still available. I have more photos available of the Turbo Trans Am and can provide the email address for the seller of the Turbo Trans Am. He only wants serious buyers. The price is $26,495 OBO. Car is located in the midwest. Email me [email protected] if you want to see pictures.


All 4 are still available. The 1986 blue T-Type and the 1987 Grand National he purchased brand new. He is the 3rd owner of the white 1987 Turbo-T. The Syclone he also purchased was brand new. These vehicles are located in Tennessee. The light blue 1986 T-Type is $25,000 OBO. The 1987 Grand National has the rare factory astro roof and has been repainted Corvette red. It is priced at $20,000 OBO. The white 1987 Turbo-T is $25,000 OBO. The Syclone has about 9,500 miles on it. It is priced at $44,900 OBO. See past Inner circle for more details on these vehicles. For more photos and to reach the seller email me direct [email protected]


I refer to them as features rather than just options because some of the rare parts are not considered options. One example, would be the radio delete would not be an option, but rather a feature. I had a Turbo Regal years ago with the window sticker. The window sticker showed a radio delete with a power antenna. One of the most asked questions I see on Facebook and owners email me is how rare such and such an option is. Having sold over 225 of these cars and been to virtually GS Nationals since 1988 I have a pretty good sense of what would be rare.

It is unfortunate the Buick never kept accurate records that I am aware of that would have recorded this information related specifically to the Turbo Regal models. Buick just lumped everything together under the Regal model. When I was writing my first book I had a direct phone line to a person in Flint that had access to various production figures related to the Turbo Regal. But those figures covered the entire production of the Regal.

I remember having the number of Regals that got the T-Top option. It is safe to assume most of the Regal models that got T-Tops would be Turbo Regal models. The customer base for the V6 and V8 Regals was an older crowd so finding a regular Regal with T-Tops that would be quite rare in my opinion. Adding to the confusion is some dealers had aftermarket T-Tops installed on Turbo Regals to increase their profit margins. Locating various parts for those modifications today would be extremely difficult as the T-Tops were a different size and the interior trim around them was vastly different. The Corvette owners have access to many sources that break down every option and production figure for virtually every year the Corvette was made.

Here are my thoughts on what would be the top 3 rare options. In 3rd place would be the electroluminescent coach lamps code C93 which was a $102 option only in 1987 as it was offered on the Limited Turbo models only. Taking second place in my opinion would be the very rare extra thick padded landau roof CB4 which was $260. Again only offered in 1987. The standard padded roof was a $200 option. Over the years I have only seen one Turbo Regal with the unique thicker padded landau roof option. Taking the number one spot for rare options and one I have never ever seen is code D83 with a price tag of only $200 additional. You could have gotten any Turbo model painted in any other available GM color except the Grand National.

That means you could have gotten a WE4 which came with a black exterior in any other color in the GM line up for 1987. I have never seen a Turbo Regal that was a factory paint in another color. So, if you ever see a trunk ID label and the code listed is D83 you hit the Turbo Regal lottery for an extremely rare car. The code is for a solid color; they did not offer a two tone combination. A few other examples of rare features or options that I have owned over the years would be a Grand National with no tilt, a Limited model with crank windows instead of power windows. It was quite common for cars that went down south to not have the rear window defogger.

GM has offered the solid color paint option for many years. Not sure if they still offer it today. If they do I am certain it would run more than $200. I have no idea if Ford or Chrysler also offered this option to its customers. I have seen Regals with the AC delete which is quite rare but not available in the Turbo Regal models. I remember years ago residents of Hawaii for example could order certain vehicles with the heater delete. Not something buyers in Minnesota would go for! I am not sure if any car companies offer that today or not.


WANTED TO BUY: AFTERMARKET NOS (New Old Stock) NOT used. Buick Turbo Regal Performance Parts from 1987 to 2003. Brand new in the original box or packaging. I am looking for NOS original ATR from Fair Play, SC. Staged double pumper fuel system, liquid intercooler system, adjustable fuel pressure regulator, 7 quart high capacity oil pan, black cast aluminum deep transmission pan, Black Beauties 8MM turbo Ignition wires, Bilstein front & rear (complete set) gas shock absorbers. Art Carr deep transmission pan. I am a CASH buyer. Please call or email and leave a message. All calls and emails will be returned. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You 2 of 4.


40th GS NATIONALS - Bowling Green, Kentucky
May 12-15, 2021

The 40th GS Nationals will be held May 12th thru 15th 2021 at Beach Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky. In recent previous years the annual event was held in the fall. This year marks the 40th year! For up to date info, go to their website site www.gsnationals.com


Be sure to check ebay every week or so as we post parts under both Kirban Performance and Kirban Enterprises. You never know what will be posted from us.


We will only post any new additions to avoid confusion. Refer to previous inner circle emails to see the entire list.


If you have an idea or tip or a product idea, send it to my email [email protected]


According to some of our suppliers they are still experiencing shortages and delays in getting material for certain parts. I am sure we are not the only vendor having these issues. We all have experienced how the mail system of timely delivery of priority mail and packages has gotten worse in recent months.


If you are returning any cores or products, it is important that you send them to the correct address.


We discovered that FedEx will not forward any packages that are sent to the old PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside or send them back to the shipper. They refuse to forward and say that we should notify the shipper. In most cases, we have no idea when we are getting packages shipped back to us.

If you have any cores that are being sent back to us, be sure to use the correct address, especially if you use FedEx. Otherwise, we may not receive your package or it may be sent back to you.

CLICK HERE - For the link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings.


In order for our Inner Circle members to have an equal opportunity on the Rare Parts, no emails regarding orders on rare parts will be honored prior to 3 pm Wednesday. This way Inner Circle members get the opportunity first to purchase any of the rare items that may be pictured in the main body of the Inner Circle which may go on our website earlier in the day each week. Inner Circle members are the ONLY people that get to see the Rare Parts listing and see the prices.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

STEERING WHEEL CORES. Currently we need good 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering cores. They must be straight and not have rusted spokes. We will issue a Letter of Credit of $100 for each acceptable core. You must email me [email protected] a photo first to make sure the steering wheel is acceptable.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. If you include the turbo pedal, add $10. You would receive a $160 Letter of Credit. To avoid having your core not accepted, you MUST first email me a photo of the core you plan to send in - [email protected] - We will NOT accept any cores that have severe rust issues or have been disassembled. Core must have the brake switch and brake bowl reservoir. Too many of the cores we have been getting are in such terrible shape they are worthless to us.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $175 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. We need cores now.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number.

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –


Good news - We now accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need to be specifically Turbo Regal related. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run - 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.
We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle reaches over 3,500 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,400 potential buyers.

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear that next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to - [email protected]

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611.


If you are not able to see the Buick Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday afternoon. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. To subscribe simply email – [email protected] - to get our free weekly Inner Circle email.

The Buick Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe. Subscription is free, so complaints on what I write are nonexistent!


NOTE - If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go through.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]


If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] - rather than call us. We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.


1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

This plastic power steering reservoir has been reproduced exactly like the original. It is unique for only the 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals. The lettering on the cap is hand-painted in white.

Originals are prone to cracking or the inlet and outlet orifice can easily get broken.

Very few sources sell it with the hand-painted lettering on the white cap, as shown in the photos.
A must-have part to have as a spare.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7378 Rebuilt Power Steering Pump, #7612 Reproduction Power Steering Pressure Hose from Hydro-Boost to Pump, #7414 Reproduction Stainless Steel Power Steering Line, #7380 Rebuilt Power Steering Gear Box, and #7574 Upgraded Used Lower Steering Shaft.

Another excellent replacement for any engine restoration.

7936 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Reproduction Plastic Power Steering Reservoir with Hand-Painted Cap - $189.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this Power Steering Reservoir on our website.

1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -

This reproduction header panel is made to factory specifications for fit. It does not have the emblem mounting hole. The material is the same as the original. SMC is both a process and reinforced composite material.

The header panel is in primer and ready to be painted and installed.

We recommend the header panel be test fitted prior to painting and installation. Minor modifications (including elongating mounting holes and adding shims) are normal and may be needed during installation.

It is important to note that hard driving can twist frames and bodies out of original tolerances. Also, previous accidents or damage can cause fitment problems with installation.

NOTE - Do to its size and the special packing required, shipping and handling is calculated to be $150 to the 48 contiguous states. Canada and other locations must call our office for shipping rates - 215-766-1611.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #7215 Reproduction BLACK Grille, #7239 Reproduction CHROME-plated Plastic Grille, #7222 Reproduction Black Headlight Bezels, #7238 Reproduction CHROME-plated Plastic Headlight Bezels, #7436 Reproduction Marker Lights, #7092 Reproduction Front Grille Springs, #7438 Reproduction GM-style FRONT Bumper Filler Panels, and #7530 Upgraded H4 Headlights (4) Kit.

This is an excellent reproduction for any exterior restoration.

7929 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models) -
Reproduction Header Panel - $489.95 plus $150 shipping to the 48 contiguous states - $639.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this header panel on our website.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

We have a source that rebuilds the unique power steering pump that was used on the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals.

These are rebuilt to meet or exceed OE specifications. They only use premium-grade heavy-duty seals for longer life.

They are 100% performance tested to ensure quality.

Pump comes with a Manufacturer’s One-year Warranty.

Because these are unique and rebuilt we have a core charge of $25, which is included in the price. The core charge will be refunded to you once we receive your original correct steering pump.

NOTE - You may also be interested in these related parts - #6943 Reproduction Power Steering Pressure Hose, #7380 Rebuilt Power Steering Gear Box, #7414 Reproduction Stainless Steel Power Steering Line, and #7649 Power Steering Return Hose..

Another excellent replacement part.

7378 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -
Rebuilt Power Steering Pump - $104.95 plus a $25 Refundable Core Charge - $129.95

CLICK HERE - For the link to this power steering pump on our website.


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [email protected]


Got any Turbo Buick parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. We also may buy your new or used parts. Simply email me a list - [email protected]

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.


We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer. If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.

You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be used if you are using the current version.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these must be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - [email protected]


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me directly - [email protected] - and I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.


URGENT REQUEST - Please, if you have any original 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos, cash them in with us for the $175 Letter of Credit. This helps us help our customers obtain the rebuilt turbo they need for their car.