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Author Topic:   2.3 liter ford rods
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 64
posted February 10, 2003 12:48 AM  
I have noticed folks making reference to different size rods for the 2.3 liter ford motor. Is one better than the other. I have a mustang with stock rods but im unsure of the length. I thought they were 5.20" but I may would go with another length if it is an advantage. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted February 10, 2003 09:34 AM  
i would try 5.7 rods.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 150
posted February 10, 2003 09:17 PM  
well it depends a lot on what your track size is and if it has wide swooping corners or paperclip turns if it is also if you have to stay stock. If you have to stay stock then get some good bolts use what you got. same if you are running on a paper clip track as they get off the corner better. If you have to stay stock and you have a around a 1/4 mile or a little bigger I would go with the 95-97 rod they are 5.497 If you do not have to stay stock than you can go for the longer 5.7 rod. always use new good bolts. Bobby

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 64
posted February 10, 2003 10:43 PM  
Is the difference in rod length taken up in the piston?? I have rods out of a ranger motor that appear to be slightly longer than the rods from the late 70s mustang motor. Does the wrist pin set higher inside the piston on the longer rods is probably a better way to word my question. Thanks again for the advice. BTW I can run either on the track.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 626
posted February 11, 2003 08:06 AM  
yes you have to compinsate in the piston and if it is a 95-97 ranger than they are larger. Bobby

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 64
posted February 11, 2003 08:55 AM  
Thanks for all the info. I think I will go with the 5.7 rods. The only th

Dirt Maniac

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posted February 16, 2003 09:32 PM  
With the longer rods, yes, you gotta have shorter pistons. The rod length difference is made up in the pistons. What the longer rods will do is lighten the reciprocating (?) weight and let your engine rev up and down much faster with an increase in power due to the lightened load of the crankshaft. I think if you check out and look around the site map, under the video notes or something like that, it explains the 2.3 rather well.

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