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Scoot
Member
posted May 20, 2002 10:27 PM
What brand of crank, rods and pistons do you guys recommend using on your street stocks? The motors that I've blown up recently have all used stock stuff. Now I'm going to build my own. I'd love to use the best stuff but my budget just wont allow it. I guess what I'm asking is what is cheapest but best route to go. Competition Products has a Elgin 350 crank for $159.95,and GM rebuilt and Hi Perf. for $109-$199. And Keith Black pistons for $172.95.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
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Flatlander
Member
posted May 21, 2002 06:18 PM
No more than 6400, but I've got another transmission to hopefully drop it to under 5800. Thats my hope anyway.

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Scoot
Smith Racing Team
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charlie_two
Member
posted May 21, 2002 10:39 PM
5800 to 6400 i would run stock rods, with good bolts, i would think keith black pistons, and a gm crank. i ran a motor in my mod all of last season with this set up turning it 7000 easy, ran 30 plus races on it.


BayouGent
Member
posted May 21, 2002 11:15 PM
Having good parts helps, but getting the bottom end of that motor balanced will help it last much longer. For a 350 ci motor see if you can locate a steel crank (came in old chevy schoolbuses and panel vans), a set of stock (preferably "pink" rods), spend the money to get a good set of rod bolts (I believe Summit sells a good set of rods with bolts at a good price), and a decent set of forged pistons (get floating pins and bushed rods if your budget will allow it), and a high volume/high pressure oil pump. The parts you listed are good too. My main recommendation is taking the short block to an engine machine shop and having them balance the rotating assembly. It will make a difference in regards to how long it lasts.


race8k
Member
posted May 22, 2002 02:01 PM
Even more important is having the proper oil clearances on the crank and rods.


3dirtLm
Member
posted May 26, 2002 12:47 PM
I use GM cast cranks and Eagle SIR rods. Check the prices of some of the new rods out there, it's almost cheaper to by new than rebuild some old worn out rods that could have been extremely overheated or possibly bent just slightly. I try not to turn over 6800 but sometimes I run up to 7100.


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