posted October 31, 2004 02:50 PM
My personal choice for cranks is the following.
The Bryant cranks are usually out of the price range for the average weekly racer. However they are the absolute best on the market, and I have NEVER seen a cracked or broken Bryant.
I think the Callies is your best "bang for the buck". All Callies cranks are made from the same material, from the Dragon Slayer to the XLS cranks. They are all run through the same processes, the only difference being the finish work (counter weight profiling, gun drilling, etc.) Callies induction hardens their cranks. This is beneficial to anyone who may have a problem and need the crank to be ground. The induction hardening process goes .030" deep into each main and rod journal. This will allow you to grind a crank undersize, and not have to re heat treat, and re nitrite the crank. This obviously saves in additional cost's, and down time.
Crower's cranks are also a very good choice. His direct oiling system is very affective. It is also very rare to see a broken Crower crank.
The King crank is a good option as well. A little pricey, and a little hard to get at time's. He usually run's behind on production.
Cola has had about a million different owner's over the year's. While they make a decent economy crank, I have seen their production tolerances vary a bit. All in all they are still an improvement over Chinese junk.
P.S. I should also mention that you can calibrate your micrometer by the 4 cranks that I listed above. They are always exactly on size!
Hendren Racing Engines
Rutherfordton , NC
[This message has been edited by sdhnc29 (edited November 02, 2004).]