Atomic Performance Products - XR6T High Performance Conrods
Atomic billet steel conrods were designed from scratch with one principle in mind; use aerospace quality materials and sophisticated manufacturing processes to produce an extremely strong, light and durable connecting rod for the popular inline 6 cylinder Ford SOHC/DOHC engines, at an affordable price.
The Design and Evaluation Process
The Atomic engineering team set out to address these parameters by designing what many performance engine builders are now calling the finest conrod on the market for the Ford DOHC 6 cylinder engine.
Extensive CAD/CAM computer modelling was employed and produced a H-Beam design, which has an extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio. The next step was to pick the correct materials, heat treatment and surface treatment processes to ensure durability under rigorous performance applications.
Next came FEA modelling (Finite element analysis) to simulate stresses on the conrods. This also entailed weighing every piston, gudgeon pin and ring set on the market and loading this information, plus stroke, rotating and reciprocating conrod values into our computer modelling software to calculate the stresses.
The greatest load exerted on a conrod in an engine producing 600 comes not from the force of normal combustion but from the tensile force exerted by the piston at top dead centre (TDC). At 5250 RPM the piston exerts a tensile load on the conrod of 1908 gs (-1693 kgs) at split overlap TDC reversal. If you increase maximum engine speed by only 1000 RPM to 6250 RPM, the TDC tensile load rises by 50.4% to 2870 gs. At 7500 RPM the tensile loading increases to 4132 gs, clearly demonstrating the Atomics design strength of 8000 gs means it has plenty in reserve.
Excessive loads at TDC are brought about by a high reciprocating mass and/or by increasing engine RPM, so it is essential to design reciprocating engine components with the lowest mass possible to minimize premature lower bearing shell bearing failure. This is particularly relevant to our customers who are turning their engines to 7500RPM+.
For more information, visit http://www.atomicperformanceproducts.com/conrods.html
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Cylinder Head 201 - Radius Cut Valve Job
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perform. If the 100 series videos didn't help you identify and correct a
problem with your cylinder head, then this is the next step. This video is
brought to you with permission from my machinist in full 1080HD, and covers
cleaning up the head inside and out, preparation and setting up a radius
cutter, cutting all 16 valve seats, valve grinding, and spans 3.5 hours of
actual work in under 30 minutes. There's nothing like this anywhere else
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A valve job is done by re-grinding or replacing valves, and then having new
seats cut to match the faces of the valves you're using. There are several
different machines that might be utilized to achieve this result, but the
process is the same no matter how it's done. There are seat cutters that
utilize cutting stones. There are valve seat cutters with 3 separate
angles installed 120° out-of-phase, and there are single cutters with all
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demonstrated here is a Sunnen VGS-20 Radius Cutter. This machine (now out
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My valve selection includes Supertech 1mm oversized nitride-coated
stainless steel undercut and back-cut intake valves, and 1mm oversized
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performance engines that can handle more abuse than steel can without
melting. The other characteristics of the valves which are discussed
typically yield bigger gains in airflow than simply using a bigger hole and
a bigger valve.
Why I did this to a perfectly-good cylinder head:
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valve job 9 years ago, my valve installed height was increased and this
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selection dictates using the stock valve install height. The only
solutions to this valve install height problem are to either replace the
valve seats, or install oversized valves. I opted for the latter.
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R&D Automotive Machine performs to reduce reciprocating weight.
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Atomic Performance Products - XR6T Vernier Cam Sprockets
The Ford DOHC 6 cylinder engine has hydraulically adjustable camshaft
timing which is controlled by the factory ECU. The factory tuning retards
cam timing (of both cams simultaneously) at light throttle above 100 KPH to
aid emissions and fuel consumption and subsequently provides no advantage
to the performance enthusiast. The VCT units do not allow the cam phasing
to accurately follow the crankshaft/piston motion as closely as is
required, which brings about tuning and fault code logging issues.
Proficient tuners know that accurate cam phasing is critical to extracting
maximum power from a given powerplant, so we designed and manufactured
adjustable cam sprockets to allow tuners to maximise the VE of every engine
Another advantage of our Vernier sprockets is that it eliminates the
requirement to retain the original Ford ECU and harness when transplanting
the DOHC engine. Very few aftermarket ECUs can control the variable cam
function, so with this requirement eliminated a whole world of
possibilities of retrofitting the DOHC engine to earlier vehicles becomes
available to the enthusiast.
Atomic vernier sprockets are CNC machined from 4140 chrome moly steel with
the outer section of the DOHC sprockets gas nitrided for maximum
durability. Secured together by four hi-tensile allen head bolts, timing
adjustment is quite simple due to the degreed markings on the hub. A full
36 degrees of movement is provided, allowing the professional engine
builder a huge scope of adjustment.
Atomic timing chains for the DOHC Ford 6 cyl are more than 80% stronger
than the stock chain for use with heavier than standard valve springs. They
feature roller trunnions and 1.7mm thick link plates to provide the utmost
in reliability. Will fit with standard or aftermarket sprockets.
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Atomic Performance Products - XR6T on-car Valve Spring Tool
On-car Valve Spring Removal Tool to suit Ford 6 Cylinder DOHC
Our Patented (Patent # 2006100221) tool is a simple device to facilitate
quick and easy removal of valvetrain components in Ford 4.0L VCT twin cam
Barra engines. The unique features of the tool are as follows:
• The cylinder head does not need to be removed to gain access to the
• Once the tool is fitted, all 4 valve springs per cylinder can be
• No special skills are required to use the tool
• The possibility of collets falling into the engine is greatly reduced
The tool saves many hours of labour when changing one or many valve
springs, valve stem seals or retainers - a mechanic can change all 24
springs in about 3 hours. Changing valve springs is very common due to the
varying tensions of standard springs and their rapid deterioration in
service, which in turn caused erratic idling and drivability issues. They
are also regularly changed in Ford turbo
vehicles as higher Boost can bring
about premature valve float.
To use the tool, simply remove the camshafts, fit the tool to number #1
cylinder and the 4 springs can be changed in about 10 minutes. Refit the
tool to the next cylinder in sequence and continue until all are changed,
refit the cams and the job is done!
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