Connecting Rod Weight Reduction

Here's another weight reduction method used by John @ Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine. Check it out!

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Connecting Rod Balancing
See how connecting rods are balanced by John Edwards @ Costa Mesa R&D, 949-631-6376

1500 hp vs. 500 hp Connecting Rods
Follow me on Instagram: In this episode, a 1500 hp rated forged billet I-beam connecting rod is compared against a 500 hp rated stock cast connecting rod. The geometry, stronger material, and lower mass help to increase the load carrying capacity of the new connecting rod. |MY MODS| ENGINE - BOSS 5.0 cast iron block - Manley Pro Series I-beam rods - Manley forged pistons (with MMR coating) - MMR 4.75 stroker crank forged 4340 - MMR/Ford Racing Stage 3 ported heads - MMR/Comp Stage 3 turbo cams - Livernois cam phaser lockouts - Ford Racing 3V air intake manifold (carbon hydro-dipped) - APR 2000 head studs, rod bolts, side bolts, main cap studs - Ford Racing twin 62 mm throttle body - C&L 95 mm cold air intake - MMR billet oil pump gears - MMR 7 quart oil pan (red) - Moroso welded aluminum valve covers - Powder coated timing cover (black) - MSD Blaster Coils - Steeda aluminum belt tensioner - Romac Pro Harmonic Balancer TRANSMISSION/DRIVELINE - Tremec T-56 Magnum XL 6-speed (Ford Racing packaged) - SFI certified bell housing - McLeod RXT 1200 twin-disk clutch - McLeod aluminum 8-bolt flywheel with steel insert - APR 2000 flywheel bolts - JPC clutch line upgrade - Driveshaft shop one-piece aluminum driveshaft (for T-56 transmission) WHEELS/TIRES - Wheels: Forgestar CF5V 19” diameter x 12” wide with 6 mm offset wheels (all four corners) - Front tires: Continental Extreme Contact P305/30ZR19 (102Y) - Rear tires: Kumho Ecsta V720 ACR P355/30ZR19 (99Y) - McGard black lug nuts with locks ENGINE BAY - Trufiber carbon fiber full-length radiator cover - Moroso welded aluminum radiator expansion tank - Moroso welded aluminum power steering tank - Ford Racing Boss 302 style strut tower brace (carbon dipped) EXTERIOR - Trufiber widebody fender flares - Trufiber carbon fiber decklid panel - Raxiom smoked projector lights (GEN 5 style) - Raxiom smoked vector tail lights with white diffusers (GEN 6) - CDC chin spoiler (carbon fiber wrapped) - CDC chin splitter (carbon fiber wrapped) - MMD ducktail spoiler (carbon fiber wrapped) - SVE Bullet style grill - Trufiber 3 inch cowl hood - Custom painted hood, roof, trunk - MGP red brake caliper covers INTERIOR - Brushed aluminum interior kit - Autometer Nexus Boost, fuel pressure, A/F ratio gauges - Autometer Nexus trans. temp, oil temp, Exhaust temp gauges - Speed of Sound A-pillar gauge pod - Speed of Sound dash gauge pod FUEL - Kenne Bell Boost-a-pump - Ford Racing 47 lb/hr injectors COOLING - Mishimoto performance radiator - Ford Racing performance radiator fan - Mishimoto 170 F thermostat - Mishimoto silicon hose kit (black) CHASSIS/SUSPENSION - Eibach Pro suspension kit (with sportline springs in front) - BMR tubular K-member - BMR tubular front lower control arms (A-arms) - BMR adjustable rear upper control arm - BMR upper control arm mount - BMR adjustable rear lower control arms (spherical & poly) - BMR lower control arm relocation brackets - J&M adjustable panhard bar Exhaust - BBK tuned length shorty headers - BBK 2.75 inch X-pipe (catted and off-road, can switch) - MBRP 3 inch catback Exhaust TUNING - Custom tune from Chris Groves @ The Dyno Edge PLANNED FUTURE MODS - turbohorsepower twin turbo kit - Boost controller - Injector Dynamics 1300 fuel injectors - 1000+ hp return style fuel system (not sure which brand yet) - Stronger axles - New differential & gears - APR Performance carbon fiber diffuser - APR Performance carbon fiber side skirts - APR Performance carbon fiber rear lip splitters

Honda D16 Connecting Rod Lightening
Watch as John Edwards @ Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop takes a set of D16 Honda rods and lightens them on the engine lathe. He removed over 40 grams of material! (949) 631-6376 Don't forget o 'Click' and SUBSCRIBE!

Valve Pocket Machining.wmv
Watch as John Edwards machines valve pockets with a home-made tool made from an Exhaust valve. These are the pistons out of his Fiat 850 Sedan race car. Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine (949) 631-6376