Connecting Rod Balancing

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

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Piston balancing - How to DIY
A step-by-step video tutorial showing you how to balance your pistons yourself. Done on a set of cast Toyota 4age smallport pistons. The same procedure can be applied to many other pistons. A balanced engine runs smoother, produces less vibration, is capable of higher max rpms and copes better with higher power outputs and high rpms. Balancing is especially important for high revving naturally aspirated petrol engines such as the Toyota 4AGE. They may be a thing of the past, but nothing beats a well-built, smooth, high revving naturally aspirated petrol engine in terms of responsiveness and sheer driving pleasure. The crankshaft, flywheel, clutch pressure plate and crankshaft pulley are dynamically balanced - i.e. require special machinery. Pistons and connecting rods are statically balanced - i.e. it can be done at home with some simple tools. So why not give it a try and learn and save money in the process. More MR2 and 4age stuff: An article on crankshaft, flywheel, clutch pressure plate and crankshaft pulley balancing: pressure-plate-balancing/

Engine Parts Balancing
Balancing of pistons and conrods.

Crankshaft Balancing Counter Weight Reduction
This big block Chevy engine is getting a trim job on the crankshaft counter weights because we are installing some .400" longer connecting rods with some very light forgerd pistons. We had to remove a total of 400 grams to get the crankshaft to balance correctly. Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop (949) 631-6376 Don't forget to 'Click' and SUBSCRIBE and tell your friends about this channel.

1500 hp vs. 500 hp Connecting Rods
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