Con Rod Mods-01.wmv
Here's another connecting rod modification that John Edwards of Costa Mesa
R&D Automotive Machine performs to reduce reciprocating weight.
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Subaru Flywheel lightening and Balancing
Watch John Edwards @ Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine as he lightens and
balances a brand new Subaru flywheel on the Sunnen DCB 750 balancer.
BMW Connecting Rod Modifications
John Edwards discusses how he machines BMW connecting rods to reduce weight
for increased RPM for naturally aspirated and forced induction engines.
A Better Way to Install Rods on Pistons
Installing spiral locks into a performance piston is a pain. I've found a
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Blueprint 103 - Connecting Rods
Connecting rods are the crux of the engine. They're responsible for
carrying the force of the explosions that occur in the combustion chamber
and using it to turn the crankshaft. Oil clearance specifications of the
"big end" and "small end" are crucial to maintaining consistent oil
In this video we take 3 measurements:
Rod Journal (also called Crank Pin) Diameters
"Big End" Bore diameter
Using the Journal diameters and the "Big End" Bores, you can calculate your
oil clearances of each bearing. The process is illustrated here. Anyone
rebuilding an engine who doesn't know its history should check all of these
clearances whether or not they're re-using the rods. If the crank,
bearings or connecting rods are going to be replaced, it's imperative that
you measure the new parts as well to ensure they're in spec.
Block Preparation Part 1
Preparation for powder coating and Glyptal application. Audio track is an
original performance by Rojo Del Chocolate.
My block is being powder coated rather than painted. It's just something I
do. The GSX had it on the last block so it's getting it again.
Since the tools are so similar and the mess is the same, I'm going ahead
and preparing it for the Glyptal application as well. These 2 coatings
will require being baked separately. The powder coating is baked on at a
hotter temperature than the Glyptal, so it's going first.
The surface preparation instructions for Glyptal is as follows:
Surface to be painted should be dry and free from dirt, wax, grease, rust
and oil. Remove all grease and oil by washing surface with mineral
spirits. Wipe or scrape off all loose dirt, rust or scale.
The last sentence is what's covered in this video. The 2nd sentence
happens next (although it's already degreased), and I'll get it back from
powder coat with it in the state described in sentence #1 completed. If
following these instructions to the letter of the law.
Second and third opinions in... the main journal is fine.
You'll notice that I didn't coat the main caps, or "suitcase handles". I'm
not going to. You bang around on these installing and removing them, and I
don't want to risk chipping them once they're coated. They're below the
windage area, and there will also be an un-coated main bearing girdle down
This video covered 25 hours of actual work. Yes, I kept changing into the
same filthy clothes every shoot because I wanted it to look consistent.
You have to take your time doing this kind of work, and be VERY VERY
CAREFUL! If for some reason you're crazy enough to attempt what I do in
this video, you do so at your own risk. This is an elective treatment that
I've never done, but I am by no means the first person to do it. I'm
learning about it just like the rest of you.
Many of you have seen this one before. I apologize if bringing it back
Domestickilla gave me a crankshaft, and it's a nice one that I want to
clean up and use again. You'll be seeing a lot of it and because of this,
this video deserves to be here. I fixed what I broke, and this was my
In this video Ballos Precision Machine demonstrates magnetic dye penetrant
testing, crankshaft polishing and inspecting the balance of a "butchered"
4g63 6-bolt crankshaft.
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
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
Automotive Connecting Rods 101
John Edwards discusses the various types of connecting rods found in modern
engines. www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
Crankshaft Oil Hole Chamfering
Watch as John @ Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine chamfers the oil holes on
a Fiat stroker crankshaft. www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
How to Balance internally & externally balanced Crankshafts (Crank)
Anthony @ DIYautotech here showing you how I learned to balance a crank.
We have ASE Certified professor demonstrating how to balance both
internally & externally balanced cranks.
If you have any questions please leave a comment below.
This is being done at Saddleback College Automotive Machine Shop.
Saddleback offers and excellent Automotive program that can be completed in
just about 2 years. If you wanna get into the industry & have as much fun
learning as I have...then you should come on down and check out our shop!
how to resize, close and hone v8 conrods
A quick guide on how to recondition conrods,removing and replacing conrod
bolts,using ARP 220000 psi rod bolts,closing and honing bigend tunnels to
Stan's Datsun 1200 Race Engine
Here's a quick look at Stan's Datsun 1200 race engine as it was assembled
and Simtested at Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine.
www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
Toyota Supra Crankshaft Balancing
See how a Toyota Supra crankshaft is balanced by John Edwards @ Costa Mesa
R&D Automotive Machine using the Sunnen DCB-750. www.engine-machining.com