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.
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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Automotive Connecting Rods 101
John Edwards discusses the various types of connecting rods found in modern
engines. www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
A Better Way to Install Rods on Pistons
Installing spiral locks into a performance piston is a pain. I've found a
tool that can make your life a lot easier when it comes to building
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How to polish a crank ( crankshaft )
Engine-Guru.com Presents a video on how to polish your crank shaft. Any
questions call 616-430-3114 ask for KYLE. We are located out of Grand
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+.
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Connecting Rods Machine Shop Video-Engine Building DVD
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Basic Engine Building DVD - Chapter 27: Connecting Rods
By now the connecting rods are ready for pistons. We recommend having the
machine shop clean your old pistons for you, if you plan to reuse them.
It's not fun at all by hand. Here we show you how they install the rod pins
into the connecting rods to connect with the pistons. Then they will
measure the pistons to determine the final bore size of the cylinder walls
before they are honed.
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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.
Blueprint 104 - The Crankshaft
It's important to know what you've got even before dealing with the
machinist. If you want to inspect a crankshaft, this is how you do it. I
detail the process of removing the crank and what to measure. All
specifications in this video are illustrated with a 6-bolt 4g63 turbo block, but are all actually the same for
7-bolt engines with the exception of the rod widths.
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
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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.
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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
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!
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