Connecting Rod Balancing
See how connecting rods are balanced by John Edwards @ Costa Mesa R&D,
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.
Connecting Rod Narrowing
One of John's cleints sent a set of Chevrolet connecting rods to Costa Mesa
R&D Automotive Machine to be narrowed, watch how its done R&D style!
www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
Automotive Connecting Rods 101
John Edwards discusses the various types of connecting rods found in modern
engines. www.engine-machining.com (949) 631-6376
Connecting Rod Weight Reduction
Here's another weight reduction method used by John @ Costa Mesa R&D
Automotive Machine. Check it out!
How To Swap Pistons on Connecting Rod at Home - 4.8 Flat Tops into a 5.3 LS1
In this video I am pulling one piston out at at time from a 160k mile 5.3.
This 5.3 will be going into my 1987 C10. I then show the removal of the
dished 5.3 piston from the connecting rod and then the mount of used 4.8
flat top pistons back onto the connecting rod. Then the 4.8 piston and rod
are inserted back into the block. This is all happening at home in my
garage with basic tools. I do use a press to remove the 5.3 piston but you
could easily use the propane torch for the removal by reversing the
mounting procedure that I show with the torch.
By installing flat top 4.8 pistons into a 5.3 the compression will change
from 9.5:1 to 10.6:1.
I just started this engine up last week. I did a compression test, it came
back good. I've got a video of it running on the stand here:
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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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Fiat X1/9 Pistons & Connecting Rods
This video will show some of the modifications that are made by John
Edwards @ Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine on a 1500cc Fiat X1/9 (Punto
Marea) connecting rods and new forged JE pistons. www.engine-machining.com
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.
Eagle I Beam and H Beam Connecting Rods
Her we are showing you the features of the Eagle SIR I beam 5140 forged
connecting rods vs the 4340 forged steel 3-D H beam connecting rods. Eagle
I beam connecting rods for Chevy, Ford and Chrysler, rated to 500 horsepower on small blocks,
and 700 horsepower
on big block applications. H beam connecting rods are offered for most any
applications, Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, Pontiac. horsepower ratings are
anywhere from 750 to 1400 horsepower. Import
connecting rods, Honda, toyota, Nissan are good for 900 horsepower. All eagle rods
come standard with ARP rod bolts. Call CNC-Motorsports for all your
performance needs. We stock most all lengths.
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Porsche 911 Connecting Rod Oil Squirter Mod
A simple but effective modification to get additional piston cooling by
adding oil squirters to the connecting rod, as performed by John Edwards @
Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine. 949-631-6376 www.engine-machining.com