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Old 06-30-2003, 07:49 PM
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Ok, I am building a chevy 383 stroker. I bought a 383 kit from enginekits. I was under the impression that it came with everything I needed. Now my "shade-tree" mechanic buddies are telling me that i have to have a balancer and a flywheel for a 400. I thought the 383 stroker kit was made to use my balancer and flywheel? Does anyone know the truth? And what about having it all machined balanced while I am at it? My buddies say it isn't worth it since I am just building a street rod. What do ya'll thank? Thanks!

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Old 06-30-2003, 09:13 PM
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It's a 400 crank, and needs a 400 balancer and flywheel. A balanced rotating assembly is worth it's weight in gold. I have seen unbalanced assemblies go south after only a few thousand miles, even less. Not to mention the vibrations that can drive you nuts!
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Yes, read the fine print, most of these "kits" are just a bunch of compatible parts, you will need a 400 wheel and balancer unless the kit states "Internally balanced", you will also have to have these parts(and crank) balanced as all aftermkt and cut down 400 cranks are way off the mark.
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