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Old 07-14-2007, 04:47 PM
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If there`s nothing wrong with the stock rods you have then they are fine to reuse and 350 cranks are a dime a dozen. I`ve reused stock rods countless times, as long as there are no spun bearings they`re fine. These rods went into daily driver but weekend play thing vehicles. Never did have one fail me either. The rods in the kit are just reconned, they aren`t going to give you any more power than the ones you have so if there`s not a need for them, especially on a budget build, then why replace what`s not broken? If you have any machine shops in your area ask them if they have any 350 shafts around, they likely do and then some, or a local junkyard. Then you can get a kit from Northern that`s a master kit with a choice of cams just the same, only without the crank and rods. this would more than likely knock a couple hundred off the total of the engine kit that can go elsewhere.
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