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Old 10-06-2012, 11:54 AM
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Birkey,what do you call "high" rpm? 5500 rpm and an old v-8 is not a problem with little more than a cam and kit,by the time you reach 7500 rpm(still using an old v-8) you have incorporated roller rockers,forged pistons,steel crank,solid lifter cam,better induction and exhaust. when you go from 8-9,000 rpm,you have the best of everything,you have had to do a piston speed calulation(pistons have a limit to how many feet per second before coming apart), very special cam grinds,extreme valve spring pressures,extreme lengths to stabilize rocker geometry,custom induction and exhaust that is very specific to application. after 9,000 rpm you better know some engineering basics and metalurgy basics and understand flame propagation/combustion chamber design and fuel burn speeds. at this point you need extremely deep pockets for the exotic (short lived) parts
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