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Old 09-22-2002, 03:46 PM
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Question SBC connecting rods (opinions needed)

I'm planning on ordering a set of rods for a SBC Monday and was hopeing to get the forums opinions on the following:

Scat rods
Eagle rods
GM PM rods

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http://forums.corvetteforum.com/zerothread?id=393711

try this link with some rpm rod info
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Any of the rods listed will work. It depends upon how much power your planning on making, how many rpm you intend to twist your engine, and how much money you want to spend that will dictate your choice. If your on a tight budget, and you want to do 400-450 horsepower and keep it below 6500 RPM the factory rods will work, provided they are set up well. One thing is interesting to me though, Scat is selling a forged I beam rod, with dowelled ARP bolts with bushed pins, ready to run for 250 bucks. If you have the chevy rods bushed, re-sized, and magged your gonna have 200 bucks in them by the time you buy good bolts, so I would use an entry level, good quality aftermarket rod.
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Both the Scat and Eagle rods in that price range are imports. Compared to some of the other imported rods like Cat the quality is pretty good. The PM rods aren't a bad choice but shouldn't ever be rebuilt and from what I've heard prone to streching. If the price difference isn't an issue I would go Eagle, Scat, PM in that order. I would put Eagle ahead of Scat only because on floaters the Scat usually needs sizing to fit the wrist pins which adds some cost and planning.
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Again, thanks for the replies

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I run the GM powdered metal rods in my 302 with good bolts. These rods have held up well to my abuse. Of course I have a 3" stroke, but I would not be afraid of a 7000 rpm combination with a 350. Stretching is not a problem. The chinese rods you mentioned are okay, but heavy. They are carefully inspected these days before they get to you, so quality is not a big issue. I know Scat is very conciencious. That being said, I'd buy American if possible.
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Hey Paul.
A guy on Ebay(dirt track tony) I believe is selling Prowler 5140 Rods for $139.00 bucks! Rated good at 500 horses and like 6800 rpm's or so. Take a look at em. HG
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I keep hearing about the "imported" rods. Anyone have a list of the imported ones?

Thanks for the Ebay tip , I saw one guy selling the Prowler rods for $99 plus shipping.

I want to be thrifty but not stupid. Any suggestions for a nice set of rods for a fair price.

The Eagle SIR are $219, the Scat 4130 are $195 and the Prowler are $99.

I was ready to buy today , now I'm not sure. Any help is appreciated.

Paul
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Hey, AMERICAN FREEDOMS, I would try to stick to USA built stuff, it's better. Chinese stuff makes me nervous, just like that crap my wife buys at WalMart, it breaks, you throw it away, you buy another one. You don't want that for your engine do you? I'm sure the guy who's making 3 dollars a day doesn't really care if your engine expires or not.
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I recently got a set of Cat rods through Competition Products. I couldn't believe they sold them to me. Absolutely the worst aftermarket rod I've ever seen. Pits, dings, all deformed. Pretty scarey. Even though it was a stock rebuild I sent them back and paid the little extra for the PM rods.
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