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Re: welded rods

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jd b puller

03-29-2013 17:43:09

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If the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.
Gary builds $20k engines and Dave buys them, of course they suggest billet rods (No offense intended at either of you), once you're in that deep there's no reason to cut corners.
Some people don't want to or can't spend that much. Welded rods work (most of the time). I have heard of 1 billet failing, but don't know the details. 3 of the sets of billets I've done were for people who failed welded rods in the last year.
Here's a Welded rod from 7-8 years ago from my first build. Rod wasn't the problem and as you can see, it didn't break or fail at the weld. Apparently, it's a bad idea to weld a piece of aluminum to an airplane piston. When it separates, it makes a bit of a mess. Note to self, use forged pistons designed for the job, not cobbling something together.

This post was edited by jd b puller at 17:45:51 03/29/13.

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Dave Thompson jr

03-29-2013 19:28:57

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 Re: welded rods in reply to jd b puller, 03-29-2013 17:43:09  
Gary Baker builds some of the best engines. I am not running one of his engines Paul built it. and it has ran the last 5 years with only changing rod and main bearings on the crankshaft. They dont and wont use welded rods. They build a good product and it is worth spending the money. As far as spending 20k on a good engine I did and more. If you want something dependable use good parts and there are a lot less problems.

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Travis M

03-29-2013 18:19:31

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 Re: welded rods in reply to jd b puller, 03-29-2013 17:43:09  
Some might say welding two pieces of connecting rod together is cobbling something together

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