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Old 05-25-2002, 08:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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"Hawks Racing" connecting rods? Any good?

I like CAT H-beam rods. Excellent rods for the money and out of now 3 sets they have all been within 3 grams of eachother and all tolerances correct. There was a lot of bad mouthing about them just like there was about Eagle when they first came out because people are afraid of change and cheaper prices for essentially the same quality product. 2 sets of stock length and journal size 351W H-beams and a set of stock length and journal size 460 H-beams. All CAT H-beam rods use 7/16" cap screw bolts. $350 set for my 460 rods and $325 a set for the 351W rods. Screw Eagle's SIR I-beam rods with stock style bolts. For a little more you get real bolts and H-beams. The Eagle H-beams are a different story though. Those will be used in my 557 instead of the CAT rods for "peace of mind" spinning 7200+ RPMs with 4.5" stroke. If you get the CAT rods, have them checked out at a machine shop to make sure they are all within specs and be done with it.

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Old 05-25-2002, 08:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I agree with everyone else though that the stock rods will more than handle the low 7000RPM redline. They can realistically take 7800RPMs without worry of failure if good bolts are used and they are resized properly after magnafluxing.
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Old 05-25-2002, 11:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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As far as the piston issue, I bought a set of 289/302 forged trw's...paid almost $375 for pistons and rings. they weighed between 780-800 grams (yes, they were all different by 10-20 grams.) Found out that they wouldnt work with the cam I use because of their stupid valve reliefs being waaaay too small, so I ditched them and bought a set of SRP's, also forged. They had much nicer skirts, pins, pin oiling, and huge valve reliefs. They all weighed 525 grams without pins. I got the pins from a friend, they were originally for a outlaw sprint Ford engine (didnt even know that any of the outlaws used Ford engines), weighed 75 grams each. Paid $460 for the SRP's. Also had to buy rings separate, around $100 (1/16".) Is the 289 going to be a bracket car engine or street car engine?
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"Hawks Racing" connecting rods? Any good?

It's going to be a street engine, but will probably make at least a few trips to the drag strip to do some bracket racing.

I bit the bullet today and bought the rods, $317 including shipping. Judging by what you guys are saying, I would have probably been fine with the stock rods, but this only cost me ~$150-200 extra for some peace of mind.

I would still like to find out more on what pistons to get, though. Aren't TRW the same as Speed Pros (both Federal Mogul)? The heads I bought are Windsor Jr's (1.94 intake, 1.60 exhaust), and the cam I'm looking at is the Comp Magnum 282 solid, with .524" lift. Do you think piston-to-valve clearance is going to be tight with the speed pro piston's valve reliefs? I figured since I got the smaller valve (1.94 vs 2.02), and not TOO radical of camshaft, I should be fine on clearance. I plan to check it anyways, but I don't think it should be an issue for me.
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Old 05-26-2002, 09:57 PM   #20 (permalink)
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"Hawks Racing" connecting rods? Any good?

Yes, all those pistons you mentioned are basically the same thing. They also have very small valve reliefs. Every engine I've built with them has had to have the reliefs widened. They were plenty deep enough, but even 1.94" valves in stock heads required the reliefs to be widened out. It can be done with a fly-cutter, but I just used a die-grinder.

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I run through the traps at 6500 with stock rods,crank, pistons...entire bottom end, the only things done to it are performer 289 intake, holley 600, comp roller rockers, trickflow springs, and comp 270 cam. and I run mine on the street and strip above 6k all the time
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I run through the traps at 6500 with stock rods,crank, pistons...entire bottom end, the only things done to it are performer 289 intake, holley 600, comp roller rockers, trickflow springs, and comp 270 cam. and I run mine on the street and strip above 6k all the time
Do you realize this thread is ten years old!...If you really spend all that time above six grand you should really look into a different intake manifold.
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Do you realize this thread is ten years old!...If you really spend all that time above six grand you should really look into a different intake manifold.

LOL didnt even look when it "popped" up as a 'new' unread posting. Besides wonder what was chosen sense it is 10 years old and wonder how well his choice held up? Should have had time to made a decision whether good bad or whatever....
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post #17 , pic's of that Pinto wagon . that was one quick car . he did have CalTracks . that Pinto would stay up like that past the 1/8 mi.
think it ran low 10's till the front frame rails bent on a hard come down .
btw , he ran a 1050 Dom. carb on the 393 . also iron heads and no power adder
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post #17 , pic's of that Pinto wagon . that was one quick car . he did have CalTracks . that Pinto would stay up like that past the 1/8 mi.
think it ran low 10's till the front frame rails bent on a hard come down .
btw , he ran a 1050 Dom. carb on the 393 . also iron heads and no power adder
Yes I remember him well..His name was Kent..Don't know what ever happened to him..Haven't seen him post anything in years...
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