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What is the max. HP and RPM that a stock 302 con. rod with aftermarket rod bolts can handle?
 

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the rods are fine. The stock 5/16" bolts are the weaklink. I ran a set for 4 years at 8500 plus rpm (475 HP+) with only a good inspection of the beams and the best bolts I could find at the time. One thing that I did notice was the the stock rods were flexing, sometimes after a few races, the rod bearings would show irregular wear patterns on them. Once I put in the H-beams last season, I've had no such problems. If you're gonna use a blower/turbo/nitrous, get good rods, if nothing else, but for cheap insurance. It's expensive when one doesnt want to cooperate in a 8000 rpm motor
 
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