04-17-2012, 09:10 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Harrisburg, Pa
Total Cats: 8
Motor building questions
Alright so I think it might be wise for me to think about being ready to build my motor, should I blow it up. I also want more power, and I'm super cheap. So I have some questions about motor building on a budget.
Goal is 300-350whp street only.
Obviously the rods are the weak part, so I will be getting a set of forged ones.
Pistons, could stock pistons suffice at this power? Maybe with a coating from swain tech? (I do possibly have the option of running E85 with switchable maps) If not I'll probably go with the big (85mm I think) forged ones. Or not cause I don't want to buy the oversized head gasket.
What about bearings. Do I need high performance ones or will OEM do?
Oil pump gears. Are the boundary gears needed for a street motor, or will stock suffice?
Head/Main studs. I've read that upgraded ones aren't necessary, what say you?
I'm still learning all the nonsense I need to do a motor rebuild so I probably forgot some stuff. But basically could I throw a set of rods in, maybe some pistons and keep other things OEM for cheapness? Or is that a stupid idea?
Also machine work will be free/next to nothing. I still have to call my machinist and see how much of the building he can actually do.
Thanks. Sorry if these are dumb questions but I couldn't find that much information on budget motor builds.