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Old 02-09-2009, 04:05 PM   #1
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I have done a fair amount of searching and have never been able to find any info about Belfabs shortblocks

I have an 05 MSM with DP/exhaust/intake/intercooler/550s/Hydra and recently picked up a FMII downpipe and exhaust manifold.
I am looking to upgrade to something aroung gt2871 or so and was looking to beef up the rods mostly.
maybe I am just lazy but I was looking at the Belfab shortblocks and the prices seem pretty decent. This will not be a mega HP build. Has anyone used one of their shortblocks? I know of many horror stories about improper clearances etc from different machine shops so I would prefer to go with something at least reasonably realiable.
Would also be open to suggestions for a reliable machine shop local to me-Portland, OR area
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I have done a fair amount of searching and have never been able to find any info about Belfabs shortblocks

I have an 05 MSM with DP/exhaust/intake/intercooler/550s/Hydra and recently picked up a FMII downpipe and exhaust manifold.
I am looking to upgrade to something aroung gt2871 or so and was looking to beef up the rods mostly.
maybe I am just lazy but I was looking at the Belfab shortblocks and the prices seem pretty decent. This will not be a mega HP build. Has anyone used one of their shortblocks? I know of many horror stories about improper clearances etc from different machine shops so I would prefer to go with something at least reasonably realiable.
Would also be open to suggestions for a reliable machine shop local to me-Portland, OR area
If you're thinking about changing the rods (which btw, I agree you should do if posible) why are you contemplating changing your shortblock too?

Do you have any issues with your current motor? Are you consuming too much oil, etc.?
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Well, if I am going to pull the motor, I would rather put forged pistons in with some stout rods, fresh rings/bearings/oil pump and a rehone of the cylinders for the fresh pistons/rings.
It just seems reasonable to do this all at once-rather than contemplate pulling the block again at some point especially if something fails.
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Well, if I am going to pull the motor, I would rather put forged pistons in with some stout rods, fresh rings/bearings/oil pump and a rehone of the cylinders for the fresh pistons/rings.
It just seems reasonable to do this all at once-rather than contemplate pulling the block again at some point especially if something fails.
I'm currently in the process of purchasing Belfab's piston and rod combo for my 96. I didn't find the need to do anything else. I'll have my block honed and be done with it.

If you see fit to buy the shortblock; then, by all means do so.
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Do they use a billet oil pump?
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Do they use a billet oil pump?
Jason; why is that so important? BTW, I think they do.
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Jason; why is that so important? BTW, I think they do.
because supposedly at high rpm or high power or something like that they don't have the tolerances and strength needed to last
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Looks like they dropped the price on the rods/piston combo since I purchased a set last Summer.
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Rafa, the stock oil pump doesn't live long above 8000 RPM - they shatter.
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I can see your dilemma...if you buy the parts kit...you would still need to take it to a shop around where you live...and possibly get bum service - whereas with Belfab...you get it all done right the first time.

For $800 more than the rebuild kit...just get the short block...worth the peace of mind alone.
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