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Default Aluminum rods in a daily driver

whats up everybody,

i would like some opinions on using aluminum rods in a motor that will be in a daily driven mustang. i would like to build a 351w with a kennybell whipple supercharger as a long term goal and i always wanted to use aluminum rods for a engine build that would be daily driven, but i was always detered for various reasons.

what do you think?

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you can, but why? i built a 468 for a customer many moons ago and he insisted on aluminum rods. i guess it worked ok. only put a few thousand miles on it and probably less than 50 passes, then he sold it. never had any issues. but as i asked, why. the biggest problem with aluminum rods is their life span/streching.
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Not really worth the trouble and like Mark said that is usually reserved for race motors due to the fact they get torn down ALL the time.

If you are concerned about weight then they have some nice I beams that will hold up just fine.
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yeah, mainly for weight and high revs. i'll just plan for building something thats bank vault secure, so i can abuse it and drive many miles
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Bank vault secure is forged h beam. But...

To add, there is a crap-ton of debate over whether the I beam is better than the H beam or vise-versa. Whether they are made in the US or abroad, the thickness/weight of the material, type of material and so on. Both are great depending on certain applications. God bless ambiguity.
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To add, there is a crap-ton of debate over whether the I beam is better than the H beam or vise-versa.
Probably because both are equally as good and neither has a decisive advantage.

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i would like some opinions on using aluminum rods in a motor that will be in a daily driven mustang. i would like to build a 351w with a kennybell whipple supercharger as a long term goal and i always wanted to use aluminum rods for a engine build that would be daily driven, but i was always detered for various reasons.
Aluminum rods are only good for engines in cars that are going to make short passes down the strip. They're not suitable for daily driven cars and if you're going to add forced induction, there's only one way to go and that's with forged steel rods.
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understood, i like eagle H beam rod, so i'll go with them when i'm able to build a motor.
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