Fasteners for con rods

Friday, May 11, 2012
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Bespoke race engines are festooned with purpose-designed fasteners, each of which carries out a specific task. We need specially designed fasteners for many reasons; every engineer has his preferences, so all engines are different and fastener design... read more
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The importance of torsional stiffness

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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I am a big fan of Kevin Cameron, the motorcycling journalist who has written for American motorcycling publications for what seems like ever. I don't often get to see a copy of Cycle World, but I have enjoyed reading his books immensely. In one of th... read more
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DLC coatings

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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There has been mention of coatings and other surface treatments for con rods in previous RET Monitor articles, and in the articles on con rods in Race Engine Technology magazine (see issues 40 and 58). At the recent Autosport Engineering show in Bir... read more
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Bushless small ends

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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When we come to describe a 'traditional' racecar con rod for a four-stroke engine, we would imagine a split rod with a bushed small end (or at least many of us would). The bushed small end has been with us for many decades, but the bushless steel con... read more
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Joint face serrations

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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The matter of how to positively locate the two halves of a conventional split con rod together is one to which there doesn't appear to be a single solution that everyone has adopted. In terms of production cars, the approach of using a controlled fra... read more
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Bearing bore tag slots

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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In motorsport, the four-stroke engine is dominant in terms of numbers, and the vast majority of them use what we would describe as conventional shell bearings for both crankshaft main bearings and big ends. The most common method used to ensure prope... read more
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Coated bearing bores on con rods

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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There have been brief mentions in the pages of Race Engine Technology of the possibility of coating the big-end bore of con rods directly with the soft metal bearing coatings that we find on the surface of bearing shells. Further mentions have appear... read more
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Thrust-face design and finishing

Monday, July 04, 2011
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The forces acting on the con rod are considerable, and the components to which they are attached are surprisingly flexible, although they may not appear so when you pick up a component such as crankshaft. The deflections of the crankshaft (bending an... read more
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Avoiding the need to stagger

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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After inventing the internal combustion engine, it became clear that man always wanted more power, not only for racing and record-breaking, but also for his road vehicles. Today we have road-going production motorcycles that are more powerful than th... read more
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