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What determines connecting rod clearance?

Jeffrey Rodriguez

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Zach Chandler on August 5, 2018

The block casting. If the engine is in the vehicle, this is going to be more difficult. Preferably, the engine is an engine stand and turned upside down with the block of the skirt facing up. Remogo to your oil pan, and with your rotating and reciprocating assembly's installed, bar the engine. See the connecting rods as they travel, the caps of the connecting rod bearing end (where the rod bolt caps are) will come near the lower end of the cylinder. The stock crank has a throw that keeps the rods away from the bottle, so if you stroke an engine you can run into clearance issues. You will have to bring the engine to a machine shop and relieve the block (that is to say, they are going to remove a part of the casting that is interfering with the rod of crank rotation.


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