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Camshaft Selection

“What camshaft should I use?” How many times have you been asked or heard that question uttered? Why is it so difficult to choose the “correct” camshaft for an engine build? What separates one camshaft design from the other? After all, isn’t it true that a camshaft opens and closes valves? Simple, right? Well let’s

Racing Rods – Engine Builders Have Options

Choosing a set of connecting rods is one of the critical steps in a performance engine build. The rods have to be strong enough to handle the anticipated speeds and loads, but also affordable for customers who have a limited budget. Most stock rods in late model engines can safely handle 400 to 500 horsepower.

Surfing Safari – How Today’s Wake Surfing Craze Can Be Killing Marine Engines

According to some experts, wake surfing has become one of America’s hottest sports. For those of you who are actively involved in building engines for pavement or off-road racing, marine motors may seem to be either an obstacle or an opportunity – and you would be right in both cases. Wake surfing is the practice

High Performance Engine Bearings

Building a high performance engine is always an adventure. You never know how much horsepower and torque an engine will make until it’s on the dyno. And you never know how well the engine will hold up until it is put to the test on the strip, race track, street or water. The bearings that

Pistons and Rings – The Technical Price for Horsepower

Pistons and piston rings have been a hot topic of discussion among engine builders. At some point in our past, it seems as though there have been some piston shape and design changes along with some applied thermal and friction coatings – the same can also be said for piston rings. Piston rings seem to have become smaller with different shapes, finishes and coatings.

Valves and Valve Seats – There’s More than Meets the Eye

The valves and seats in an internal combustion engine play a central role in engine breathing, compression, performance and longevity. It doesn’t matter if an engine has two, three, four or even five valves per cylinder or if the engine is gas or diesel because the valves all do the same thing: they open and close to allow air into the cylinders and exhaust to exit the cylinders.

The Key to a Productive Test Cell – What you need to know about engine test cell support systems to ensure reliability

When it comes to a productive engine test cell, the key might surprise you. While the dynamometer satisfies the core requirements, support systems are especially critical to delivering performance – on top of the fact that these systems can significantly reduce risks associated with health-safety issues. And for OEM dealer and distributor networks where vehicle

Exhaust(ing) Your Options

Here in the pages of Engine Builder magazine we have countless articles about choosing the right set of pistons, putting in the perfect crankshaft, selecting the best connecting rods and the list goes on and on for identifying what parts and products go into your engines. However, there is one item we seldom cover –

High-Tech Tightening – Fasteners take their rightful place of importance

When you build your engines, you put measured thought into every component you use. From the intake system to the exhaust manifold, everything has its place and nothing is installed without careful consideration. But what about the fasteners? Some of the most critical components are held together with relatively low-cost fasteners including screws, nuts and

You Better Think – How to Find Your Niche in a Competitive Market

It was Aretha Franklin who said, ‘You better think…’ many years ago, and while she wasn’t speaking about engine building, the statement still applies to the engine builder’s business. Too often in this industry, and in any business for that matter, the status quo or how things have always been done is the standard. In

Shaking the Rust Off – Preventing and Getting Rid of Rust on Engine Parts

It’s said that water and oil don’t mix. Turns out moisture, air and metal don’t get along real well either. There are many things that can damage engine parts, causing them not to function correctly or be as dependable as they could be, and one of those variables not necessarily top of mind is rust.

Sourcing CNC Solutions – Making the decision for CNC may be scary, profitable

CNC machining equipment can be a double-edged sword to many engine builders that promises flexibility and profitability, yet often requires a significant upfront investment. As with any piece of equipment, there’s no “one size fits all” solution, and three top engine builders explain how they overcame the fear of financing and failure to find success