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Post  glenevans on August 8th 2015, 1:13 am

I am having a hard time getting even .020 clearance on my scat 6.7 rods using extra clearance bearings (545 stroker). I am going to have the rod big ends resized. I see online most BBC rod bores are listed @ 2.325", so my question is, should I have the machine shop size them to that size or a little bigger? thanks-glen

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Re: rod bearing clearance

Post  DaveMcLain on August 8th 2015, 9:15 am

Where are you trying to get .020 clearance?


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Post  glenevans on August 8th 2015, 10:28 am

oops, .002 clearance, not .020 ha ha.

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Re: rod bearing clearance

Post  rmcomprandy on August 8th 2015, 10:55 am

I would say the crankshaft is probably on the high limit; do whatever you gotta do.

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Post  glenevans on August 8th 2015, 11:08 am

ok thanks, I'll get the rods measured so we know if they are "tight" or crank is "big"

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Post  Lem Evans on August 8th 2015, 11:17 am

glenevans wrote:ok thanks, I'll get the rods measured so we know if they are "tight" or crank is "big"

It could be some of both.

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Post  glenevans on August 8th 2015, 11:23 am

probably like you say, thanks for the help guys

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Re: rod bearing clearance

Post  cool40 on August 8th 2015, 1:42 pm

How are you checking it?
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Post  glenevans on August 8th 2015, 2:30 pm

green plastigage (not the most accurate), but my old bearings do show small amount of heat coloring after running it the last few years, so I am trying to open the clearance up a bit

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Post  rmcomprandy on August 8th 2015, 5:30 pm

Plastigauge is not completely accurate for the true dimension but, it is quite accurate when used for comparison sake.

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Post  glenevans on August 9th 2015, 12:38 am

Yes, that's about all I'm doing, by the way Randy, I still haven't put your cam in my EFI 460 yet, but the headers and adj. fuel pressure mods have helped the truck quite a bit.

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Post  69BOSS on August 9th 2015, 12:51 pm

try a set with .001 extra clearance, King CR808xpnstdx. Clevite makes em too. Also depends on if you're using coated bearings.
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Post  bbf-falcon on August 9th 2015, 1:02 pm

69BOSS wrote:try a set with .001 extra clearance, King CR808xpnstdx. Clevite makes em too. Also depends on if you're using coated bearings.

I do this a lot, works fine.

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Post  cool40 on August 9th 2015, 1:22 pm

glenevans wrote:green plastigage (not the most accurate), but my old bearings do show small amount of heat coloring after running it the last few years, so I am trying to open the clearance up a bit
did you check clearance with old bearings? Just to compare where you are with the new? You could have other reasons for your bearings looking like that. Plastigage ain't very accurate on rod bearings,IMO.
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Post  glenevans on August 9th 2015, 1:44 pm

I did, but like you are saying, it is really hard to do without turning crank, wiggling rod, etc., with old bearings it was less than .0015 on the plastigage, I guess I thought that was ok back in '08 when I first put it together Shocked The other problem at the time was the flat tappet cam I was running, the company that ground it said to use 20w-50 oil, then combine that with the tight bearing fit, could have been really bad

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Post  cool40 on August 9th 2015, 2:28 pm

The solid ft cam could have been part of your bearing issue.I've had too much top end oiling with solid ft before causing psi drop at high rpm. That doesn't however change your bearing clearance , lol... Cool
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Post  glenevans on August 9th 2015, 3:50 pm

I am just trying to get this thing up and running for the Halloween Classic in Boise, first part of October. Then maybe take it to Las Vegas in November (not in any of the fast nitrous classes) Street car race. My car is a 1969 Mach 1, all steel/full stock interior. I bought this car in December of 1982, $2100.00 back then ha ha

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