Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Somewhere down in Texas
I see people get talked into things they don't need way too often. A good aftermarket CAST crank is stronger than a stock block, and a forged crank is not needed an any stock block build, because the block itself is the weak link. Prepping the block with good hardware and keeping cap walk to a minimum is the key to making the engine live. Not a forged crank. H beam rods are heavy, and not needed. The heavier the rotating mass, the harder it is on the block, and it will slow the acceleration.
Keep the suspension basic. I run a completely stock front end, with Calvert 90/10s, and Caltracs on the rear. My POS is pushing in the 800 hp range, with one of those junky ol cast cranks and I beam rods. I shift it at 6400 RPMs, I drive the car 7000 miles a year, and it has excellent street manners. It has cut 1.29 60's, with basically stock suspension, and has been 6.12, which is a mid 9. The car has been running solid for over 2 years, and I beat the crap out of it. Don't believe everything you read on the internet about buying products that you don't need. Keep it simple.