Prepare for awesomeness.
Hot off the machines.
Installation error decreaser.
Rod Bolt Stretch Gauge
Pro engine builder ramblings.
Stretch for Life
Why you need this tool
It's what makes Vader, VADER.
We didn't buy into the "serrated circle edge" concept of locating the cap. Using hardened steel dowel pins is the only way to fully achieve strict cap alignment and maintain bore concentricity under brutal conditions...all the time and every time.
A completely redesigned beam from the ground up! Formula 1 car inspired delivering superb strength and twist resistance while keeping the rod as light as possible.
NOT a chemical treatment but a highly exotic sprayed-on, thermal dispersant coating that increases the longevity of the rod by lowering its core temperature.
A completely new cap design featuring a wider mating area at the parting line to decrease "rocking" while at the same time, keeping the weight down by strategic lightening procedures.
PEDAL TO THE MEDAL
This exotic alloy was chosen for its insane resistance to fatigue crack propagation with "off the charts" fracture toughness...all greater than the competitors' 7075 alloys.
Specially designed pin oiling grooves, as well as a "tear-dropped", more robust pin end for extra pin lubricity and strength...with material added only where it's needed most.
GO TO THE DARK TO SEE THE LIGHT
Life as a VADER rod starts right here. Raw rod stock awaiting to be cut, sliced, diced, drilled, and contoured into something wonderful.
We also drop the entire connecting rod into a vibratory machine to not only fine-tune some de-burring duties but to eliminate stress risers at the same time.
HONED TO PERFECTION
As a standard practice to do at this power level, the big-end bores are precision honed (within .0002″) to precise “on split” standards, and pin bores are honed with the proper clearance to the pin—no tapered bores…no blown-out ends.
REAL WORLD FACTS
So, you want REAL-WORLD facts? We can share a few of our customer’s past experiences while using our VADER racing rods on both street and track:
200+ passes for three seasons in a 7-second Outlaw car exceeding 250 horse per bore
Over 400 highly abusive passes spinning them at over 10 grand through the traps in a consistent 7-second bracket car
Exceeding 9 years of hard use in a 600-horse weekend street car
Of course, these numbers aren't a "catch-all" for every racing scenario out there. But nonetheless, these big little tidbits are sort of a big deal...and just a very small sampling of what our VADER racing rods are being subjected to right at the track...not at the bench.
YEARS OF USE