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It's what makes Vader, VADER.
THE EPITOME OF ALUMINUM RACING RODS
We didn't buy into the "serrated circle edge" concept of maintaining strict cap alignment. Dowel pins are where it's at in this club.
A highly exotic thermal dispersant/oil shedding coating which increases longevity of the rod by lowering its core temperature.
The proprietary alloy we use to create our VADER rods exceeds the strength-to-weight ratio of the most exotic of metals. Including Grade 5 Titanium.
Standard procedure here is ARP2000 bolts with a 220,000 PSI rating. L19 grade of bolts available for certain applications.
Our exclusive "HI" Hybrid beam for amplified strength and twist resistance...the only racing rod of its kind in the world.
Specially designed pin oiling grooves as well as a more robust pin end for extra lubricity and strength.
THE STRONGEST ALUMINUM RACING ROD ON THE PLANET
Life as a VADER rod starts right here. Raw rod stock awaiting to be cut, sliced, diced, drilled, and contoured into something wonderful. At this stage, the alloy has been cryogenic processed and heat tempered…even before one metal chip is flown.
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.