VADER

THE EPITOME OF ALUMINUM RACING RODS

OUT TO DESTROY THE ALUMINUM RACING ROD MARKET

VADER

dowel pins used for racing rod cap alignment

NO SERRATIONS

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 racing rod thermal dispersant coated

VADER COATED

A highly exotic thermal dispersant/oil shedding coating which increases longevity of the rod by lowering its operating temperature

our alloy bar stock is stronger than Grade 5 Titanium

EXCEEDING TITANIUM

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.

VADER racing rod
ARP2000 standard issue bolts in our racing rods

BOLTS 101

Standard procedure here is ARP2000 bolts with a 220,000 PSI rating. L19 grade of bolts available for certain applications.

pocketed beams in our racing rods for strength

POCKETED BEAMS

Our exclusive "HI" Hybrid beam for amplified strength and twist resistance...the only racing rod of its kind in the world.

cryogenic controller showing -300 degrees F.

CRYO PROCESSED

Fully CRYO PROCESSED at -300F for superior grain refinement and increased strength. All done in-house. It's not snake-oil.

THE STRONGEST ALUMINUM RACING ROD ON THE PLANET

alloy bar stock to create our racing rods in raw form

EMBRYONIC STAGE

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.

VADER racing rod in vibratory tumbler machine

GOOD VIBRATIONS

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.

VADER racing rod being measured on sunnen bore guage

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 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.

SEASON USAGE
PASSES
YEARS OF USE

CUSTOMER SOAPBOX

"When I opened the box, my first thought was 'These rods are too nice to hide inside a motor!' I'm very impressed with FFWD's quality and service. Totally bad-ass!"  -Daniel Tanner

"I've tried every rod on the market, and when I gave these a go, I knew I had found a new rod supplier for our racing program. We're in for keeps!" -Peter Bauer

"VADERS are the only rods that lasted us the entire season in our bracket car. That in itself kept our point standing intact to stay in the game. Customer for life." -John Strictland

"Being a weekend warrior, I didn't have a large racing budget. Although these rods aren't the cheapest, you do have to be rich to buy cheap parts. Thanks guys for the hook-up!" -Charles Brinkman

WHY FFWD?

UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY

We continually strive to put a smile on our customers' face by creating connecting rods with incredible attention to detail. OCD is at full throttle as we constantly improve our products to exceed their expectations.

EXPERIENCE

FFWD has been producing superior quality racing components and giving unparalleled service and support in the automotive performance sector since 1999. It's no wonder why we have so many repeat customers and gaining new ones each and every day.

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

When people are asked why they use VADER racing rods, the answers are nearly always the same: "unique", "reliability", and "impeccable service". We treat our customers like family!

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