Don't worry about the rods, watch the block!!
So after having nothing but problem after problem since my last engine build exactly 1 year and 33,000 miles ago, I am at it again. The final straw was coolant in my oil. Probably a blown headgasket. But either way, EVERYTHING was getting tore down and inspected. So today I found out the block had several cracks in it
. Boat Anchor. I had only dyno'd at 457, and used no drugs. My power combo was Swamps injectors, Gen3 big oil, a GTP38, OEM forged rods and a 99 block. So now what I have to wonder is can the block handle even 450hp for a length of time without help? Keeping in mind easily 10,000 miles of those 30 was towing a 12,000lb trailer.
So as I gaze into my crystal ball I see a main girdle, fire rings and maybe rods. And another few months of driving my 66 jeep.
Late 1999 F-250 CC, 4x4, SB. 05 nose, Diff, suspension and badges,dynomatted. Revtek2.5 inch lift, Detroit true-trac Red-head steering, AATCO Trans, PI TC, Crowers, Girdle and Fire-Rings, ARP Studs, Blueprinted, DI Camshaft and intercooler, Cut Mahle LC pistons, Swamps Gen3& hybrids, Tubos??, MBRP 4",DP tuner, VEGISTROKE, More $$tuff