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    sbc 383 crank and rods

    what brand crank and rods would you use for a 383 and why?

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    It would depend on several different things.

    Crankshaft;
    Maximum horsepower.
    Budget.
    What rods would be used.

    Oddly I prefer the factory 400 cranks for all but the highest horsepower applications. I have used them in over 800 horse applications.
    Next would be the Eagle 4340 cranks
    Next would be the Callies if not the Howard. Howard is less money.

    Rods;
    Eagle H-beam with standard bolts.
    Eagle H Beam with ARP 2000 bolts.
    Lunati Pro Mod Rods.

    Why Eagle instead of another brand? I am an Eagle Dealer. A Scat Dealer would prefer Scat.

    I hate the Cast Steel Crankshafts from everyone selling them.

    On a tight budget 383;
    Factory 400 crank cut down or a forged steel 5140 crank.
    Factory 400 5.565 rods with ARP 190,000 psi or at the least Pioneer or Milodon 180,000 psi rod bolts and nuts.
    Any piston for a 350 chevy with a stock compression distance of 1.560

    Cheap. decent and capable of surprising power.
    Be sure to balance full assembly.

    Ed
    " Let all things that hath breath, praise the Lord. Praise Ye the Lord" Psalms 150 vs 6.

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    Good recommendations Ed!
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