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Thread: Mahle Pistons ? How much spray can they handle

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    Member MASTER JOURNEYMAN
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    Mahle Pistons ? How much spray can they handle

    I picked up a set BNIB on a deal and didnt have time to do any research...

    We plan on running them with a 300shot plate system
    on a 489 BBC........ They look OK but I am worried about the high silicon content may want to cry and quit when they see some n20 action

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
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    I'm not a fan of Mahle pistons, but i can tell you that a friend built a 383" with a street blower, 6 lbs. boost, and the very first time he stepped on it, it broke 6 of the 8 pistons. They seperated at the top ring groove, and the rings had .028 end gap at assmy. I think you might be flirting with danger with any amount of nitrous.

    JMO

    Zip.

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    Yup,I agree so Ill be selling them off - lesson leaned
    I'll opt for Diamond instead

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    I have heard mahle are not good for nos or boost.

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    i guess the 2618 alloy aluminum is a much better grade for nitrous or boost applications by what ive read.ive heard the entry level forged pistons are ok for low levels but moderate and higher 2618 is better

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    From Mahle Tec :

    Mitch,

    A properly tuned 300hp nitrous system should be fine. These pistons use 2618 alloy forgings and will hold up to a fair amount of abuse. As you mentioned detonation is a piston killer and as long as you stay away from sustained periods of it you should be ok.

    Best Regards,

    Trey McFarland
    MAHLE Motorsports, Inc.


    I think I'll keep them and give them a whirl - the larger dome pistone like the ones I have are the 2618 alloy - many others are not,,,,,,,


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