Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cave Creek, Arizona
In another post a while back, I was talking about the differences in side loading that seemed to always pop up when discussing a short rod stroker. I know Mix was against it in the past, and I had an open mind since that's what I do best - analyze shtuff. I ran the numbers and it turns out there isn't that much difference at all in the side loading between these two setups, so that part of the equation goes away. Now, there is the issue of piston availability and I think the HotRods stroker has an advantage in options - although you still have to check to clearances when dropping the piston into the cylinder, so there may be piston mods needed. I am quite sure as this crank gets installed in more builds, there will be more info and pistons that do not need mods. Cost - well, there's obviously an advantage to HotRods here. Balancing - who says you can't have the HotRods crank balanced if you want? Is it worth it? I can't say. You would think that a well balanced motor would obviously not vibrate any more than stock - possibly less - but my 477 wasn't balanced and I didn't have any vibe problems. I don't expect any from my 511 either. Bearings - I don't know what lower rod bearing they use for the HotRods crank - but I haven't heard of any issues with any of them, so I can only assume they are fine. I understand the stock rod stroker uses a stock rod bearing. I have seen more issues with the stock rods breaking, but not so much about the rod bearings actually failing.
There can also be some differences in the actual rotating mass of these new cranks. Maybe they rev slower, maybe not.
The way I look at it, there isn't a "wrong" way to build the bottom end. I am obviously banking on the HotRods crank wirking out for me. The last thing I need is to have a problem build.
07 HD FLHT - sorry, but let's face it, riding a hog gets you laid more than riding a trx ;-)
06 TRX511ER - SOLD
Venom Porting and Head Mods with +1 KW Valves all around
Venom 100mm 14.25:1 Piston
Venom Modded ESR Intake
Venom Modded 43mm FCR with Rat Stack
Hot Rods +3 Stroker
MaxPower Ice Cube Cylinder
Early HRC Cam