I thought I would start a new thread with my own crank problem. I purchased a +3mm stroker crank for my 04 honda. I tore the topend down but had a dealer do the bottom end. I got it all back together and went and did some dyno runs.
I was horrified to find out that I LOST power. It was a solid hp over the entire range and acouple points of tq as well. Irratated I took my bike home. I tore the topend down trying to find an error in assembly. I could not figure out what was wrong. After the tear down, I still could not find any problems. Every thing was correct and within spec. I installed a different cam in hopes that would change some things. I rode the bike and the power seemed different, but I still knew I wasn't where I needed to be. I have contacted several builders and hotrods directly and no-one could understand why, this was happening.
Then one nite I thought that there was 1 thing I didn't check. It was the one thing, that made me real nervous. I tore the topend down again. I took note of the forging number on the rod. I sent an email to hotrods asking if this was the correct rod for the stroker crank. The number on the rod was HR 632. Of coarse I figured this out on the friday after thanksgiving so I had to wait til the following monday to find out for sure. Although I looked on hotrods website and the part number for a oem style honda rod was 8632. At this point in time I knew I was screwed.
I got the email from hotrods and they told me it WAS the right rod. Not being satisfied with this, I called hotrods and after confronting them with I thought it was odd the oem style rod part# was so similar, they looked a bit deeper and figured out this was definatly a oem style rod. Meaning I had the wrong crank. Anyhow, I thought this would be the end of this, I would get a new crank and some compensation for cost associated with putting one of these in. I don't have to tell many of you about the cost associated with installing one of these things. Bearings and gaskets can be an easy $200 with shipping(especially when not all parts come from the same place. I paid $240 for the bottom end install alone. Then figuring in my time, a wasted tune, 3 trips to a dealer 160 miles away each round trip. The cost really adds up.
Well, they(hotrods) wanted me to contact the distributer who drop shipped the crank to me. I thought this was rather odd, as I didn't have any actual dealing personally with them. The guy I talked to was pretty cool and tryed to help me. He himself seemed pretty surprised that hot rods would send me to him. Hot rods told him they would exchange the crank for the correct one. I told him that was all fine and dandy, but a crank isn't a spark plug that can be pulled out with little or no fuss. I was then referred back to hotrods again.
I understand every company makes mistakes, sometimes bad things get out or correct item in a wrong container. Just I don't think I should have to pay for ALL the cost of their mistake.I have been waiting on posting about this hoping they would step up and help me out here. I would then be able to come on here and tell everyone how they stepped up for me.
Anyhow, I get a email back yesterday. They wanted a list of my mods and dyno charts. I figured we were past this but I sent them the info anyhow. I then get another reply...... they wanted me to assemble the thing again, buy some more gaskets, install my other cam hotcam stage3 (original runs were with the hrc), and go dyno tune it again and "I should see the gains I'm looking for". I must say I'm alittle stunned. Why would I go through all that expense again? I got the wrong **** crank.......Why should I spend more money on a build, that I already had? I wanted a stroker crank, I paid for a stroker crank, I WANT a stroker crank. Since a rep. of hotrods has posted here maybe this person can help me out. Maybe I'm talking to the wrong person or whatever, but since I didn't get a reply to my email yesterday stating that I wanted the crank problem addressed. I figured now was the time to let everyone here know about this. Right now, it seems like they are trying to sidestep the problem. I got the wrong rod, so pretty much this crank has to come out.