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Forged vs. Cast
lmp320 Offline
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okay gearheads, i am in the midst of a complete rebuild of a non intercooled 2.3. i am about to buy the pistons i need, and my question is, is there any advantage to having forged over cast iron, or vice versa. basically, which is best?

Dan E Offline
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In a turbo application you should only use the forged pistons ! The cast pistons will not hold up and you will be replacing them, the head and maybe even the block...

They must also be dished pistons in order to maintain the 8:1 compression ratio. Flat tops would bump the compression ratio to 9:1.

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**PathogeN** Offline
Email me sometime to see what happens to a non forged piston subjected to my foot on the floor and 18 pounds of boost (didn't know I got F'ed when motor was built). DO NOT do this.
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Soon after buying my '83 it blew a piston coming up the hill. Tore it down and found that someone had put "Pinto" pistons in it. I used TRW forged pistons & it's got well over 200k on the shortblock, although it's time to do it again......another project on my "list".


[This message has been edited by TRBOBRDS (edited 03-27-2002).]

BJL Offline
what woudl ahppen if you used 9:1 compression psitons?
woud it blow the motor?
i think that it owudl help lkow end poiwer, but wil it blow the head off the block?

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Chris Ruhl Offline
You could use a flat top piston to get a 9:1 compression ratio, but I would do some porting work to the head and also add new larger valves, new valve springs, seats, seals, and guides. From working around high performance engines, you could also run an aluminum piston. Whatever is the case, just make sure that your upper half of the engine will hold up from your lower half.

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