Jeff Smith

  1. How to Break-In An Engine

    How to Break-In An Engine
    You have one chance to break in an engine correctly. Doing it the right way is worth power, torque, and engine longevity. We walk you through the ideal way to break in a new or freshly built engine.
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  2. How To Tell If Your Pistons Are Still Good

    How To Tell If Your Pistons Are Still Good
    Gamblers are a different breed. They know when it’s time to fold their hand and live to fight another day. The art of building high performance engines involves often pushing engines near their limit. A good engine builder knows how to stack the odds in his favor. Is reusing pistons worth the risk?
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  3. Sneak Peek: Ted Eaton's 2018 Engine Masters Challenge Engine is a 600HP Y-Block!

    Sneak Peek: Ted Eaton's 2018 Engine Masters Challenge Engine is a 600HP Y-Block!
    Ted Eaton, is an an Engine Masters Challenge Ace. We take a sneak peek at the 600+ horsepower Y-Block Ford he's bringing to Engine Masters 2018!
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  4. A Look at JE Perfect Skirt Coating and How It Compares to Other Coating Types

    A Look at JE Perfect Skirt Coating and How It Compares to Other Coating Types
    JE's revolutionary new Perfect Skirt coating is shaking up the engine-building world offering quiet engine operation with the strength of 2618 aluminum. But how does this revolutionary, new material stack up to other coatings in JE's arsenal?
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  5. Piston Ring Materials Explained

    Piston Ring Materials Explained
    Rings are rings right? Wrong! In addition to thickness and diameter, there are several different ring materials, styles, and coatings available to maximize performance in a variety of engine environments.
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  6. Everything You Wanted to Know About the GM LS Engine Family

    Everything You Wanted to Know About the GM LS Engine Family
    It has become the most popular, most sought-after, and most studied GM engine of the 21st century. Yet we can trace the GM V8 LS family – Gen III and IV – with a nearly straight line right back to the origins of the 265 small-block Chevy that made its debut in 1955.
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  7. Why Do Piston Rings Keep Getting Thinner?

    Why Do Piston Rings Keep Getting Thinner?
    Piston rings have more than halved in thickness since the 1980s. Here's why they shrunk and why you shouldn't be worried about it!
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  8. Different Wrist Pin Oiling Styles Explained

    Different Wrist Pin Oiling Styles Explained
    Wrist pin oiling is a key element of piston design. We explain all of the different methods wrist pins are oiled.
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  9. 2618 vs. 4032 Piston Material Differences

    Truck
    2618 and 4032, the two most prolific piston materials, have a long list of differences that make them best-suited for specific vehicle usage applications.
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  10. What is Vertical and Horizontal Gas Porting For Your Pistons?

    What is Vertical and Horizontal Gas Porting For Your Pistons?
    We explain the differences between horizontal and vertical gas porting on a piston and how it plays a role on ring seal.
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