Mazda CP-E Mazdaspeed 2.3L Turbo L3-VDT Manley I-Beam Rods
- Forged from 4240 aircraft quality vacuum degassed material
- Shot peened after machining to MIL spec and 100% individually magnafluxed
- Specifically designed to handle high horsepower applications when using turbos and/or nitrous
- 1,000+ horsepower capable
It is known for its toughness and high strength in the heat treated condition while retaining good fatigue strength. It is used for applications such as aircraft landing gear, power transmission gears and shafts, connecting rods, and other structural parts. The rods are shot peened for even more strength. Shot peening is a cold working process that produces a compressive residual stress layer and modifies the mechanical properties of the rods. It entails impacting a surface with shot (round metallic, glass or ceramic particles) with force sufficient to create plastic deformation essentially cold working the surface. Shot peening can increase fatigue life by up to 1000%. The materials and processing are closely monitored for optimum performance. The rods are designed and finish honed in the USA with sizes held to some of the tightest tolerances in the industry, +/- .0001" and +/- 1 gram per end. This important aspect is a must for a balanced rotating assembly. The Manley I-beam connecting rods also exclusively use ARP 2000 fasteners. From ARP's site on ARP 2000 fasteners, "ARP2000 is a heavily alloyed martensitic quench and temper steel, initially developed for use in steam power plants. As such it has excellent stability at high temperatures. But most important, ARP research discovered that in addition to temperature stability it has excellent notch toughness in the higher strength ranges and is alloyed to be tempered to Rc44/47. 8740 and 4340 can be tempered to the same hardness. But, the tempering temperature would yield material in the "temper brittle zone" (between 500º and 700ºF), producing significant notch sensitivity. ARP2000 is tempered above that temperature range and has a strength between 200 and 220 Ksi.