Hi Mark,I'm generally a lurker but this thread caught my interest. I noticed you went back to the same steel rods. Any particular reason? Wouldn't aluminum ones be lighter?
I'm curious from those in the know. I'll be needing to rebuild my engine before spring and thinking of replacing my 40 year old rods then add a big bore kit and probably a belt drive! Suggestions welcome and appreciated.
Where are you and what bike do you have?
I always use Thunder Engineering Con Rods on just about every bike I have, I am like you and do not trust 40 year old con rods.
Having said that Triumphs do not have a reputation for breaking rods, you are more likely to break the crankshaft.
Thunder Engineering con rods are superb quality and are often used competitively, I believe Alp Sungurtekin uses them along with Thunders strengthened crankcases.
Steve is a really nice and interesting guy, I have visited a couple of times and had a tour of his workshops.