Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Columbia, MO USA
If you're not gonna beat on it then use the cast stuff!!
BUT, if you're gonna beat on it, buy the forged stuff!!!
Forged cranks are going for around $5 to $600 with some stroked a quarter. And something like a ROSS piston should fall in there too.
As for rods and bolts, RPM is the killer here!!!
Hold your rpm's down to 55-5700 w/max of 6000rpm and stock 3/8 bolt rods are fine with aftermarket bolts. Otherwise, get a lot better for 7000+rpm's!!
And, later on if you decide to use a little squeeze(NOS) or add a lung(blower), OR overwrap(high rpm's), you're covered.
And, don't forget to balance the whole she-bang. IMHO---pdq67