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Pushrods and Springs as a Precaution?

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    Pushrods and Springs as a Precaution?

    Hey guys, I'm starting to get a little uneasy about having stock pushrods and springs being that they are the weak links. I know there's one member on here that had his LS1 throw a rod at like 60k. So would it make sense to go in and switch out with some hardened chrome-moly rods and do the springs while I'm at it? It seems like a small price to pay for insurance and peace of mind.
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    ..subscribed...I'd like to hear what others think too...

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    Do you have a stock cam ? If so the stock springs should last a good long while. If you have something else then it depends on your cam and how much you have driven it. With my mild cam (226/228 .585/.588 lsa 112) I have Patriot Gold Double Springs because I wanted some more security. I am still running the stock pushrods since I would rather have a bend pushrod then a bent valve.

    As for someone throwing a rod. Usually, they are referring to a connecting rod. One thing about cars is almost anything can happen at any time. You can curve luck to be better for you, but anything can break. I have broken gears in a mostly stock T56 with my old 94 Camaro's LT1 (should easily have been able to handle the power that was getting thrown at it and it was never even raced).

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    I'm stock for now. And I agree that it's much much better to bend a rod than a valve. So I guess what I really want to know is what is the worst than can happen when a pushrod goes?

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    yea stock springs can barely handle our engines stock..i'd change out the springs..but really with pushrods..you dont have to much to worry about if you know how to shift.

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