Connecting Rods

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Connecting Rods

Post by bearrn61 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:08 pm

Has anyone purchased new connecting rods (standard) recently? I did, and there is a washer-looking item on top of the nuts. I don't want to crank them open until I know I'm not torqueing against something that needs to be removed. anyone know how?

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Re: Connecting Rods

Post by bearrn61 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:10 pm

washer on top of connecting rod nut, does that come off with nut, or is this another special item required to be removed before breaking open the connecting rod?

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Re: Connecting Rods

Post by dustrat » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:21 pm

What looks like a washer is part of nut. the flat washer surface goes against conrod to avoid damage to rod when you torque the nuts down.
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Re: Connecting Rods

Post by Marc » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:27 pm

That "washer" is there to be staked into the slots on early conn rods - has nothing to do with "protecting" anything. VW did away with those and went to a "plain" rod nut without the flange in the `70s (if I'm using that style of rod, the nuts get Loctite). The rods you bought must be either rebuilt early-style or new repops using that design.

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