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Tuscan connecting rods represent the leading edge of technology for bottom end strength, reliability, and lightweight. Our Engineering staff utilizes the most modern technology to optimize these rods to a level never before seen at the enthusiast level. Give your engine a reliably strong connecting rod set that is rated for engines up to 1000BHP!
IE's Tuscan connecting rod sets are the best rods available for your European engine due to quality, custom application specific design, and thorough testing. Each Tuscan design is different from any other design because they are custom-crafted and optimized by our engineers using the latest CAD and FEA software. This is in contrast to the industry standard which simply resizes standard designs to fit new engines. Each application is vigorously tested in our in-house engine test cell. We have gone the extra mile to design specific big ends for each application, keeping the bearing in place and reducing chances of failures. This results in a connecting rod that is uniquely strong and light, for the ultimate in performance and reliability.
Each model is detailed out with a unique feature set that ensures proper operation within the unique demands of that engine. There is a particular emphasis placed on providing a stable foundation for the connecting rod bearing. By providing a stable platform for the rod bearing, much higher reliability is possible. For that reason, the feature set is not consistent across all models of IE Tuscan rods.
IE Tuscan rods for turbocharged applications feature a robust I-Beam design for incredible bending and torsional stiffness. Additionally, an extensive iterative process lead to the unique Egg shape of our rod beams, which lowers stresses as much as 20% compared to less evolved designs. This shape very evenly distributes the high comprehensive loading from a turbocharged engine onto the connecting rod beam. We then validated this success with over 18 months of field testing, powering numerous VW/Audi engines with over 1000bhp! In addition to being tough, IE Tuscan rods are also designed to minimize unnecessary weight on the connecting rod for an ultra balanced weight to strength ratio. Our engineering staff has spent countless hours trimming the fat- leaving exactly what is needed to get the reliability you want, with the weight you don't.
This level of attention to detail is mirrored in the manufacturing details as well. Each set of Tuscan connecting rods are honed in the USA to tolerances of around 250 millionths of an inch! This ensures amazing bearing reliability you really cannot find elsewhere in this price range. These rods are as round and true as any rods money can buy.
- Unique I-Beam design offers incredible bending and torsional stiffness
- Includes IE spec ARP 2000 rod bolts with "IE" stamp to ensure a genuine product
- Application specific design optimized for the MK7/MQB platform
- Industry leading connecting rod strength to weight ratio
- Honed to exacting tolerances within 250 millionths of an inch
- Forced pin oiling (Rifle Drilling) provides long wrist pin longevity
- Each connecting rod set is balanced to weights within +/- 1 gram
- Forged from vacuum drawn 2 piece 4340 chrome moly steel
- Dimensionally and MAGNAFLUX inspected for extreme reliability
- Combination tested to over 1000BHP on 4 cylinder engines
- Multi-stage heat treated for dimensional stability and fatigue life
- Integrated Engineering 144x22 Tuscan I-beam Connecting Rods
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|8V RS3 2.5L Turbo I5
|8Y RS3 2.5L Turbo I5
|B7 Passat 2.5L I5
|MK1 Beetle 2.5L I5
|MK2 Beetle (5C) 2.5L I5
|MK2 TT RS (8J) 2.5L Turbo I5
|MK3 TT RS (8S) 2.5L Turbo I5
|MK5 Jetta (1K) 2.5L I5
|MK5 Rabbit 2.5L I5
|MK6 Golf 2.5L I5
|MK6 Jetta (1B) 2.5L I5
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