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Old 10-04-2012, 11:19 AM
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Default FT-240 / FT-300 Connecting Rod

I've heard the bronze connecting rods supplied with early OS FT-240 engines have been known to seize on the crankshaft and basically destroy the engine. This happened to a person who also said there was a steel connecting rod available for the FT-240/300, with bronze bushed ends. When I search for such a part (#46205000), though, the photo is of a solid bronze connecting rod.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Can anyone provide a bit more background? Is this something to be concerned about?

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:04 AM
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Default RE: FT-240 / FT-300 Connecting Rod

If you use a fuel with proper lubrication, don't try to overload the engine, and keep it properly-cooled, you won't have a problem. To our knowledge there never were any steel connecting rods used. There may have been after-market parts, but we haven't heard of any.
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Default RE: FT-240 / FT-300 Connecting Rod

Thanks, Bax, appreciate the reply. Must have been a one-off problem.
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