i wished it was changed to a billet rod just for assurance. its heavier so no power gain but everyone keeps talking about keeping it cheap but yet theres 800-1000 buck motors being sold. if the forged rod is gonna be stronger, then id rather switch to it
billet rod has no performance advantage to it. some will argue that it does, but in all reality, a rod doesn't. long rods provide a way to increase power, but they don't produce anything. it's a safety factor and an endurance enhancer only. take a look at some of the pictures that have been posted on engines that had a stock rod give up. my home track allows them...had some engines go south on us and all most all of them have been caused by a stock rod letting go at 8K plus rpm....
Billet and "forged"(if there is such a thing) will be heavier and rev slower but be more reliable.
We've adopted a legal billet rod option at our track, provided you still pass tech on stroke and cc's.