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Re: 3SGTE Rav4

Postby jacubillo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:55 am

Valve cover removed. Is it normal to get such a clean valvetrain?

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Head taken off:

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Cylinder tops are not that clean... I'll get my mechanic to come home and take a look to hear what he has to say about this.

Opinions?

BTW, I read that the gen4 rods are a weak part on these engines. How weak? If I plan to get 300 to 350 HP am I safe with the stock gen4 rods or should I replace them with gen3 ones?
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Re: 3SGTE Rav4

Postby MWP » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:39 am

Very clean!
Must be fairly low miles, and have had regular oil changes.

The carbon on the pistons is normal & no problem.

Yes, the rods are weaker, but wont be a problem at 300hp with a good tune.
Above 350 you are starting to push their strength though.
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