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2618 vs. 4032 Piston Material Differences

Before a single machining operation is performed, the perfect aluminum alloy must be selected. 2618 and 4032, the two most prolific piston materials, have a long list of differences that make them best-suited for specific applications. 

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Bead Blasting Billet Pistons for Extra Strength

Bead blasting the bottom surface of billet pistons helps to eliminate stress risers and makes for a more robust foundation. 

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What is Vertical and Horizontal Gas Porting For Your Pistons?

We explain the differences between horizontal and vertical gas porting on a piston and how it plays a role on ring seal. Is horizontal (laterial) or vertical gas porting better for you?

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Are Thinner Rings Worth More Power?

We built two identical sets of pistons for our friends at Hot Rod so they could test how thicker versus thinner rings affect an engine's performance. Check out the interesting results!

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Custom Pistons 101: What You Need to Know

Shelf versus custom pistons. What's the differences and what are the options? We give you a high level overview of where custom pistons differ, including billet.

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