IE VR6 Tuscan I-Beam 164x20mm Rod Set 5/16" Rod Bolts
IE Tuscan 164x20mm Rods for VR6 Engines
VW 164X20 VR6 TUSCAN CONNECTING RODS
Tuscan connecting rods represent the leading edge of technology for bottom end strength, reliability, and light-weight 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!
- OEM factory installed VW VR6 pistons
- Aftermarket performance VR6 pistons with 20mm wrist pin
- Calico/ACL performance coated rod bearings - IE Part Number: CAL-VR6-RBSET
- OE replacement rod bearings - IE Part Number: OEM-12V-RBSET
IE TUSCAN 144X20 APPLICATIONS
2.8L VR6 with OEM & aftermarket pistons Engine Codes: AAA, AFP. BDF3.2L VR6 with OEM & aftermarket pistons Engine Codes: BJS
Are these are a direct replacement for my factory rods?
These rods fit VW VR6 engines when used with factory or aftermarket 20mm wrist pin pistons only. See the Fitment tab for a complete list of applications.
Is there a proper orientation to install the bearing tangs on our connecting rods?
We recommend installing the bearings tangs facing the exhaust side of the engine.
Are these connecting rods forged?
Yes, all Integrated Engineering Connecting Rods are manufactured from performance forgings. These forgings far exceed the quality of most factory rods that are typically made from powdered metal as a cost-saving measure.
Do these rods require any additional machine work for installation?
IE connecting rods are delivered to you in "ready to install" condition. Other engine machine work may be required though when rebuilding an engine, such as decking the block or boring and honing cylinder walls.
Is balancing the engine required when installing these connecting rods?
Since IE rods are sold in balanced sets this is not required. For the extreme performance application, this can still be done if desired.
What is the maximum RPM limit of these rods?
The maximum RPM limit can be affected by many factors. In this application, we suggest not exceeding 8500 RPM with ARP 2000 bolts. If you plan on exceeding this RPM level, consider upgrading to ARP 625+ bolts.
When should I upgrade to ARP 625+ rod bolts?
Generally speaking, high RPM conditions put the most stress on rod bolts as the rod and cap are literally being pulled in opposite directions. If you plan on pushing your engine far past factory redline or 8500 RPM we would suggest upgrading to 625+ ARP bolts. Call to specialty order +625 bolts: (801) 781-5676
Do I need rifle drilling?
Rifle drilling is not required. However, we do strongly recommend it for a daily driver and/or high mileage applications. Rifle drilling has been proven to extend wrist pin and bushing life and has also been utilized over the years in several VW/Audi factory connecting rods.
What are the most common reasons for connecting rod failure?
As one of highest stressed components in the engine, there are several things that can contribute to a failure. The most common failure is caused by improper installation followed by improper tuning. We recommend that you seek professional help for both installation and tuning. Oiling system health is also essential to ensuring safe engine operation. Momentary oil starvation can result in spun rod bearings and engine failure. In extreme applications also be sure that you are using heavy duty wrist pins. On many of the pistons, we offer we either include stout wrist pins or offer them as an upgrade.