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Rebuild rods on M96 or replace?

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I've tried to cut corners all along the way in my rebuild but still end up at the same place...replace everything I can afford; new 3.6 LN case, je pistons, updated IMS , balance recipricating assembly, new chains and paddles, aos, etc, etc.. But now I am down to the last MAJOR decision point (maybe).

Rebuild the stock rods with 100k on them or replace ? I have purchased new pin bushings and ARP bolts.

If I go aftermarket rods( approx.$1,500 or so) will my bottom end be essentially bullet proof and then can I drive the s#@! out of it and never worry about my rebuilt rods ? Its my first 911 so not sure what my future driving habits will be, track, autocross, whatever, but don't want to limit my options cause i got cheap, already have $9k in parts and machine work.

I am all ears.

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As we have already had this conversation, I will repeat what I said earlier:

"The stock Porsche rods are "adequate", but not great; any time rebuilding and upgrading a Porsche engine, we went with after market stuff; R&R and Carillo makes some very nice forged steel units, or you could jump for the big bucks and go titanium."

$9K+ is a lot to risk on reconditioned rods with 100K on them, and I personally would not re use quality aftermarket rods with that kind of miles on them.......................

Edited by JFP in PA
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