Connecting rods are by Carillo, weigh 600 grams. They measure 6.250-inches, center-to-center. These high-strength steel rods can be custom-made in any dimensions. "Even with the $2,500 contingency money tempting me, I could not bring myself to use a set of $500 rods in this engine. I found a new set of Carrillo rods at Gary's Used Race Car Parts in High Point, North Carolina. Priced at $1,000, they were $750 cheaper than my normal price. The spec card listed them as custom built for Richard Childress Racing in 1998. It hit me then; these were Earnhardt's rods. Because they were offset for small-block Chevy use, the pin end did not reside in the center of the big Ford's piston. I needed to cut new bearing notches in the opposite side of the housing bore, chamfer the other side of the big end, and turn the rod around. The bushings were pressed out bored for a .990-inch pin. The Casidium-coated wrist pin was run directly on the steel rod end."