More from 'Jeff Smith'

How to Break-In An Engine

You have one chance to break in an engine correctly. Doing it the right way is worth power, torque, and engine longevity. We walk you through the ideal way to break in a new or freshly built engine.
1 year ago

How To Tell If Your Pistons Are Still Good

Gamblers are a different breed. They know when it’s time to fold their hand and live to fight another day. The art of building high performance engines involves often pushing engines near their limit. A good engine builder knows how to stack the odds in his favor. Is reusing pistons worth the risk?
1 year ago

Sneak Peek: Ted Eaton's 2018 Engine Masters Challenge Engine is a 600HP Y-Block!

Ted Eaton, is an an Engine Masters Challenge Ace. We take a sneak peek at the 600+ horsepower Y-Block Ford he's bringing to Engine Masters 2018!
1 year ago

A Look at JE Perfect Skirt Coating and How It Compares to Other Coating Types

JE's revolutionary new Perfect Skirt coating is shaking up the engine-building world offering quiet engine operation with the strength of 2618 aluminum. But how does this revolutionary, new material stack up to other coatings in JE's arsenal?
2 years ago

Compression Ratio Theory and How to Calculate in Powersports

Whether you're buying pistons for a motorcycle, ATV, or UTV, you'll most likely see options in different compression ratios. Here we'll take a look how compression ratio is calculated, and how it can affect your engine, and race fuel requirements.
2 years ago

Piston Ring Materials Explained

Rings are rings right? Wrong! In addition to thickness and diameter, there are several different ring materials, styles, and coatings available to maximize performance in a variety of engine environments.
2 years ago

Everything You Wanted to Know About the GM LS Engine Family

It has become the most popular, most sought-after, and most studied GM engine of the 21st century. Yet we can trace the GM V8 LS family – Gen III and IV – with a nearly straight line right back to the origins of the 265 small-block Chevy that made its debut in 1955.
2 years ago

Why Do Piston Rings Keep Getting Thinner?

Piston rings have more than halved in thickness since the 1980s. Here's why they shrunk and why you shouldn't be worried about it!
2 years ago

Different Wrist Pin Oiling Styles Explained

Wrist pin oiling is a key element of piston design. We explain all of the different methods wrist pins are oiled.
2 years ago

2618 vs. 4032 Piston Material Differences

2618 and 4032, the two most prolific piston materials, have a long list of differences that make them best-suited for specific vehicle usage applications.
2 years ago