Originally Posted by hawkeye
Ok guys need some help. i'm getting ready to build a motor, a shovel, and need to the pros and cons of building a strocker or going stock. i have bought used cases have all other parts except rods (one is broke went through the case). so i have to buy new rods anyway. havn't checked checked the wheels yet so dont know if i can use them. but i do have new heads. my question is when building a stroker motor what all has to be changed from stock? is it worth it? any help will be helpful.
I agree, in that a mild stroker maintains reliability. Shovels are a tad doggy when bone stock, but a mild stroke, stock flywheels, a decent cam, upgraded carb and thought out exhaust make them run their best. The 1984 jugs were 1340ccs, over the 80cid ones used for the years prior.
You can check with some experienced builders regarding good slugs to run it it, and up the compression a little over stock, but not crazy, especially if it's kick-start only. If not, you'll be looking at compression releases installed in the heads.
My 72 had stock crank, Keith Black Hyperutectic pistons, stainless, Nitrid coated valves, 3 angle valve job, Andrews cam, Reworked Zenith/Bendix carb and shorty mufflers. It pulled that fat, heavy FL sled very well. It wasn't stroked, but had I kept it, that would have been the next step.....