Jim Smart
January 1, 2001
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289/302 Small-Block Stroker Kits
Stroker kits for the 289/302 are plentiful, ranging from low-buck budget to the high-priced spreads for racing applications. Your mission and your budget directly determine what kit is best for you. Resist the temptation to order the greatest displacement available for your block, because it may not be appropriate. If you're going to push the engine, opt for better rods, pistons, and a steel crank. Weekend racers and cruisers will live fine with a cast crank and factory-style I-beam connecting rods.

Ford Performance Solutions 317 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.100-inch stroke
  • High-nodular-iron early 302 crankshaft
  • Eagle 5.400-inch connecting rods
  • Ross ultralite forged pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Childs & Albert piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $1,800

Nowak Racing Engines 327 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.200-inch stroke
  • Australian 302 nodular-iron crankshaft
  • Eagle 5.400-inch connecting rods
  • Nowak forged-aluminum pistons
  • Michigan 77 main and rod bearings
  • Childs & Albert or Speed-Pro piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,500

Coast High Performance 331 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.235-inch stroke
  • Early 302 nodular-iron crankshaft
  • English Ford 1,600cc engine
  • 5.200-inch connecting rods
  • Probe forged-aluminum pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,000

Ford Racing Technology 347 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.400-inch stroke
  • Cast-steel crankshaft
  • 4340 steel 5.315-inch connecting rods
  • Wiseco forged-aluminum flat-top pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Childs & Albert piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,000

Ford Performance Solutions 347 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.400-inch stroke
  • High-nodular 351C crankshaft
  • Eagle 5.400-inch H-beam rods
  • Ross ultralite forged-aluminum pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Childs & Albert piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,500

Coast High Performance 347 ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.400-inch stroke
  • Cast-steel crankshaft
  • Blue Thunder 5.315-inch I-beam rods
  • Probe forged-aluminum pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Childs & Albert piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,000

Speed-O-Motive 357ci

  • 302 block
  • 3.500-inch stroke
  • 351C nodular-iron crankshaft
  • Eagle 5.400-inch connecting rods
  • Ross custom-forged pistons
  • Clevite 77 main and rod bearings
  • Speed-Pro piston rings
  • Kit price: Starting at less than $2,500