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The factory C8AE Ford connecting rods shown here (5.0885-5.0915-inches center-to-center) will easily handle the power. L & R Automotive Supply Company has reconditioned them and installed 5/16-inch ARP bolts, which works well for a 300-horse engine. One option is to have 3/8-inch bolts installed during rod reconditioning, which gets these rods to 289 Hi-Po/Boss 302 specs. This costs only marginally more.