IE Forged Drop-In Connecting Rods VW & Audi 144X21 | Fits MK6/B8 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 & 2 With Stock Pistons
When increasing the power output of your EA888 2.0T Gen 1 & 2 engine, internal parts begin to fail as they are pushed far beyond their original factory spec limits. Integrated Engineering Forged Connecting Rods are designed to replace the factory units and take the beating from today's high-output power modifications. Drive fast and reliably with IE performance rods, guaranteed to support 700HP!
IE drop-in rods are designed to be used with the stock 21mm tapered wrist pin pistons in your engine. No modification or machine work is required, making for a faster and easier connecting rod upgrade. Most builds utilizing drop-in rods can be done with the block remaining in the vehicle. Perfect for engine builders looking to upgrade power beyond stock rod levels, but the power limits of the stock pistons have not been reached.
- CENTER TO CENTER: 144mm
- WRIST PIN DIAMETER: 21mm
- BIG END JOURNAL WIDTH: 21.90mm
- WRIST PIN STYLE: Tapered rod for stock 21mm pistons
- BIG END JOURNAL DIAMETER: 50.60mm
- AVERAGE ROD WEIGHT (WITH BOLTS): 522 grams
- ROD BOLT DIMENSIONS: 3/8" x 1.5" UHL
H BEAM DESIGN
The H-beam design is the workhorse of our connecting rod product line. This design features strength, durability, stiffness and rigidity. IE H-beam Connecting Rods are a great upgrade over weaker factory units.
All IE rods are designed specifically for the application using relevant cylinder pressure and other application-specific factors. We put our vast European engine knowledge to use when designing each application.
Honing the connecting rod big end in-house on state of the art equipment ensures the tolerances are set correctly to ensure proper bearing operation. Lesser quality rods are often not honed with the same attention to detail.
MATERIAL FORGED 4340
Made from strong and durable 2 piece 4340 forgings these rods will withstand almost everything you can throw at them.
IE/ARP ROD BOLTS
All IE rods come standard with ARP 2000 rod bolts. The rod bolts included in every set of IE rods are stamped with the letters "IE" as a way to ensure you have a genuine set of IE rods.
INCLUDED ARP 2000 ROD BOLT TORQUE SPECS
*The following torque spec is for the included ARP 2000 3/8" rod bolts using the included ARP assembly lubricant only. Do not follow this guide using ARP +625, other assembly lubricant, or alternative bolts.
The preferred method of measuring bolt load is with a stretch bolt gauge. The included ARP 2000 bolts need to be tightened and measured to .006” of stretch using the included ARP assembly lubricant.
When using a high quality torque wrench, first verify the torque wrench has not been dropped and is properly calibrated. A un-calibrated torque wrench can lead to under/over torque and rod bolt failure. Torque each rod bolt to a final torque of 50 ft/lbs. We recommend torquing the bolt, breaking it loose, and re-torquing the bolt 3 times per bolt. This ensures proper rod bolt stretch and that the rod cap is fully seated. Do not exceed 50 ft/lbs. This torque spec is based off the included ARP assembly lubricant.
Connecting rods are some of the highest stressed components in an engine and thus require extreme attention to detail to ensure proper operation and reliability. Integrated Engineering ensures the success of your next engine build by putting each set of connecting rods though a rigorous quality control process. For years Integrated Engineering H-beam Rods have been an integral part of delivering the power that the highest powered turbo setups and race engines demand.
Extra attention has been paid to even the smallest details such as the bearing tangs, wrist pin fit, and big end side clearance, providing a level of fit and finish not found anywhere else. Each and every set is finish machined and honed in-house for perfectly round and on size big-end bores, resulting in the industry's lowest failure rates. All rods in this series feature generous wrist pin oiling, and optional rifle drilling. One of the hallmarks of a high quality connecting rod is its strength to weight ratio. In order to create this balance of strength and light weight, our optimized H beam design is utilized and validated using modern CAD drafting and FEA analysis techniques. These techniques ensure the rod is as light and strong as possible, perfected for today's powerful and high rpm European applications.
- Audi - A4 2009-2015 (B8 - B8.5) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - A4 Allroad 2009-2015 (B8 - B8.5) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - A5 2008-2015 (B8 - B8.5) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - Q5 2008-2015 (8R) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - A6 2012-2015 (C7 - C7.5) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - TT 2008-2015 (MK2 - 8J) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - A3 2006-2013 (MK2 - 8P) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- Audi - Q3 2011-2015 (8U) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - GTI 2006-2009 (MK5) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - GTI 2010-2014 (MK6) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - Jetta & Jetta GLI 2010-2014 (MK6) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - Jetta SportWagen 2011-2014 (MK6) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - CC 2009-2015 (3C8) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - Passat 2006-2010 (B6) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - EOS 2006-2015 (1F7) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
- VW - Beetle 2011-2015 (MK2) 2.0T TSI EA888 Gen 1 & 2 engines*
*ENGINE CODES: CCTA, CCZA, CCZB, CBF, CBFA, CAEB
*REQUIRES FACTORY 21MM WRIST PIN TAPERED PISTONS ONLY
AVAILABLE ROD BEARINGS
Mahle Motorsport performance rod bearings - IE Part Number: MAH-VC1027
Calico/ACL performance coated rod bearings - IE Part Number: CAL-4B1606H
OE replacement rod bearings - IE Part Number: OEM-18T-RBSET
AVAILABLE ROD INSTALL KITS
2.0T TSI Performance Install Kit - IE Part Number: OEM-TSI-RIK
Are these are direct replacement for my factory rods?
These rods fit VW/Audi EA888 Gen 1 & 2 TSI engines found in many VW/Audi MK6 chassis and are a direct replacement for the factory rod when installed with 21mm tapered wrist pin factory pistons only. This connecting rod is not compatible with aftermarket pistons.
Is there a proper orientation to install the bearing tangs on our connecting rods?
We recommend installing the bearings tangs facing the exhaust side of the engine.
Are these connecting rods forged?
Yes, all Integrated Engineering Connecting Rods are made from tough and durable 4340 forgings. These forgings far exceed the quality of most factory rods that are typically made from powdered metal as a cost saving measure.
What other parts will be needed to install my new IE connecting rod set?
We recommend at minimum you should use a new set of connecting rod bearings when installing rods.
Do these rods require any additional machine work for installation?
IE connecting rods are delivered to you in "ready to install" condition. Other engine machine work may be required though when rebuilding an engine, such as decking the block or boring and honing cylinder walls.
Is balancing the engine required when installing these connecting rods?
Since IE rods are sold in balanced sets this is not required. For extreme performance application this can still be done if desired.
What is the horsepower rating on these connecting rods?
Many high horsepower VW and Audi vehicles use IE rods. We rate our 4 cylinder H-beam rods for 700+ HP/ft lb TQ. If you are planning on exceeding those levels we recommend upgrading to our Tuscan I-beam Rods.
What are the most common reasons of connecting rod failure?
As one of highest stressed components in the engine there are several things that can contribute to a failure. The most common failure is caused by improper installation followed by improper tuning. We recommend that you seek professional help for both installation and tuning. Oiling system health is also essential to ensuring save engine operation. Momentary oil starvation can result in spun rod bearings and engine failure. In extreme applications also be sure that you are using heavy duty wrist pins. On many of the pistons we offer we either include stout wrist pins or offer them as an upgrade.