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The rods are not like the common Crower 1.8-liter non-VTEC units. In fact, the rods are reinforced on the big-bore end and narrowed on the small-bore end. The I-beam connecting rod is not only much longer and thicker than the factory rod, it is also 40% lighter than the narrow OE model. They utilize a bronze bushed small-bore end to reduce friction between the boss of the pistons and rods.