"I knew that some in the racing...
...industry were using cryogenically treated parts to dramatically reduce wear. After I started working at Don Schumacher Racing, I brought in Circle City Cryogenics to help increase the durability of the different metals we use. The results have been phenomenal! ”
“They have helped keep our parts from breaking and giving us a performance edge with their leading technology, especially in critical areas. Once businesses learn about Cryogenics, they will see just how much they can save on equipment cost and improving productivity.“ - Jeff Grey, Don Schumacher Racing
Normally you will experience a slight increase in Rockwell of a point or two, not much of a change, but still improvement in the right direction. The big improvement is stress relief and stabilization. Engine parts, transmission parts , or any non cryogenic treated parts you are thinking about are full of stress and just waiting to distort when it reaches racing temperatures.
All machined parts can distort if they have not been stress relieved. Pistons can change from round to oval due to stress and temperature. When this happens the piston drags the cylinder wall which takes horsepower away, creates heat, and wears the cylinder walls. It then requires the engine builder to rebore the cylinders by 2 to 3 thousandths. Cylinders that have been Cryogenic treated will normally be out of round only a 1/4 to a 1/2 of a thousandths, a big decrease in wear from a non treated cylinder.
The end result of Cryogenics treatment of your engine is improved performance with far less wear and less breakage. What parts should be Cryo treated? All parts that wear, break, or distort. Sheet metal, electrical parts, water pumps, oil pumps, or fuel pumps should not be treated.
The following are various parts of an engine and what you can expect to occur after the Cryogenic treatment:
The treatment of the engine blocks should not only result in improved performance with less wear and breakage, but the stress relief and stabilization of the block should result in reduced distortion in other parts such as crankshafts and camshafts since they are no longer flexing and distorting. One instance with an aluminum Rodeck engine running in a winged sprint car during a season showed the engine blew five times, each suffering from a broken connecting rod. The next season using the same block only Cryogenic treated the owner notified us that after 31 races he had no engine part failures. The big difference now was increased performance which resulted in new chassis set-ups.
CRANKSHAFTS AND RODS
Reducing the stress from the large mass made up of the crankshaft and rods can help them stay more in balance allowing for improved performance with reduced wear and breakage.
The piston assemblies should not be treated with the rings installed on the pistons. Wrist pins should not be treated at all. Treating the piston assembly will help the pistons and rings remain round therefore maintaining a better seal which translates to more constant compression , improved performance and reduced breakage.
Heads both cast and aluminum are less prone to distortion and breakage following the Cryogenic treatment. If you have a set of good heads that are cracked send them to a good head repair company. They will grind out the crack, build up that portion that was cracked and machine it back to original specs. All these steps put stress back into the head, left untreated this will cause distortion and cracking can occur. Cryogenic treatment should be applied to the heads following repair then the finish machining can be done.
Although camshafts don’t seem to suffer breakage, wear can be a problem. With Cryogenic treatment this wear can be greatly reduced.
We have received many reports concerning the Cryogenic treatment of valve springs. Valve springs from 4-cycle go karts, quarter midgets, and motorcycles have often showed an increase in pressure (5-15%) and improved life of 100% or more. Automotive valve springs as well as Top Fuel drag cars have shown an increase in life.
PUSHRODS, LIFTERS, VALVES
These should all be treated but do not have any really good feedback on advantages.
Stock automotive to high quality rocker arms with bearings are good candidates for Cryogenics.
Automotive intakes with carburetors should have the intake manifolds Cryogenic treated. If you have the block, heads, and all the internals Cryo treated, and thus stress relieved, it only makes sence to have the intake done as well. Bolting a non-Cryo intake to an engine that has been Cryogenic treated is only introducing stress back into the picture.
RING AND PINIONS
Cryogenic treated these parts will show less wear and last longer.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PLANETARIES
By reducing wear and breakage of planetaries, the rest of the automatic transmission stays in proper alignment and therefore the rest of the transmission suffers less wear and breakage.
By Cryogenic treating of the input shafts wear and alignment can be a huge benefit.
Even air shifted Pro Stock 5 speeds are operating with less wear and breakage. You should do the entire transmission completely disassembled, including the case.
Cryogenic treatment closes the grain structure of the rotors resulting in an increased contact area for the pad to touch against and also reduces the abrasiveness of the rotor against the pad therefore increasing pad life