Your right sometimes they do. I guess it all depends on the quality of the engineer and where their priorities and goals are set. The engineers that designed the newer GM trucks and SUVs I would like to shake thier hand, the one's who designed the Chrysler Concord, LHS, Intrepid I would like to kick them square in the nuts. Back to the stroker... We can argue about rod ratio's and how they effect longevity but when your racing someone that is the last thing on your mind. We all know that the weak point of the 302W block is right down the middle, not the cylinder walls, so with that in mind STROKE IT LIKE A ASIAN MASSAGE PARLOR!!!