Daily Slideshow: 5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L

We look at what a stroker kit is and why they are great investments.

By Christopher Hurst - April 24, 2019
5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L
5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L
5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L
5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L
5 Benefits of Stroking the F22C to 2.4L

Basic Theory

“Engines are nothing but over-glorified air pumps.” These are the words driving instructors have used time and time again to remind students that when it comes to torqued cylinder heads, there truly is no replacement for displacement. If you don't have it, you must artificially create it with a turbocharger or supercharger system. But if you do have it, then adding these things will result in even bigger gains. However, it’s not just about peak horsepower. Stroking the F-series to increase the displacement has a lot of hidden benefits that may surprise you. 

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Torque Improves Performance

Stroker motors typically see an increase in torque as well as horsepower, but it's really average net torque that makes for dramatic improvements in performance. Of course, it should be noted that your choice of camshafts and other factors can radically alter the power curve. Generally speaking, however, a stroker motor will deliver an increase in overall net power and torque. Increasing displacement is really irreplaceable. So, if you want to get the most out of a naturally aspirated F-series build then this is the way to go. Combine that mod with cylinder head work and camshafts to create a formidable package. 

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Real World Results

When it comes to tuning an engine, there’s a lot more to the equation than adding headers or a cold air intake. Diving into the heart of the F-series' core components and altering one of the most fundamental aspects of its operation yields real-world results. Increasing the stroke does a lot more than bolt-ons because you are dealing with the very nature of how the car breathes. It also paves the way for adding a little something called forced induction. 

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Make the Most of Boost

Boost is an artificial way to mimic increasing the displacement of an engine, so it only makes sense that a stroker motor plus boost will result in massive horsepower. Stroker kits can magnify the torque that a turbocharger kit will produce, but you have to be careful to pick a kit that has strong forged internals. Increasing the amount of distance a piston travels does add to piston speed, which can be dangerous if you rev too high. (Thankfully, most aftermarket tuners are aware of this and as such, they choose very high-quality components.) This is a vital part of the equation if you plan to go for the max in the form of stroking your F-series with boost. 

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More than Power

F-series engines are renowned for their great throttle response, rev, and the ability to communicate what the car is doing via the driver's right foot. Adding a stroker kit is about way more than adding power. It's about preserving the feeling of what makes these cars so good with the additional speed to elevate everything to the next level. Typical costs for kits come in around $2,500 to $5,000, depending on what brand you choose, but you have to factor in labor if you aren’t doing the work yourself. If it is outright power that you're after, a supercharger or turbo kit will do the job just fine. But if you want a specific type of power then the stroker kit is a great way to go. It all depends on how you use your S2000 and what priorities you place in a fast car. Either way, you can't go wrong. So, the next time you want a little more power, consider this option: It's a great way to preserve the NA feeling while making the car more enjoyable on the track. 

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