Racing / Performance

To say that we have a unique perspective on the racing and performance world would be an understatement. For years, our forging company has been the top producer of USA-made performance connecting rods, currently used in NASCAR, offshore boat racing, off-road, NHRA, and more.

What started as a sponsorship for local racers by Trenton Forging evolved into a complete additional division: Autosport Development LLC., a professional race team and race vehicle building facility. We’ve competed in professional racing series since the 1990s in classes such as the Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Series, and the esteemed Trans-Am series.

Read on to learn more about the types of forged parts we manufacture for the racing industry or reach out to us today to request a quote.

Performance/Racing Forgings

Aside from connecting rods, we are also known for:

  • Drive Yokes
  • Driveline Yokes
  • Rocker Arms
  • Spindles
  • Steering Arms
  • Steering Crosses
  • Steering Yokes
  • Tie Rod Ends
  • Transmission Parts
  • Uprights
  • Driveline Flanges
  • Linkages
  • Shifter Parts
  • Sway Bar Links
  • Tow Eyes
  • Universal Joints

Our Capabilities

  • Resinks
  • Custom Tooling
  • Reverse Engineering
  • 3D Prototyping
  • Machining
  • Induction Heating
  • Pre- & Post-Forming
  • Impression Die Forging
  • Press Forging
  • Symmetrical & Asymmetrical Forgings

Our Process

Trenton Forging is known for having some of the quickest turnaround times in the forging industry. From custom tooling creation to final inspections, our process only takes several weeks to complete. The timeline for your specific project depends on order volume and the complexity of the parts we’re producing for you. Our complete forging process is outlined below:

    1. Develop Custom Dies: Our engineers must create custom dies (tooling) before we produce any components. These dies feature an impression, or cavity, in the shape of your specific component. We build these dies based on CAD models, blueprints, or sample components you provide. All sample forgings and custom tooling can be shipped to you within two to three weeks.
    2. Procure Raw Materials: Once the custom tooling has been created and approved, we will procure raw materials from one of our trusted steel mills. We order all steel in the correct grade and diameter for your project. After we receive virgin steel, we’ll use our energy-efficient CNC cold saws to cut them into billets. The procurement process can take one to three weeks, depending on estimated shipping times from our steel mills.
    3. Preheat & Preform Billets: We use an induction heating unit to heat all billets to a predetermined temperature and preform them until they fit into your custom tooling.
    4. Forging: The preforms are then compressed using air-lift, gravity-drop hammers or forging presses until the final forging is produced. The entire forging process, including preforming, forging, and cooling, takes between one to three days, depending on the size and complexity of your project. 
    5. Shot Blast Cleaning: Once the forging has been produced, the flashing is trimmed, and the component is left to cool in a controlled environment. Then, we clean the part’s surface and remove scale via shot blast cleaning. This process only takes one day to complete unless post-forging heat treatments are required. If heat treatments are required, it could take up to two weeks to complete. 
    6. Quality Inspections: Before we ship your forgings to you, our team will hand-inspect each component to ensure quality. We also provide magnetic particle inspections for applications that require them.

Why Work With Trenton Forging?

Trenton Forging is a U.S.-based, ISO-certified forging manufacturer committed to quality and innovation. Since our founding over five decades ago, we’ve continually found ways to improve our processes, reduce waste, and increase efficiency. To further support the racing/performance industry, we’ve dedicated an entire company division to the production of custom racing forgings. No matter what you need, you can count on us for speed, performance, and quality.

Contact Us Today For a Quote

Turn to Trenton Forging for the highest quality parts for your car, motorcycle, ATV, or other performance needs. Contact us today to get started with a quote.

Trenton Forging Company is a leader in their industry, and a textbook example of dedication and commitment to their family, employees, customers, suppliers and community. Gary Goodman / CEO
Eaton Steel Bar Company
Working with Trenton Forging, I learned that “no” was not in their vocabulary. No matter how challenging a part seemed to be, they went the extra mile to think out of the box in order to find ways to forge that product. Not only did they find a solution, but they did it in a timely manner. James W. Barnthouse
Century Sun Metal Treating
Quality, on-time delivery, and competitive pricing: Trenton Forging Company’s consistency meets (and exceeds) these desired requirements of a good supplier. Additionally, Trenton Forging is innovative, and believes in partnering with their customers. Rich Weis
Federal Mogul
From sales to customer service, Trenton Forging always displays the highest level of integrity, and has earned our highest level of trust. Thank you for helping CP-Carrillo succeed in our business for over 55 years. Cindy Verkooij / Director of Sales and Marketing
We are very proud to have partnered exclusively with Trenton Forging for our Ultra Connecting Rod Forgings. The service we get is top notch, communications are open and honest, and the parts are of exceptional quality and deliver on time. Really couldn’t ask for a better supplier! Keep that bar set high my friends. Laurie Fitzwater / Operations Manager
Callies Performance Products/Aviation Mfg.
Trenton Forging Company sets the SBQ “Bar” in a customer & supplier relationship! Mark Candy / VP Sales
Eaton Steel Bar Company