Yes, of course I'm likely a 'few' years out of date, as always...but in the process of looking into connecting rods for my 305 engine build, I've discovered that aluminum rods seem to have gone the way of the brontosaurus and the Bee Gees, and vanished into obsurity! It's looking like the old Manley aluminum rods have been discontinued, and the push seems to be towards imported steel rods of the same basic design, with the notion being that "they're almost as light, and they don't stretch". Yeah, that's great for Ricky Racer, but in a predominantly STREET engine, where my quest is for lower rotating and reciprocating weight (along with reduced friction) anywhere and everywhere possible in order to maximize performance AND economy. I was ready to pull the trigger on a set of trusty Manley rods, but everyone keeps pointing me to the aforementioned steel rods, primarily from the likes of Eagle, although Callies makes real nice ones on THIS side of the ocean, too. So...what's the word 'round the campfire these days? Aluminum rods a thing of the past? 'Cheap' imported steel ones all the rage? Just go with the steel Callies? Make a set out of paper mache'??? Input welcome!