They were at Autosport this year. Got their card. I'll try and remember to find it tonight and post details.
They do some really good stuff - their only purpose in life is to de-stress metal.
We were looking at some gearbox cogs and they looked polished - turns out it was something like 'micro deressing' or something. Bascially it had been checked for cracks/imperfections then blasted with such a fine medium that it looked polished althought was actually covered in very very very fine dimples.
Get yourself a flap wheel or something and work up the rod, not across it.
Thats what most places do, you want the casting seams (flash) ground flat with the rest then get the rest of the surface to match. Then get it shot peened.
Dressing the block etc is the same.
You want to get rid of stress risers and sharp corners. This is where things split.
Shot peening just bombards the surface with ball bearings basically, the metal swells as well btw. Its a surface hardening treatment. It doesn't actually increase the materials over all strenght (you can't unless you change its make up by adding other things).
The pic that Observer posted shows a nicely done rod (doesn't look shot peened though), you can achieve that without to much hassle and it will be stronger than a normal rod.
Rods take a lot of battering in an engine, they go through cycles of tensile (stretch basically) and compression. The hardest time on a rod is on the exhaust cycle and when the timings over advanced.
Rods see pressures of several tons thats why they let go. High revs basically seal their fate. The loadings increase with speed you see.
It takes some serious power to bend a rod from power alone.
I personnal wouldn't get them measured seperatey by an engineering co.
If you get them shot peened then yeah get them checked and measured, sometimes they can bend with the process.
I would be happy with measurements of taper across a bearing journal.
In case anyone doesn't know the taper means measurign the dia of the journal at one side then the dia at the other side of the same journal. The measurements should be equal, if it narrows (so the journal is cone shaped) then the con rod is most likely bent.
Other bottom end tricks can be performed like deaseaming and removing casting flash and sorting out oil flow and so on.
But other good measuerments for the bottom end include making sure the bores are 90 degrees to the crank in both directions and that the bores are not offset. You want it all in line.
Why? For long life, reduced friction thus more power due to less parasitic losses.
Thats proberbly where i've seen it from. Proberbly just there because they are craply cast and are miles out weight wise. My first car (Nova) stayed as a 1.0 for about 2 months till the wonderfull cam chain design cut through it's cover plate. Oil used to leak out faster that you could poor it in! Fitted an ex-rally 1.3 from an SR I bought for £40. Ahh them's were the days.. lmao
If it's as easy as you describe i'll give it a go myself on the rods. What other areas of the bottom end do you mean? Just look for similar seams and whatnot and clean them up? Of course not on mating faces. Then the whole lot will go off to be balanced.