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Old 10-19-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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hey what online place would you recommend for piston rings and rod bearings i got my head off there is a lot of carbon build up that im going to get cleaned and get a head job i figured while the heads are off might as well take the oil pan off and take out the pistons and put new rod bearings as well as piston rings. my enigne has 90000 miles on it 45,000 of which are supercharged. would love to do a build up but not sure i have enough for a rotating assembly
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I'd highly recommend putting a stronger rotating assembly in if you are running boost. You don't want to take the chance of blowing your engine with that many miles, what boost are you running?
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well i have the procharger supercharger kit with a 5psi pulley at redline i get 7psi i had it dynoed and im actually running a little rich so i could get more out of it. when i dynoed it i had 250 hp and 260tq to the wheels i didnt think that was too bad. my goal is i want to turbo it and get a reliable 500 hp and make it handle like a dream that way it would be fun on the track and driving daily. but right now funds are tight so i figure while i have the heads out to get serviced ill take the oil pan out and push the pistons up through the top and replace the rings and rod bearings
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Be careful pushing through the top. You may need a tool they call a ridge reamer. Just make sure you don't knick the cyl walls.
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Be careful pushing through the top. You may need a tool they call a ridge reamer. Just make sure you don't knick the cyl walls.
Actually if the person is a good mechanic and careful you can use a fine small rat tail file. But honestly with the motors I have seen recently I have not noticed any ridges. I dont know if it is people taken better care of their cars and changing oil more regularly, better oils, better stock rings or improved engine block metalurgy. It could be all the above.
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I was going off the fact he has 90k miles on it. You never know right?
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well i already checked to see if there was going to be a problem with that due to ring wear and i will be ok so just trying to find the most cost effective way to build this engine to handle around 500 hp reliably i would be happy at around 500 hp thats my goal
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There was a guy on SCCoA selling a longblock with bad rod bearings for like 150 awhile ago, worth a look. I think he was pickup only from NY though, not sure.
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hey what online place would you recommend for piston rings and rod bearings i got my head off there is a lot of carbon build up that im going to get cleaned and get a head job i figured while the heads are off might as well take the oil pan off and take out the pistons and put new rod bearings as well as piston rings. my enigne has 90000 miles on it 45,000 of which are supercharged. would love to do a build up but not sure i have enough for a rotating assembly
Do you have the engine pulled from the car? If not, i think you're going to just open a can of worms and make things more difficult on yourself. Pulling the oil pan while the engine is still can be done, but it's quite a PITA. It's better to just get an engine stand and a hoist and do it the right way. I'm not sure what your mechanical history entitles but, you're gonna need ALOT of money if you decided to upgrade the rotating assembly and want to do it properly. Bearings are not cheap. A set will easily run you about $100.
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if you have never built a motor dont start on yours lol... a friend of mine tried this and he is on rebuild number 4.
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My first rebuild lasted a 600 mile road trip to Mustang Week in the middle of summer, about 20 hard runs at Darlington, the 600 miles back, and has been driven recklessly and irresponsibly from 500 miles in. We're on almost 5k miles since and its still kicking....

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