Thanks for all of the help.
I've rebuilt several top ends but until now have never done a bottom end. Really didn't want to do it, but I can't in good conscious reassemble the engine with dents in the bearing cage. BTW the bearing spins smooth, but if I reassembled I'd always have an uneasy feeling about the dependability of the engine.
The engine is stripped down and the cases are ready to be removed from the frame which I will do this weekend. I measured runout with a Jims Tool, which is used with the cam plate off and runout is 0.002.
So here's another issue that I wouldn't mind a opinion on.
I'm planning on using the same 4" flywheel as I have no desire to stroke the motor, at 97" it's big enough for me. I'm planning on welding and balancing the flywheel and I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly) that truing goes along with the service. So here are my questions:
Will truing the flywheel significantly improve my runout?
At 97" with the torque and HP a little bit above 100 each, is it even necessary to plug and weld a 2002 flywheel?
Will replacing the stock rods with H rods be of any benefit?