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How critical is the deglazing process when changing out pistons & rings? I have an 01 Heritage about to be Hippo'd with 10.25:1 popups in there & I'm changing them out for new SE flat tops. It's got about 18000 miles on these pistons & rings. Can it be done competently with the Lisle brand three legged tools that are on sale in hardware stores? I've seen one with 220 grit stones, for 2 - 7 inch cylinders .. Feasible to do by hand or send the jugs to a shop to be deglazed? TIA.
Air Gauge a MC cylinder. Why.. A good bore gauge would work just fine.. Max.
No "berry brushes" here.Sunnen, or Lisle hone.Using care, set your dial bore guage to the skirt clearence dimension, then hone as needed.If you blow past the proper clearence, to establish round/straight, then you'll have to bore.Most manufacturers set hi/low limits for the bore size to fall into. Dial bore guage is just fine for that.Don't need a hammer to kill a fly.
>Plateau honing knocks the crap out of the cylinder so that the cylinders break in quicker.<It actually does very little to the cylinder, about the equivalent of 100 miles of service. IMO if your going to change the oil within the 1st 500 miles, plateau honing is unnecessary.
The sharp edges left by the stones are very hard on the rings.
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