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Well nobody in my zone seemed to have straight 50 weight. When the helpers asked what I wanted they said. Are you sure? Most cars run 5 -30. Yes I'm sure I said. O'Reilly had one quart of VR-1 . HD is right down the street. So what it was 75 cents more and probably same as Penzoil 50 wgt
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I run 20-50 w/o zero problems for decades.

And its usually whats on sale that I buy.
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Your low budget parts store clerks sound as dumb as mine.

At least at Napa the dude there does not bat a eye lash when I say Motorcycle.

At Oriellys and Autozone. I gave up on the word motorcyle in my converstaion when asking for for something.
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So, I went searching today for a pliers type ring compressor. The only store I did not try is Consumer auto parts. I can order one but I wanted to get the bike back together this weekend. So I start thinking, how can I do this and start searching. I see some guys start the piston in the cylinder up to the wristpin hole. Then position the cylinder/piston over the rod, install the wristpin, and retainer clips, then drop the cylinder down over the studs. I don't have a buddy, and holy crap are the wristpins tight. I have them in my freezer and may heat up the wristpin bosses with my heat gun a little. Any thoughts?
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you don't need a ring compressor. get your piston on circlips rings etc. put some wood under each side of piston skirt of equal thickness. move crank to lower piston firmly onto wood stops. fit cylinder while pressing ring. I use a very small screwdriver blade. work your way around ring. it will go in. there is a champher at the base of cylinder bore that will aid in this. the cylinder will rock a little to accomplish this. repeat times 2 for remaining rings. probably not factory approved technique but it works.
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...I see some guys start the piston in the cylinder up to the wristpin hole. Then position the cylinder/piston over the rod, install the wristpin, and retainer clips, then drop the cylinder down over the studs. I don't have a buddy, and holy crap are the wristpins tight. I have them in my freezer and may heat up the wristpin bosses with my heat gun a little. Any thoughts?
this always sounded like the hard way to me - quite the balancing act. i do much like kmul posted. rings installed on pistons, pistons installed on con rods, plenty of lube, two small pieces of wood between piston and case to keep the piston from getting away, then a cheap parts store ring compressor on and drop the cylinder down and voila all done. cooling the wrist pin and heating the cylinder is a good idea - book says light hand press fit at 70º. it's never really that easy though, always need a little extra umph to get those pins in.
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That's the idea of the pliers type ring compressor. After you get the cylinder over the rings u just release the pliers and remove it. The slide the piston down the rest of the way. My band type compressor does not come apart. No way to get it out as they are made to put piston in from the top such as an auto engine
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