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had some nos rings unbranded but bought some hastings moly ones. so today fitted them to pistons. the #2 rings were junk. the first one i put on was binding even though i could stick an 002 feeler in. turns out they had burred edges. so i used the nos #2 rings and they were noticeably better quality. so wtf, i thought hastings were good to get. wasted 50 bucks.
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Moly rings require a finish with 400 grit or smoother.
I've always used Hastings cast rings with excellent results.
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my cylinders came back with a fine finish hone, dont know that exact grit. thought i would get a good ring pack instead of an old nos set i had. bought the hastings from J&P so recent manufacture. the second hastings ring was junk quality with burred edges. the top ring had very slight burred edge in some spots and it had no bevel to inner lower edge that all my other new and used rings have. so i guess the top ring can go in either way. bevel necessary on inner lower edge, i dont know but certainly cheaper to manufacture. i nearly used these rings and had them on pistons when i backed up and looked more closely. i left the hastings oil rings on but am using the nos compression rings from the set i paid 10 bucks for. they are clearly of a higher quality. probably i will send hastings an email on this. for now i will stick to nos superior rings in future builds.
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J&p has excellent customer service, I would give them a chance to fix it first.
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"Nothing lasts forever".

I haven't accepted "Brand Names" as being better quality for many years now.

As more and more companies outsource production to China or even cheaper Asian countries the quality falls while the prices don't.

Carillo tried it but had to bring production back to the USA. It's reputation took such a big hit.

Junk is junk, no matter whose name is on the box. But let them know. Some will be more responsive than others but stand your ground or they will continue to short change other customers.

Took me 3 months to sort out some Andrews gears but at least they are ware that they have a problem now.
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Unfortunately the idea that competition improves the breed is NOT true.

Back in 1952 an Australian invented the rotary lawn mower as we know it today. It was called a "Victa" and by 1997 had sold 7 million of them.

But success breeds imitators and within a few years there were plenty of these offering the same sort of mowers. Over the years the Victa evolved into a cheap and nasty bit of gear. In about 1995 I explained to my children that the word "Victa" was an Aboriginal name that meant "Rubbish" - Just before chopping my Victa up with an axe and throwing the pieces into the dam.
The final straw was a condenser that while cheap, had a pigtail that was too short to actually be used. How much money was saved by reducing the pigtail to such an extent ? But they had to compete on price.

I did send a letter of complaint to Victa but the response I got was that I was just one tiny customer and they ad sold over 7 million units so "did not care".

Two year later the company was sold to a Japanese company which on sold to Briggs and Stratton.

But while the Victa reigned supreme while I was growing up it is now in the third rate "Junk" class of Lawn Mowers.

Competition can bury you.
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