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Hey everyone,
i just finished honing the cylinders on my 304, put the rings on and reinstalled the pistons to the engine. my question is how much resistance should i have when trying to turn the crank by hand with the pistons in with no heads on. before i took it apart it was easy to turn by hand. now it is nearly impossible by hand. is this bad? i figured it is just the new rings against the deglazed cylinder walls.

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dave
 

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yes that is a bad thing, check the bearing
clearences, make sure all the bearings are the same, it should turn as easy or really close to it
 

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Soooo ...
Ya hone the cylinders, put in new rings and expect to turn it over by hand "just like before" ???
Hah! <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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Its not going to be as easy but it shouldnt be impossible either. if you cant turn the crank with a regular size 1/2" ratchet something is wrong.
 

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Yeah, you need to define what "turning by hand" is......
:rolleyes:

Check the bearings with plastigage (probably did), and make sure the rings are installed in the right order (might not cause this problem, but will make things interesting later) :D

Should be a LITTLE stiff, since this is a "precision part" here, but you should be able to spin it easily with a ratchet.
 
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