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The following chart shows the SAE recommended Automotive compression ring end gaps. These recommendations are followed for the majority of the ring line unless a certain application requires deviation from the chart. These deviations are noted in the ring section. It is unnecessary to adjust end gaps in most cases. Our ring end gaps are measured in precise gauges that are accurate to .0001" for the diameter for which the rings are intended. Remember -when fitting rings to cylinder bores, every .001" change in bore diameter changes the end gap by approximately .003." Example: A bore .002" greater than the base diameter increases the ring gap by .002" x .003" = .006". Cylinder Diameter Ring Gap Recommendations 2.000 - 2.999" .008 - .016" 3.000 - 3.999" .010 - .022" 4.000 - 4.999" .012...
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PISTONS - Favorable Features for Maximum Performance (Calver's Corner)
Having determined what sort of material best suits your needs/application, the main design and detail features of the piston now need consideration. The over-riding factor that influences just what is best for an A-Series engine is the block's propensity for flex at higher rpm, and the crank's equal propensity for flex at the same sort of rpm levels. Both combine to require a piston that is as sta...
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PISTONS - Whys and Wherefores (Calver's Corner)
This is another of those subjects abused for ‘bar stool b*llsh*t’ one-upmanship. Ignorance is the main problem. Particularly as trying to get any really useful information out of the manufacturers concerned. Try ‘phoning AE Hepolite technical. Getting hold of someone takes real perseverance. Having achieved that meagre goal, enquiring about piston specification gets those ‘...
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Small bore piston applications (Technical Information)
Small piston applications and availability have been changing over time.  A number of different pistons have been discontinued and/or superceeded and thus this Quick Reference chart we hope will help..   ...
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