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Compressing piston rings


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09-16-16, 03:09 PM   #1  
Compressing piston rings

Hi All,looking for the best way to compress rings for a chainsaw engine.

 
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09-16-16, 03:17 PM   #2  
Not being a smarty, but try a ring compressor.

 
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09-16-16, 04:03 PM   #3  
Yea, I always have used a ring compressor. It's a relatively inexpensive tool.

 
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09-16-16, 04:20 PM   #4  
In a pinch I have gotten by using a hose clamp.


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09-16-16, 05:14 PM   #5  
This is a one time operation so I may give the hose clamp a shot first.

 
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09-17-16, 03:40 AM   #6  
The old MacGyver tool is a soup can with ends cut out and slit up the side plus the hose clamp.


Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

 
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09-24-16, 11:14 AM   #7  
Over the years, I have installed hundreds of small two stroke piston in chainsaws, blowers and other.
I have never used a ring compressor.
I install--CAREFULLY-- with fingers and occasionally add the aid of a popsicle stick.
I had a friend break a piston ring trying to use a worm clamp and finally used a wide plastic cable tie after purchasing another set of rings.
There are many special ring compressors available as a set.

 
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