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  1. #1
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    My Boats:
    1998 Sonic 26 Prowler 525SC (updated to a ZOOMY 600hp)
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Saucier/Gulfport, MS

    I'll never use a band ring compressor again!!

    Getting everything ready to assemble the short block...Rings, are filed, pistons are checked, final cleaning, & install rings on first piston...I grab my trusty "old" ring compressor...first pull on the handle, & it breaks into several pieces...hmmm.
    I called a couple of local speed shops, & a couple of machine shops. The only ring compressor they have on the shelf are the razor sharp edge band, & they are not even ratcheting, they are some sort of "clutch"...basically a piece of crap. So, to the web I go...I have seen the tapered non adjustable compressors, but have just simply avoided them. I suppose because I've never seen one, & just couldn't seem to wrap my head around how this thing works...Well, after a couple of hours of searching, I decided to bite the bullet...

    Two days later, it's at my front door. I couldn't wait to get out to the shop & give this thing a try...WOW, is all I can say. It's not that often that I come across something that is said to be simple, & it truly is SIMPLE...I'm definitely a convert, I will be purchasing various sizes in the near future.
    So, if anyone has been holding out on trying one of these (or maybe I was the only one)...Probably the best $30 I've spent in a long time...
    Why couldn't I come up with something like this???

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    San Diego, California

    Wink No Brainer for Smart Builder

    No careful engine builder would ever use anything but that type of fixed bore ring compressor! Can you imagine completely assembling a nice expensive marine performance engine, getting it installed in the boat and then finding out you have a broken piston ring!
    You'll never go there again!

    Best Regards,
    Ray @ Raylar

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