Me and my brother recently picked up an '01 kx250 that supposedly just needed a top end. Everything on the bike looks great except it has a nasty knock when kicking it over. We expected the worst but figured what the heck, we can fix it and we got a good deal. Well it turned out in fact the big end bearing of the con rod seized up and went kaput. Lots of up-and-down play in the conrod and there is some nasty dicolouration in and around the crank pin on the crank flywheel weights like it got super hot..Also 1/2" of piston skirt is missing from the bottom of the exhaust side of the piston...up-and-down movement in the rod = piston smash off the bottom? ...I should have the motor split open this week, just waiting on a couple more tools. In the mean time I'm trying to decide which is the better route? Throw a whole new hot rods bottom end kit in? Or reuse the crank and send it out with a new rod kit and have it installed / calibrated...Wiseco is obviously out the question, I've heard nothing but bad things about their cranks...iIs hot rods a safe way to go? And are All Balls main bearings and seals going to last or is OEM the best way to go?