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I really like this site and have not needed to post anything up until now because of all the info available with the thread search. Thanks.

In a previous post I saw a link on how to break in a bike. I bought mine new and broke it in the way the manual said to. With this new onslaught of cold weather I decide to take the head off of my bike and check the condition of things. This is what it looks like IMG_0264.jpg and IMG_0261.jpg

I was wondering if I could remedy the situation by taking the cylinder off and replacing the rings? :cry: what I should do if anything?

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What are you trying "remedy". It looks perfect to me. Of course you can put rings in it but if it doesn't need rings it will not "remedy " anything.

Please explain what you are concerned about.

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I was wondering if the cylinder and head look normal for an easy does it break in. I read the article on breaking in a bike and was wondering if just replacing the rings would be ok and then breaking it in again.

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I was told you need to hone the cylinder too if you want to get the rings properly seated.

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it does look pretty "wet" to me.

What does "wet" mean and will it be ok just to replace the rings or should I get it honed.

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I was told you need to hone the cylinder too if you want to get the rings properly seated.
Not that cylinder. If you hone it you will destroy it because of its nikasil plating.....

Saw one on ebay that went for a pretty penny too. "Freshly honed" it was a disasterpiece. :cry::cry:

You could send it to MT for a diamond honing if you really wanted to.

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What does "wet" mean and will it be ok just to replace the rings or should I get it honed.

"wet" means a bit of oil is getting past the rings.

Just scrub the cylinder with a green pad and some dish soap. Rinse well, dry throughly and then fit the piston w/new rings into the cylinder dry, no lube at all. Bolt it together and go riding. You'll be golden. :cry:

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That sounds great. I just have one more question can I buy just rings somewhere I have looked around and it seems like I can only get rings with a piston. Where should I be looking.

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