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    I dropped a piston on the floor - can I still use it.

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    I dropped this piston and rod about 2.5ft to a smooth concrete floor and scuffed the corner and put a little nick/dent in it. I smoothed out the damage with a scotchbrite pad. See the pictures. Can this still be used? Will there be concealed damage? I figure this thing sees 8000 explosions a minute - a drop would not be as bad as that would it? 2005 RXT piston if that matters. If I should not use it, does someone have a spare?

    Thanks in advance,
    Greg


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    A smart admits!A wicked excuses!An idiot insists! mitsakosgt's Avatar
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    Greg find a used one from the classifieds and replace the broken one!

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    i would use it as long as you did not hurt your ring groove.see if your ring moves freely in the groove.if it does than imo your good to go.

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    Are you guys nutz? these engines must be precision perfect, believe it or not,,,,its trash

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    that will be fine.

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    Ring lands are fine. No flat spot or anything that shows it to be out of spec. I did put it back in the engine, but I did not torque down the rod screws just in case, I need to take it back out.

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    I wouldn't chance it. If it fails your summer of fun is over, and your next post will be " can this block be saved?" Suck it up and spend a little now and have the piece of mind in knowing its done right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpheus View Post
    I wouldn't chance it. If it fails your summer of fun is over, and your next post will be " can this block be saved?" Suck it up and spend a little now and have the piece of mind in knowing its done right.

    that's great advice......take it

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    I personally wouldn't worry about it. If ring lands are fine, then insert it into the cylinder, find the largest feeler gauge that will slide into the gap on either side of this area, and if you can slide it sideways through this dropped area without excessive binding, you will be good to go. The feeler gauge will tell you if there is excessive distortion. Even if you have distortion, you can take off material if you are careful to true it up.

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    + 1 or take the backside of the ring and put it into the ring land in the effected area, if it snags or is tight discard piston. But you should be fine

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