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Old 05-07-2010, 02:53 PM
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Ball vs Stone Hone

Hey everyone. I am gonna buy my first cylinder hone. What is the difference between a ball and a stone hone. I am putting new rings in my 305 and 350 so instead of hauling my blocks to the machinist i figured i would just buy the hone and learn to do it myself. Thanks in advance
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a stone hone can be used on many different size bore,where as a ball hone can only be used on alot smaller rage of sizes.
other than that, i cant tell you wich is better and why
i would be interested to hear what everybody has to say
i have a stone hone
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Stone hones are only good if the bores are vertically-straight, like after boring. If you try to use it on a well used engine, after cutting the ridge, the stones won't make complete contact with the bore. Ball hones, since they're flexible, will conform to the bore, "scratching" the whole bore, whether it's perfectly round or not...just to help the new rings to seat. Cutting the ridge then ball-honing is a cheap way to overhaul the engine. If the bore wear is within tolerance, you could do it this way. It'll save you money in the short-term...but it doesn't beat boring/honing to the next size up for longevity.
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Alright thanks for the replies. Looks like ill end up getting a ball hone. What grit do you recommend and also a good company to buy from. I was looking at www.cylinderheadsupply.com Thanks
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A ball hone is really only a glaze breaker and does absolutely nothing to help straighten the bores. For a freshly bored cylinder a stone hone is the only way to go. If your after a quick shade tree rebuild use the ball hone then get rid of the engine or car.

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