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I want to use a non-adjustable tapered ring compressor, to install my rings in my 390fe Ford. Stock bore 4.05 + .030 overbore = 4.80 (correct) ?
So what size ring compressor would work .... 4.90 ????.
I asked Summitt Racing what size they said 4.30. Does not sound right...

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Typo..... I mean 4.080
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Use this one http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sme-90a4000/overview/ - as it covers 4.0 through 4.090. They adjust for size with a worm gear clamp and with mine being used a couple weeks ago, super simple.



There are no instructions (at least that came with mine). You slide it on the piston, snug the clamp some and squarely over the rings, protect the crank with some 2-3 inch chunks of tubing over the rod bolts, rotate tha crank 'down' oil the rings then tap in place while guiding the rod over the crank journal. It does take a 'feel', about two pistons worth

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Thought I could help a bit
That ring compressor is s-o-o-o much better then the old ratchet type. Just take your time on the process and it all falls in place. Arrange the ring gaps according to Ford or the ring or piston manufacturer, tighten the clamp slowly until you see the top ring end gap just about close and you are ready to 'shove' it in place with a few light to medium taps (that orange hammer inadvertantly pictured in my photo above - I just used the handle)

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