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Old 10-26-2008, 10:51 AM
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piston ring compressor recommendation

Would like to know which you like regardless of price. Please identify the type and manufacturer. My old Craftsman ratcheting spring steel style just gave up the ghost.

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Moving to engine where the engine builders can weigh in,,

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ARP and many others make single size tapered sleeve, ring compressors.
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I still use my old ratcheting type ring comp.....had it for a long time and it works great. Granted, they take a little more time to use but I'm never in a big hurry when installing pistons. If I had a shop and time meant money then I would probably get a set of the newer non-adjustable alum. ones.
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I'm also partial to the tapered sleeve ring compressor. They are expensive if you do several different sizes of pistons, but they offer the best piston ring compression when installing pistons. I have used the old, sear band clamps like you had, and they will get the job done, but on serious engine builds I'm partial to the tapered sleeve, no ring problems and the pistons go in very smoothly and fast.
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Piston ring compressor rec'

(ARP and many others make single size tapered sleeve, ring compressors).
These are the best compressors period. Unfortunately for people like me, I'm always building different mfg's in numerous bores sizes. So I end up grabbing the trusty (adjustable) band type. Hell; the most important parts in this assy process are the lil'/pcs of rubber hose applied to the ends of the rods, to keep from "nicking" the crank journals.
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I like the "FREE loaner" available at Autozone.....

(it's a regular spring steel ratchet wind up type)

hard to beat that price!!!
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I have the Childs & Albert tapered compressors for most engines I build (4.500" 4.5030" 4.0560" and 4.625") and love them but for the ones I don't have I have the Snap On set with the band and pliers that hold the band tight. The second choice is a KD brand with a corrigated band and adjustable over center lock. They are blue spring steel with a red handle, and will do up to a 4.600 bore piston.
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great, thanks all
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This is what I use

http://www.lislecorp.com/tool_detail.cfm?detail=241

It works very well for me and can be used on many different bore sizes.
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another one to check out, thanks GMC
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If your going to do alot of work with Small Block Chevies, Mopars, or Fords with displacements around 340/350/351 then these work pretty good. The 4.00-4.09 range covers quite a bit.

http://www.competitionproducts.com/p...p?number=08970
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I really like the one I use from Goodson.
http://www.goodson.com/store/templat...1b633a7bbfa8ba
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I really like the one I use from Goodson.
http://www.goodson.com/store/templat...1b633a7bbfa8ba
i have these too & like them. i also have one like gmc boogie has too, i just haven't had a chance to use it yet. i've heard good things about it though.
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i have these too & like them. i also have one like gmc boogie has too, i just haven't had a chance to use it yet. i've heard good things about it though.

I've tried just about every one out there in my worklife, including the Lisle and the tapered ring. The tapered are the easiest but unless you want to have a whole collection, the best one I've found is the goodson type.
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