What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  jbozzelle on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:38 am

Looking to start assembling the 514 and was curious what you guys are using to file rings? Hand file? Hand operated ring filer? Electric ring filer tool?

Let me know what works best...

jbozzelle

Posts : 3261
Join date : 2009-08-10
Age : 42
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  Lem Evans on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:40 am

Hand operated ring filer.
The electric deals are cool but ...$s.

Lem Evans

Posts : 6520
Join date : 2008-12-03
Location : Livermore , Ky

View user profile http://bfevansraceparts.com

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  s.hembree on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:41 am

I use a hand operated ring filer. The electrics are a little too unforgiving to me...

s.hembree

Posts : 36
Join date : 2009-08-14
Age : 35
Location : Lowell, MI

View user profile http://www.bfevansraceparts.com

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  s.hembree on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:42 am

Lol Lem beat me to the punch...

s.hembree

Posts : 36
Join date : 2009-08-14
Age : 35
Location : Lowell, MI

View user profile http://www.bfevansraceparts.com

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  bbf-falcon on Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:53 am

Lem Evans wrote:Hand operated ring filer.
The electric deals are cool but ...$s.
X2

bbf-falcon

Posts : 8945
Join date : 2008-12-03
Location : Jackson, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  rmcomprandy on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:10 am

I hold the ring in two hands and use a sharp fine file clamped in a vice.

I have an ABS ring filer to use for Dykes and thin rings but for 1/16" and thicker it's just to slow.

rmcomprandy

Posts : 4209
Join date : 2008-12-02
Location : Roseville, Michigan

View user profile http://www.rmcompetition.com

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  bbf-falcon on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:15 am

jbozzelle wrote:Looking to start assembling the 514 and was curious what you guys are using to file rings? Hand file? Hand operated ring filer? Electric ring filer tool?

Let me know what works best...

John,as you probably already know,which ever way you choose,make sure the ring is held square while filing and before installing on piston make sure you smooth off all sharp edges. Smile

bbf-falcon

Posts : 8945
Join date : 2008-12-03
Location : Jackson, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  Fatback on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:08 am

I have used many ring filers over the years. Started out useing the hand file and vice deal, then upgraded to the hand crank deal, and several of the electric ones. I wouldn't sell my "Goodson" electric ring filer !!! By far the best ring filer on the market. Not the most expensive, but the best as far as accuracy, speed, repeatability goes. It probably wouldn't pay to buy one for just a couple of engines, but if you plan on doing several, it is my choice !!

Fatback

Posts : 61
Join date : 2010-01-26
Age : 53
Location : Valrico, Fl.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  jbozzelle on Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:15 am

bbf-falcon wrote:
jbozzelle wrote:Looking to start assembling the 514 and was curious what you guys are using to file rings? Hand file? Hand operated ring filer? Electric ring filer tool?

Let me know what works best...

John,as you probably already know,which ever way you choose,make sure the ring is held square while filing and before installing on piston make sure you smooth off all sharp edges. Smile


Kind of difficult to "square up" a round part now isn't it? Laughing Laughing

jbozzelle

Posts : 3261
Join date : 2009-08-10
Age : 42
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  richter69 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:57 am

as stated I also use a 25 dollar jegs hand filer, done many sets, rind seal always been awsome..........just do one side and go slow.

richter69

Posts : 13609
Join date : 2008-12-02
Age : 45
Location : In the winners circle

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  dfree383 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:16 pm

I use a Proform electric deal, works fine. Alot better than doing them by hand.....

dfree383
BBF CONTRIBUTOR
BBF CONTRIBUTOR

Posts : 12977
Join date : 2009-07-09
Location : Home Wif Da Wife.....

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  bbf-falcon on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:33 pm

jbozzelle wrote:
bbf-falcon wrote:
jbozzelle wrote:Looking to start assembling the 514 and was curious what you guys are using to file rings? Hand file? Hand operated ring filer? Electric ring filer tool?

Let me know what works best...

John,as you probably already know,which ever way you choose,make sure the ring is held square while filing and before installing on piston make sure you smooth off all sharp edges. Smile


Kind of difficult to "square up" a round part now isn't it? Laughing Laughing

No,not really. If you don't know how to keep it square ,you'd better learn Smile

bbf-falcon

Posts : 8945
Join date : 2008-12-03
Location : Jackson, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  IDT-572 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:48 pm

As has been said, go slow even with the hand crank type, you can take off to much in a hurry. You can always take more off but you can't put it back on .................. Wink

IDT-572
BBF CONTRIBUTOR
BBF CONTRIBUTOR

Posts : 4354
Join date : 2008-12-02
Age : 55
Location : Shelbyville Tn.

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  jbozzelle on Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:18 pm

Gonna order a hand one tonight.

What's the rule of thumb for the gap? .004 per inch of bore?

jbozzelle

Posts : 3261
Join date : 2009-08-10
Age : 42
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  richter69 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:28 pm

IDT-572 wrote:As has been said, go slow even with the hand crank type, you can take off to much in a hurry. You can always take more off but you can't put it back on .................. Wink


yep, even with my superhuman building skilz I got one or two a few thou bigger than I wanted.............didnt seem to matter much lol.

richter69

Posts : 13609
Join date : 2008-12-02
Age : 45
Location : In the winners circle

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  jbozzelle on Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:01 pm

Superhuman or superhero?

jbozzelle

Posts : 3261
Join date : 2009-08-10
Age : 42
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  72mav on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:20 pm

Ten inch hand grinder Razz

72mav

Posts : 1043
Join date : 2008-12-03
Age : 53
Location : central Michigan

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  Curt on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:34 pm

wood rasp! Razz

Curt

Posts : 2517
Join date : 2009-02-08
Age : 54
Location : Henrietta, Texas but mostly on the road

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  cool40 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:48 pm

6"cutoff wheel. Very Happy

cool40
BBF CONTRIBUTOR
BBF CONTRIBUTOR

Posts : 6758
Join date : 2009-08-31
Age : 45
Location : on the 1/8 mile dyno

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  The Pope on Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:25 am

jbozzelle wrote:Gonna order a hand one tonight.

What's the rule of thumb for the gap? .004 per inch of bore?

This all depends on the piston (type & material) and the ring manufacturer's instructions for the particular rings you’re using.

The Pope

Posts : 125
Join date : 2009-09-10
Age : 52
Location : Garner ( Raleigh N.C.)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  95lightiningguy on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:10 pm

72mav wrote:Ten inch hand grinder Razz

Curt wrote:wood rasp! Razz

cool40 wrote:6"cutoff wheel. Very Happy
Hell why not a set of side cutters or tin shears. Rolling Eyes affraid

95lightiningguy

Posts : 568
Join date : 2009-12-09
Age : 45
Location : N. Little Rock AR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  richter69 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:14 pm

before I had the hand grinder I just used my beard stuble............ Wink

richter69

Posts : 13609
Join date : 2008-12-02
Age : 45
Location : In the winners circle

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  Curt on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:49 pm

richter69 wrote:before I had the hand grinder I just used my beard stuble............ Wink

I didn't know you raised turkeys!?

Curt

Posts : 2517
Join date : 2009-02-08
Age : 54
Location : Henrietta, Texas but mostly on the road

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  jbozzelle on Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:14 pm

95lightiningguy wrote:
72mav wrote:Ten inch hand grinder Razz

Curt wrote:wood rasp! Razz

cool40 wrote:6"cutoff wheel. Very Happy
Hell why not a set of side cutters or tin shears. Rolling Eyes affraid


That's what I used tonight. That and a hand planer to knock the burrs down.

jbozzelle

Posts : 3261
Join date : 2009-08-10
Age : 42
Location : New Orleans

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: What's everyone using to file piston rings?

Post  dfree383 on Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:45 am

jbozzelle wrote:
95lightiningguy wrote:
72mav wrote:Ten inch hand grinder Razz

Curt wrote:wood rasp! Razz

cool40 wrote:6"cutoff wheel. Very Happy
Hell why not a set of side cutters or tin shears. Rolling Eyes affraid


That's what I used tonight. That and a hand planer to knock the burrs down.

Wow she must have been a burly one....... Shocked Laughing Laughing

dfree383
BBF CONTRIBUTOR
BBF CONTRIBUTOR

Posts : 12977
Join date : 2009-07-09
Location : Home Wif Da Wife.....

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum