Myriad wrote:Wow, the paint on that body is a mess, but I don't see any rust anywhere. That's a nice thing to see.
This is your first engine rebuild? I think you did it well. I'd always take the parts to a shop to be cleaned, but other things like cylinder honing and valve jobs aren't scary after a couple times. At least, it isn't scary until it's put back together and you're hoping the engine doesn't blow up.
msc wrote:Did you use sensor safe RTV? If not it's best to redo it now while it's not too much effort. The manual calls for a particular Honda liquid gasket not generically RTV. While the Hondabond called for is a form of RTV not all RTV's are the same and many will fowl the O2 sensor.
andvari101 wrote:Used Plastigauge to measure tolerances on main and rod bearings. Everything within spec.
msc wrote:You should be good on the RTV other then aesthetics. I never cared for orange crap oozing all over an engine. Mostly because I have spent too much time having to scrape it off.andvari101 wrote:Used Plastigauge to measure tolerances on main and rod bearings. Everything within spec.
I took a close look at your pictures and it looks like I'm seeing .002 and .003 inch readings. The service limit is .002 and truly within spec you need to be more like .0015, preferably less. Unless I'm reading it wrong your bearings are pretty well worn out and you haven't even started it yet. I'm guessing you bought generic after market bearings rather then proper fitted bearings from Honda.
I couldn't tell you if that means it's a 20K mile engine or a 100K mile engine but it's safe to say it's not a 300K mile engine. A lot will depend on how it's driven, could be only a 5K mile engine or less.
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