Join Date: Aug 1998
Location: Waldorf Md. USA
The correct temperature is somewhere around 450 deg. It does not discolor the ends of the rods in any way. The Sunnen rod heater has a timer that heats the rod ends for the correct amount of time without overheating them.
Dont take this the wrong way, but I have seen too many pistons ruined by guys trying to press the pins in without heating them. It takes some dedicated fixtures and a lot of patience to do it correctly. I dont like it because it is almost impossible to do without scarring the pin as it goes through the rod, no matter how much lube you use. If you want to try it, go ahead, but try one on an old piston first to see how you do. When you are done, the piston should move VERY VERY freely on the rod. If it does not, you will have trouble.
I am not one for telling people not to try it themselves, as I am also the type that wants to do everything myself also...but I know the limitations of my knowledge and equipment. Sometimes its just best to pay someone to do it [img]smile.gif[/img]
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