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I got to get a ring gap filer so I can start assembling the 388. I don't need a top of the line, fully automated, CNC, nitro powered version, just something to get the job done without too much trouble. Does anybody have any particular recommendations for one?

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Most of the common ring gappers out there, such as the K-D and Perfect Circle tools, require some experience with them before you get good results. Get some spare ring sets to practice with before you try to gap your assembly set. It's usually not a bad idea to order one or two extra sets anyway - the're not that expensive. Go slow and check your work with a good magnifier to be sure you have the ring held straight and flat.
These tools will work fine for the home builder once you learn to use them.
Mark your rings for each cylinder carefully and GO SLOW on the gapping work.

If in doubt about the quality of the finish you are getting, take your rings to a good local builder and have them check it. They will usually gap your rings for your block for a reasonable fee if you find this operation hard to master.

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