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piston stops and life lessons...
« on: October 30, 2022, 11:51:58 AM »
I've used nylon cord as a piston stop for years and always found it humorous reading about people getting the cord stuck. Seems like that would require carelessness or ineptitude I reasoned.

Sure enough I joined the ranks of the inept a couple days ago after locking a piston solid with a piece of the first nylon rope I grabbed, a piece of starter rope. Went right into the exhaust port. The muffler was removed to see the end of the rope but the piston was still above the port, stuck way past moving with the starter.   I finally got it moved down with a soft punch striking on the clutch, rope came right out and now all's well.

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Re: piston stops and life lessons...
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2022, 12:04:35 PM »
Ah yes, a good serving of humble pie has done me lots of good over the years.
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Re: piston stops and life lessons...
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2022, 12:10:25 PM »
I always use a cut V-belt and never had an issue. Pretty hard to get that down a transfer port, but I guess anything is possible.;D

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Re: piston stops and life lessons...
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2022, 12:32:27 PM »
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I remember you mentioning Vbelt before Kevin. That sounds like a great idea to me.

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2022, 07:11:46 PM »
Yeah Real1shepard, that v-belt idea is on my list to try next time. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to improve on, I think that one is a score.

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Re: piston stops and life lessons...
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2022, 09:55:37 PM »
Can you explain what you mean by this ? Trying to understand the reason.
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2022, 10:29:11 PM »
I think theyre using this to put down in spark plug hole to lock engine to be able to remove clutch or flywheel.Someone correct me if Im wrong.I know a screwdriver in the flywheel fins will break them.Dont ask how I know  :laugh:
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2022, 10:44:32 PM »
I have a dedicated rope for doing this. Its a bit thicker than the pull cord.  I made a knot on the end to keep it from going through the cylinder ports.  I try to remember to bring the piston close to TDC before putting the cord in.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2022, 10:57:50 PM »
Ahh, makes sense
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Re: piston stops and life lessons...
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2022, 07:53:19 AM »
Of course if you us a impact gun it's way less abusing in the parts than doing it with a big wrench trying to brake free the nut.
Maybe it even brakes free without jamming the piston 
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