honing a 98 wr 400
Posted December 08, 2004 - 09:04 AM
Posted December 08, 2004 - 09:16 AM
I am installing new rings. To get a good crosshatch pattern what do most of you guys use? Is it ok to use a reg 3 stone spring loaded hone if you do it very fast. Just enough to get the crosshatch?
Generally, a multi-ball hone is better for crosshatching engine cylinders. The 3 stone device is more suited to brake master cylinders or for bore honing to size as it is better at removing material.
Posted December 08, 2004 - 05:56 PM
Posted December 09, 2004 - 11:46 AM
if I do not have the proper ball hone would it be ok in a pinch to use my reg hone though? This is just the spring loaded one, not the one for boring the hole.
In order to get a proper crosshatch you need multiple contact points of the honing material. That's what all the balls in a ball-hone do. With the straight stones used in the other type of hone all you will get is a smooth surface. The crosshatching helps the cylinder wall retain oil, which is very important for break-in and ring seating. If you don't want to spend the money for a ball hone just go to a mchine shop and have them do it for you. I can't imagine they'd charge more than $20. If you plan on tearing down regularly then go with what you've got, but if this is expected to be a long-term repair, do it right.