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    Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    I've been told that I need to replace my cylinder on my ski because of some major exhaust port damage. If I'm looking at used cylinders online, what would be some major red flags that tell me I should stay away from a deal? Basically every cylinder I've seen has rust on the walls, so I'm guessing honing/boring whatever I buy is pretty much a given. Is there anything less obvious I should ask about?
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    Re: Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    Verify current bore size to determine how many "bores" are left in the sleeve. If it's maxed-out, you will need to spend a lot more money to install new sleeves.

    Verify block casting id for correct match to your engine.

    Look for broken sleeve skirts, cracks anywhere in the block, damaged bolt/stud holes and threads, obvious signs of overheating, clogged cooling passages.

    Beware of "ported" cylinders because they may not perform with your engine set-up.

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    Re: Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    Ask for pics of any questionable areas, not everyone knows what they're talking about.
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    Re: Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    what kind of cylinder are we talking about, sometimes its easier to just replace the damaged sleeve unless it's a Kawi, Polaris or a Yamaha power valve engine then you get to replace the cylinder.
    Y'all know me, still the same O.G. but I been low-key
    hated on by most these &^$$@s with no cheese, no deals and no G's, no wheels and no keys, no boats, no snowmobiles, and no skis, mad at me cause I can finally afford to provide my family with groceries


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    Re: Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    Quote Originally Posted by wfo speedracer View Post
    what kind of cylinder are we talking about, sometimes its easier to just replace the damaged sleeve unless it's a kawi, polaris or a yamaha power valve engine then you get to replace the cylinder.
    87 js550.
    1987 JS550 - Torn down 100% for rebuild!
    1982 JS550 - In the process of tearing down.

    Looking for a couple JS550 copper head gaskets.

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    Re: Buying a Cylinders: What to Look Out For

    Yep that's a cylinder replacement
    Y'all know me, still the same O.G. but I been low-key
    hated on by most these &^$$@s with no cheese, no deals and no G's, no wheels and no keys, no boats, no snowmobiles, and no skis, mad at me cause I can finally afford to provide my family with groceries


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