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Actually this is on a Venture XL around 95 vintage. Crank went, got a replacement and went about putting it back together. Now I'm in my70's and hands are not as nimble these days. But getting the cylinders down over the pistons and compressing the rings was very difficult and time consuming. Complicating this process is that the cylinder studs are long and get in the way. What I am thinking about, is a couple of alternate procedures, one, actually installing the piston and rings in the cylinder prior to installing the piston on the connecting rod and the second, pulling the long studs and reinstalling them after I have the cylinders mounted on the crankcase. And or a combination of both, then there is the alternate, find somebody younger to do it all. Also been online looking at possibilities of some kind of ring compressor, but in past never needed one.

Thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
 

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Im right behind ya
My fingers get worse every year
Ok to put the jugs on is fairly easy
Lube everything with 2 stroke oil
Get the rings in and at their pins
Place jug above with piston at TDC
lean jug forward and get the top into jug
Through the sides of bottom of jug you can squeeze the rings
The bottom of jug is tapered to help push rings in, do both rings
Dont twist the jug but rock it forward and back to slide piston in
Push it down and seat on base gasket put your nuts on
Do other side then torque
 

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Im right behind ya
My fingers get worse every year
Ok to put the jugs on is fairly easy
Lube everything with 2 stroke oil
Get the rings in and at their pins
Place jug above with piston at TDC
lean jug forward and get the top into jug
Through the sides of bottom of jug you can squeeze the rings
The bottom of jug is tapered to help push rings in, do both rings
Dont twist the jug but rock it forward and back to slide piston in
Push it down and seat on base gasket put your nuts on
Do other side then torque
Yeah, was just interested in seeing if othera had a different approach. I got some help, 3 or 4 hands made it go much better. In addition having enough light and good eyes, is helpful to determine if those rings are compressed sufficiently so that the cylinder will slide down without inflicting damage. Thanks for the reponse.
 
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