Ryan, find another engine guy ASAP. If you need someone call me 504-377-8221. This engine was designed and built with existing Vortex inventory so any special parts needed or shortage is complete BS. The engine is so over built, bottom end is using ROK GP parts designed for 45+ HP, with the VLR producing less than half of that you will easily see two full seasons or more out of the bottom. 35HP GP’s are getting 50 hours
Based on the average 15 race season I would suggest a top end mid season, not because of the piston or the bearing (again another GP part) but because of the ring and to make sure the cylinder is straight, with a steel sleeve they will lose their shape causing performance loss.
Top-end Kit complete $98.00
Base gaskets $2.70 each
Head Gasket $1.35
Professional hone $100 (this is the most important part)
Thrust washers $6.80
Professional crank pin install $200
Operating cost if you disassemble and reassemble
Operating cost if you send to engine guy
Anyone charging more than four hours of labor on a full rebuild is ripping you off $400ish is the price nothing more.
I would like to know the name of this engine guy, if they are a Vortex dealer they won’t be anymore