Top end maintenance - partial or full

Does any of you guys do partial (piston rings only) every x hours. And a full after y hours?

What I’m trying to know if it’s worth while just replacing the rings every half service life cycle or not.
Do you have to perform engine break in procedure with just replacing the rings?

I change the whole piston, not only ring. When I drove X30 I replaced piston, pin and bearing after 6h and now with the Kz 3-4h. I do measure the ring when half the time has gone to confirm it hasn’t been worn to much for compression to blow by.

And after every practise day I remove the top end and check piston for cracks at the lower part



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Although it was with higher stressed engines at the time…. I’ve shattered pistons doing this, writing the engine off in the process as the rod was liberated in the barrel.

Use your best judgement.

I’ve done plenty of ring-only changes in KZ and Stock Honda. Not sure it would be needed at all in an X30, as I’ve never measured ring wear in the X30. If installing a new ring it would require a 5-7 minute break-in on track.

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