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Old 12-27-12, 7:16   #1 (permalink)
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Pulling my KLDE engine apart (First time)

Hi guys,
I'm pulling my engine (KL-DE) apart for the first time.
And my first time pulling any engine apart really.

I'm just looking to see if I've forgot anything regarding new parts etc.
As for now the engine is still in its bay.

And I've ordered a couple of new parts.

**Denso Starter motor
**New Alternator/belt
**New oil pan
**A1 Cardone Waterpump
**Gates timing Belt w/pulleys & tentioner
**K&N Oil Filter
**Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch kit
**Full Gasket set w/head bolts&piston rings

Do you remember anything else that I would need that I have forgotten myself?

I'm not planning on a complete overhaul, as the only problem I had was my engine drinking a bit more oil than usual and making my 1st cylinder sparkplug carbonized
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Edit, The gasket kit does not include piston rings. Would I have to change these?
As I mentioned earlier, the only problem now is most likely oil getting into the combustion chamber, at the 1st cylinder. I'll get to clean the chamber once the engine is apart I guess

The engine has been running for 155000 miles or so. And still running nice except from being as thirsty as it is. And the clutch slipping on quick shifts
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What are your compression numbers? It certainly would be beneficial to re-ring as long as the heads are coming off anyway. Might want to throw a timing light into that list because you might need it when everything is back together. Setting the proper timing can be a chore. I think you covered all the parts needed though. Oh you're going to need some gasket sealant for the oil pan and cam keepers. Add intake manifold and throttle body gaskets if you need em. During the reassembly is a good time to get a real good look at the condition of your vacuum system (VRIS canisters) and vacuum hoses. Replace as needed.

As long as you're going hog wild on replacing a lot of parts then you might want to consider a new fuel filter and charcoal canister.

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The starter and alternator are easy enough to do later so I wouldn't bother with those at this time. I don't know much about rebuilding engines though, so I can't help there.

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Alright thanks,

I actually have not done the compression test yet. I figured as it's obvious there is a oil leak at piston #1 then i will just do the compression tests afterwards

Yeah I still have my timing light in the garage + a few tubes of gasket sealing.
I guess i'll order a set of rings then and definetly have a good look at the vacuum hoses.
A new fuel filter is a really good idea aswell

Regarding the starter, i've been anoying myself a long time listening to the starter not making any good sound anymore. Sometimes it just sounds like a saw when starting up. hehe and they are not to expencive. But all are good advises, I will probably use more than a weekend on the engine just to make sure everything is satisfactory.

I allso went on King6's place and ordered myself a full Mount kit for the engine and trans, tought to myself; why not?

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Go ahead and throw some ze pistons and cans. Since it is already apart and all
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Well, will they matter a whole lot without the intake manifold & brain?
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Eh I don't see why not. Since the plenums aren't changed so no ecu work to do, and pistons give more compression, and the cams would give it some top end. Plus you have de retainers so it shouldn't fall on its face. This would be relatively cheap too
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Although a true ze would be better, this would just give you a little more power to be content with. When my de finally goes I will probably do it
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Hehe, maybe ill do something like that on the second engine I have laying around

I can post some pictures on the progress once I get started, there are some parts of the engine I don't want to see as I have a bad feeling it's worse than what I would have hoped :P
Oh well, im allowed to have my hopes up
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since im going to change the piston rings.
Maby I should just change all the pistons instead. Atleast then I wont have to clean my old ones right away

Any good idea on which Pistons I should get?
Mine, as far as I know myself are Standard size. 84,5mm
But no, I have not looked. And after 20 years im not sure what anyone did whit the engine.
Still seems to run rather normal tho.

I've been looking at ebay, rockauto and Summitracing as for now. But if there are any other good ideas id like to hear em

Thanks
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Reagarding a light Flywheel.
I have given it alot of thought, still im not sure if I should install one or not.
But it is tempting. what would you do?
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I say go for it since you aren't boosting it, the mx3 flywheel is a good compromise, it in between the mx6 and the fidanza flywheel
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Do you have any preference on shops where to get a new one for the Mx3? I only found a few, but that was only fitting the I4 Engine

I have to say im looking allot at the F1-Racing and Fidanza flywheels now. I just want the best

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Oh I thought the mx3 would be a direct fit, since it has the 1.8 v6. But its the OEM upgrade, if you don't mind something non-member OEM the fidanza seems to work out pretty well for lots of peeps
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