I spent last Sunday afternoon putting things back together. Piston rings were "clocked" at the bench. I ended up using a large sewing needle to move the oil-ring pieces. I pre-shimmed on the bench.. This worked out well. I need to buy 6 new shims but the shims that are in these specific valves at least allow the cams to be installed. NOTE: You can not rotate the cams without ALL shims (any size shims) in place. The cam-lobe(s) will become "trapped" in the empty lifters !
The cams, being independent without the cam-chain, wanted to self rotate so I made this. Well worth the two hours.
Pistons went back onto the rods with no issues but OCD made me confirm multiple times that the cir-clips were all in and seated and that I had "6 arrows" pointing forward. ....and checked the ring clocking....... again !
The piston-ring compressors I made, worked like a charm Removing them from their respective pistons easy, due to the spring-clamps relatively small size. and the flexibility of the compression band. Any trepidation I had about getting the pistons into the bores immediately vanished when the first pair (3 & 4) went in. The remaining 2 pair ? Easy !
Taking a break to post this and then - installing the ignition housing and some other small bits and pieces.
"Touch Wood" - the remaining assembly goes as well.
1980 KZ 1300 sr# KZT30A-009997
Always High - Know Fear !