Working on an engine is an inexpensive way of doing maintenance and a quick tune-up. Rather than go to shops looking for all the different bits and pieces you will need, manufacturers have gone through the trouble of packaging all the parts in one purchase for you to perform an engine rebuild. If you don't know your way around, buying one can be as complicated as working on the engine itself. Here are some guidelines to help you pick the perfect kit.
Know your purpose
Figure out first what you want to do with your engine. Ask yourself some questions. What are the worn-out parts you need to replace? Do you need to tinker with the whole engine, or are only the pistons in need of attention? Do you want to make your engine more powerful? Is the engine even worth rebuilding, or is a complete replacement better? This will not only help you pick out the right kit, but also help in setting a goal for yourself with the whole repair.
Engines come in different shapes and sizes. For example, bores can be wider or narrower; camshafts can be longer or shorter compared to others. Measure all the dimensions you can find. Count also the number of parts you will need. Only a fool would buy a kit for a 4-cylinder if the engine is a 6-cylinder. These are just some of the few things you need to count before buying a set. With all these numbers in hand, refer to the supplier's catalogue to see if they have the right kit for you.
Get only what you need
By this time, you should've already set a plan for yourself as to what you want to do with your engine. This will help you in picking the exact contents your kit will need. Manufactures know that not everyone needs a complete engine rebuild. Some just want to work on their pistons, while others would only want to tinker only the frame itself. Aside from the basic rebuild set, there are also high performance kits available for those who want to get more power out of the engine.