Installing barrels with two hands and no ring compressor

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Thanks Jim. I've only done this once on a 750 and I had the pistons on the rods and lowered the barrel down while I squeezed the rings in to get them inside the barrel. This method is nicer as you don't have to support the weight of the barrel while doing the insert.
Does playing Dinah Washington increase your level of success?
 

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Thanks Jim. I've only done this once on a 750 and I had the pistons on the rods and lowered the barrel down while I squeezed the rings in to get them inside the barrel. This method is nicer as you don't have to support the weight of the barrel while doing the insert.
Does playing Dinah Washington increase your level of success?

I have always had the pistons on the rods and when I plan putting the barrels on I have a extra pair of hands, my mate has always given me a hand I hold and slide the barrels on while my mate squeezes the rings in, this way no chance of loosing a circlip altought I put a rage around the bottom just in case, your way is good but I perfer to have the extra hands with the pistons on the rods, I have done this on all my rebuilds Nortons and Triumphs and have never broken a ring yet.
I also like my music playing while working on my bikes but I am more a Led Zepplin man myself and after fitting the barrels my mate and myself normaly sit down and have a few cold beers.

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Hey Comnoz, big thanks for this. Used your technique (with timber instead of sockets) in my quest for smoking oil burning cylinder cure.

Should make this a sticky thread on owner techniques and work arounds. I have one involving 4 rubber bands when putting the head back on!
 
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