So I got a pretty reasonable explanation for why this motor got smoked on the forst 30 seconds of running:
Originally Posted by Storm
That wasn't rod knock that killed the bearings. Using phase I pistons in a phase II setup is what killed the bearings. Check the heads too for a little dose of hammering, courtesy of those pistons. I'm surprised the builder didn't feel the resistance when hand cranking it during the timing process.....
Source some std size 99+ EJ25 pistons (A's) with but don't buy any bearings until you know what you'll need. I've got a set of + .25mm main/rod bearings and a set of std size main bearings, should you need some quickly. I can't use them, or return them....