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Checking Out the Case

    How do you know if the case is bad? It is usually obvious. Before you disassemble the engine you are suppose to check the torque on the main bearing nuts (also the heads). Torque the main bearing studs to 30 ft. lbs. and see if the crank still turns. If not, the case is warped for sure. If the crank still turns but the nuts were loose, you will usually find fret marks on the case halves. (Often when you install a new main bearing and torque the nuts it will then seize up). The bearing will be shiny on the OD & may have printed into the case. Often you can feel the wear in the saddle and at the #2 main stud areas. If you do not see the original machine marks on both halves of the center main flat where it meets, then it has been moving enough to wear them off. I would never reuse that case even for a stock engine.

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