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883 to 1200 conversion.

I have a set of jugs and pistons . Was told they are the ones for the conversion. How do I tell they are actually 1200 piston and jugs ? There is the numbers 076167 on inside of piston and ks1295 and on the outside and 22640-04A on the top of the piston.

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Hi Anonymous, the only sure way to figure out what you have is measure the bore of the cylinders and the diameter of the piston skirt and should be some where in the neighborhood of 3.5" for a 1200 cc bore and 3.0" for and 883 cc bore. Good luck

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take your cylinder to a mechanic and have them measure it. If you're using Weiseco forged pistons you could use a 66.50 but the factory tolorance is .003 so you are right on the edge of needing to have the cylinder re-bored. Weiseco pistons are set for the size of the bore and then they compensate for the tolorances. Don't forget that you will loose a little when you have it honed too.

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