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I'm about to rebuilt my RGV 250 VJ21a top end but I don't know wich rings I should use,cylinders are stock size but I had too little compression less than 85 psi. should I use rings at the 25 measure will it fit?

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Hi buddy the standard piston and rings will be the ones you need if its still below 85psi your barrel must be out of shape or you are leaking air in the gasket or in the coolant also when you put a new piston kie in get new gaskets my kx85 new ring and piston went to 185psi

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