Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
You can buy steel liners... The discussed weakness in Alfa liners is my own reason for not honing 1600 liners to 80 mm for 1600 blocks used in racing. I only go to 79, as once-- just once, we had a thin skirt crack off an 80 mm bore liner 1600 in racing. Very little was salvageable from the remains. The iron alloy used in older Alfa liners was generally sound, but as noted, iron wet liners are not as tough as racers want. Today you can have new "spun-cast" liners made up, of sometimes special alloys that are possibly better. Some new liners offered for rebuilds are pretty horrid, as noted in this thread. You BETTER measure them! Hidden flaws? They are there. Generally liners that fail, are new, unmodified, and they fail in different ways. If I use Alfa liners, old ones with lots of heat soak cycles are best, "use-stress-relieved". However, these usually need to be honed oversize, and you don't want to go too big!
From my own experience with disaster.
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