Before you knock the pistons out—heck, before you even loosen the connecting rod bolts or nuts—make sure to mark the rod caps and rods. They are machined together and need to go back together. We didn’t have a stamp set on hand, so we went with the old school multiple-dot method. The number of dots tells us which ones to match. And because we aren’t fools, we know to match dot-side of cap to dot-side of connecting rod. Make sure to keep your marks as far away from the joint to prevent any galling or metal deformation issues.