IT LIVES!!! so I finally got a chance to mess with this damn kit. pulled the rotor cover and noticed there was a little bit of play in the rotor that didn't translate to the piston moving hhmmmm...that ain't right. pulled the cylinder off and the needle bearing in the end of the rod is torched, probably 1/8" lateral play in the piston. pulled the motor out of another kit threw in the frame and was blistering around the block in 20 minutes. awesome, these things don't suck after all.