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Re: Samarai front end alignment and oil rings
If you look at the tierod on the driver's side wheel, you'll notice that there is a set of adjusting nuts there. Loosen and tighten as necessary until things line back up. HOWEVER, you should carefully inspect the tierod for straightness and look for any other damage (sloppy ball joints) in the area that might affect alignment. The best way to fix this problem is to take it to a shop to get it aligned after you have found and replaced the damaged/bent parts. See Izook.com for a comprehensive list of links for Samurai parts.
Did you replace the fuel pump because it had a perforated punp diaphragm? As in there was gasoline in theh oil?
If so, it's time for a rebuild. If you put new rings in it, the main bearings will eventually go anyway causing a waste of the ring replacement money. Better yet, find a 1.6 8-valve or 16-valve, get a adapter kit and give that Zuk new pep!
Theoretically, you can remove the pistons out the top by removing the pan and the head, but it better be suffering from shot rings instead of a washed engine (see previous paragraph above).
Been there, done that, got the credit card bills instead of the tee shirt...
Hope this helps