OMEGA DIECAST PISTONS - PLUS 020
The MED/Omega plus-0.020" (2.800" or 71.12mm) diecast pistons are now even lighter than the original and are ideal for any A-Series engine running a static compression ratio upto 11:1.
Supplied as a balanced set of four with gudgeon pins and piston rings, which are also available separately if you require spares.
- Flat top, 6.5cc dish or 10cc dish crown options
- Made in the UK exclusively for MED
- Standard 1.498" compression height
- Standard diameter 20.6mm (13/16") press-fit gudgeon pins
- Optional short pins and clips for fully-floating little ends
- Will create a 1293cc engine with an 81.33mm stroke crankshaft
Please see the Additional Information tab for more detail and advice.
For full competition usage we would recommend upgrading to Omega forged pistons.
We would also highly recommend purchasing an MED piston installation tool for trouble-free insertion to the bores.
Diecast vs forged
Diecasting is a more affordable construction method compared to forging. In general, alloy castings are not as strong as forgings, so the diecast pistons tend to weigh more to retain high strength.
However, Omega cast pistons have been used very successfully for decades in all manner of A-Series engines, from daily drivers to competition cars. Do not confuse these pistons for standard factory-spec cast items - they are still a very high performance piston, CNC machined to the same exacting standards as the forged Omegas.
As a general rule, opt for forged pistons if you wish to exceed a static compression ratio of 11:1, have a very high performance engine or wish to run high boost levels on a forced induction setup.
For a mild road engine build we would recommend a skirt clearance of 0.0025", increasing to 0.003" for higher performance usage. However, this is only a guide - different engine builders will have their own preferences.
The recommended ring gap is 0.010"-0.012".
Gudgeon pin size
All diecast Omega pistons utilise a standard diameter 20.6mm (13/16") gudgeon pin. We can supply shorter pins and retaining clips if you wish to convert to a floating setup.
Our forged pistons mostly use a smaller, lighter 18mm diameter pin.
'Fully floating' refers to the gudgeon pin fitment to the conrod little end, where the little end is enlarged and bushed by a machine shop. Rather than being fixed in position, the gudgeon pin can still rotate freely in the bushed little end.
The fully-floating setup is preferred by race engine builders for ease of assembly/disassembly. There is also less chance of damaging the pistons on insertion.
The downside is that we do not keep little end bushes for these standard 20.6mm (13/16") pins, so these will need to be custom made to suit.
Fixed pins are the most popular choice with diecast pistons.
These are designed to be press-fitted onto standard production conrods for the 1275 engine. That includes Cooper S, Midget, 1275 GT and all A+ engines, plus SPi and MPi.
A larger capacity will produce more power for any given engine spec, so when maximum performance is the goal, offset boring to 1380cc (73.5mm) is the way to go.
However, with the increasing cost of core 1275 blocks, we generally recommend boring to the next oversize for longevity. Your machine shop will be able to make the appropriate measurements and advise further on this.
We do not recommend a larger bore than 73.5mm for reliability.
Our diecast range have several options on crown type - flat top, small dish and large dish. All pistons start with a flat top and are machined accordingly.
The crown top needs to be taken into account when calculating compression ratio.
Unfortunately we are not able to produce custom one-off pistons, due to the initial drawing and tooling costs involved. However we do stock a very wide range of pistons to suit the vast majority of 1275-based engine builds.
This process requires the melting of a special high-silicon alloy in an electric furnace with extremely closely controlled temperature. The molten alloy is then poured into a multi-piece die, producing a very accurately shaped piston casting.
The casting die is manufactured so that when the metal has solidified, the various pieces of the die can be extracted one by one. This means that undercuts and reliefs can be produced in the casting to reduce the piston weight.