Aftermarket Stihl pistons?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by That Guy Gary, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    We are in need of a replacement piston for one of our saws quick and I don't know what's up with our dealer but their distributor has been horrible lately in regard to getting things shipped in a timely manner.

    Online OEM resellers charge way too much, but I see lots of aftermarket engine components that are affordable.

    If you've had any experience with them would you share it?
  2. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,991

    I've used several Meteor and Hyway pistons, both came with Caber rings.
    They worked great, still workin' great.
  3. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,441

    Seems when they come out with a new piston, there’s growing pains.
    I used Meteor with good results.
    Problems I’ve seen are with the wrist pin retainer groove.
    Some of the retainer rings were soft also.
    I got a steady supply of old saws to repair and resell, being at a Stihl dealership.
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    That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    Another post reminded me about this saw, thought I'd follow up.

    Slapped a meteor piston in an MS261 a few days after this post and it's been running every day the weather would allow us to work since then doing removals.

    At this point I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another if needed.
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