Well last night I stripped the bottom end down which involved removing the sump, oil pump, windage tray and lower dip-stick tube so I could change the rods over.
Changed the rods over fine, as re-assembled as done previously.
The SAENZ rods felt much better on the piston gudgeon pins, and were all properly sized unlike the Chinese rods. I also found there was 6-7 thou less end-float on the big-end crank journal with these rods.
Anyhow, after the bottom end was all back together, I didn