Final update, The Kia is back in service and the engine is running great. I had a CEL right off the bat, it turned out to be the O2 sensor plug come unpluged and I had a slight oil leak that I traced to the valve cover gasket. It has good power but should get better as the engine brakes in and the gas milage is down a bit but again sould get better. It stays cool and runs smooth, so far I am very happy with the engine.
Thanks for everyones input and I hope this thread will help some of you out when you have to decide, should I buy or rebuild?


95 Sportage, gone but not forgotten.
98 Jeep TJ, 4" Zone springs with RC Long arms, Ford 8.8", 4.56 gears & Detroit locker rear, D30, 4.56 & Detroit Trutrack front.