Thanks for pointing that out Corsair - damn spell check (and my fat thumbs).
The cylinders are not damaged, and the rings are installed staggered (roughly 12, 3, and 9 o'clock positions).
I made the mistake of asking my father-in-law (who said 'no' when I asked to marry his daughter nearly 30 years ago). He is a retired TWA mechanic (actually worked on Stratoliners for TWA, but I digress). He said only an idiot would pull the pistons out of the cylinders and not replace the rings because no matter what I did I would not get the rings back in the same position during reassembly and the result would be oil consumption requiring me to pull the cylinders again, hone them, and replace the rings - so why not just do it now (unless I'm the idiot mentioned).
However, I think he is focusing too much on what should be done with a HUGE aircraft engine with the risk of failure being catasrophic. So Corsair, what say you to that???
At this point, I really don't care either way. There is nearly no additional work (just pulling the rings off and putting new on). I already have an order coming from Patrick Racing so I would only need to add the two ring sets (OK that might cost a bit more, but relatively speaking, not much). I don't own a honing wheel, but I could have the machine shop do it for $5 per cylinder.
So my only question is what is best overall for the engine long-term? Because I damn sure don't plan to open this thing again!