The rings were not stuck and their tension is still good. My cylinders have the iron sleeves in them. They are also ported using a race logic template which gets me thinking that my piston to wall clearance should be even more important since there is less support on the piston. I ordered a set of +1mm pistons today with the money I dont have lol so I guess I'll have to see what happens. I'm going to be seriously PO'd if this doesnt correct the problem!