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Best head gaskets

Discussion in 'Engine questions' started by thexav, 1 December 2014.

  1. thexav

    thexav Pro Tuner Staff Member

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    Car:
    2002 Clio 172
    When you have to replace a head gasket do you go with the standard OEM ones or are there better alternative options around out there?
     
  2. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    From:
    Essex
    Car:
    Elan & Robin Hood
    Standard engine - Doesn't need anythnig other than an OEM or pattern gasket. Why waste money?

    Tuned engine - Depends on state of tune. Mild tune can still use standard gasket. However, once the cylinder pressures start to rise a more robust gasket is required, ranging from multi-layer to solid copper. Different engines of the same power may require different spec gaskets so best to ask around.
     
  3. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

    Messages:
    4,782
    From:
    Brisbane
    Car:
    JB Starion
    To use a MLS gasket requires a finer/smoother surface finish on the head and deck for the best result.
    MLS gaskets are not needed for NA motors but highly recommended for boosted motors along with ARP head studs.

    Solid copper gaskets are usually teamed with ss "O "rings to get the best seal.
     
  4. old-git

    old-git Moderator

    Messages:
    9,178
    From:
    Essex
    Car:
    Elan & Robin Hood
    Agreed, or go the hole hog and fit Wills Rings :)
     
  5. TAZ67

    TAZ67 Full member

    Messages:
    16
    From:
    Scotland
    Car:
    Vauxhall Astra mk4
    I've had Cometic head gasket fitted in many tuned engines and no problems so far. Highly recommended!
     
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