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Any opinion on head gasket brands?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by DC Ultra, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. DC Ultra

    DC Ultra FEOA Donator

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    Hi.

    my preference is Blue.
    hah.

    but really, if anyone would share experience would be appreciated.
    maybe one that failed early despite what should have been a good install.

    (this is quite subjective so maybe avoid bashing to a minimum?)

    and i really do want to go with a blue colour theme ... but colors aside as far as brands go.

    Thanks in advance for your time/share.
  2. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    If you care to put the time into it. Using an MLS hg will be more convenient for any future hg jobs. Graphite style hg are a real PITA. Fel-pro & Victor Reinz brands are fine. I prefer VR myself.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    All of mine were either Victor Reinz or FelPro headgaskets. I havent had any failures, in the six 1.9L engines I have done; all of them now daily drivers for friends or family. In cases where the headgasket had failed or was at least leaking coolant, there was a fair amount of dark areas on the top of the block, i.e. black rust. And on most of the blocks the area nearest the driver's side toward the radiator was the darkest. This is also where I found the head bolts most likely to have rust on them. In two cases I had the machinist mill the top of the block to get rid of the corrosion and down to shiny iron. One block got milled .007", the other got milled .008".
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  4. EscorGo

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    Another vote for FelPro. Why blue, can you even see the headgasket once it's installed? Are you meaning the valve cover gasket? FelPro is blue and you can see the outer edge.
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  5. DC Ultra

    DC Ultra FEOA Donator

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    omg - so true ... most likely can't see the head gasket.
    duh! :D
    hmm... i did buy a hg set a while ago.
    the valve cover gasket was blue and i only used the valve cover gasket so far.
    and the head gasket isn't, and i thought to myself, "i wonder if they have this in blue"
    and not... ahaha.
    :roflmao:

    i think, after seeing those headgasket sets with the pink, i got scared.
    :eek:

  6. BOSS302man

    BOSS302man FEOA Donator

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    The fact you're worried about color tells me you may have never done a HG job before. Is this a first time thing for you?
  7. DC Ultra

    DC Ultra FEOA Donator

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    ode to vanity....
    this would (if attempted) be second time.
    last time, did not have time nor resources to contemplate matching colors
    under the hood.
    :rolleyes:
    very little experience compared to others here.
    blown head gasket on 1994 honda passport, the isuzu 4 cylinder engine.
    back in fall of 2006.
    was successful (in terms of the car starting and running)
    then about 2 weeks and 2k miles later, the bolt that holds on the harmonic balancer
    came off somewhere... somewhere in Charlotte greater metro area.
    lucky the balancer stayed on til next day where i got a replacement from Honda.
    sold car after about 10k miles or so ... was still runnin' good.
    was no fancy (front seat was bench) and not too much internet help back then, not like it is now.
    some guy in Oregon was able to answer a few questions i had to help the change along is about all i remember now.

    currently, got scratch runnin' from front fender down to rear quarter on the passenger side,with bondo spots too,and i got a dent in the rear driver side quarter panel (wifey backed into base of street light)
    and im still contemplating putting time into pre-emptively doing a hg change,
    and possibly a tranny swap and with an eye on the color scheme.
    what me worry?
    :dead:
  8. DC Ultra

    DC Ultra FEOA Donator

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    thought i read somewhere, to use one type of headgasket only?
    maybe.. graphite only?

  9. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    You can use whatever you want. It's all about the prep work.
  10. DC Ultra

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    oh no.
    you mean like.. how fine to mill the cylinder and block surfaces?
    or more?

  11. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Yes MLS needs a clean surface with a rougher finish. Graphite just needs a clean surface. Graphite just sucks to clean off, MLS is less messy.

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