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Old September 22nd, 2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Which head gaskets are best?

Hi,

i'd like to ask you boosted guys what head gasket manufacturer is most recommended.

For now i have so called "Evergreen" head gaskets from an ebay-kit laying around, but one search for "Evergreen" on google already tells me more about the quality of those than i need.

So, i'm wondering. For now i'm considering OEM head gaskets, or those from topline or toga.

Tell me what you made your best experiences with.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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Yeah those ebay gaskets suck hard core, I've heard of people blowing them left and right, why dont you send them to me as I want to use them for templates on something. I'll give you $15 for both shipped. You should always use Felpro or Mazda, got to pay to play.

Is this what they look like http://mizumoauto.com/ebay/performan...015_image4.jpg
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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I have the mizumo auto headgaskets I don't see a problem with them. They are multy layered steel headgaskets just like stock and on the first rebuild I boosted 10 psi on them with a shitty tune that detonated and the headgaskets never blew.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 04:45 PM   #4
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i know they sell copper headgasket's but i dont feel like searching. that what i plan on using for my rebuild
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 04:48 PM   #5
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You def want to use multi layered steel headgaskets. They can take TONS of abuse!
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 05:34 PM   #6
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I've got the El Cheapo head gaskets and have no issues with them. I think they were from Eristics or smth as i cant remember it any better but they came as a kit, minus the head bolts.. I'd use OEM for a serious build and cheapos for any other motor repair i swap in.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 06:45 PM   #7
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one that doesnt leak.....


I'd say OEM
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:04 PM   #8
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Dead serious here: Prolly the only really reliable thing gasket wise to be purchased from ebay for the KL is the headgaskets. Eristic/evergreen headgaskets are perfectly fine! The rest of the gaskets suck but they somehow got the most important gasket right.
These are all that I have ever run. Well over a dozen motors i've assembled I have used the ebay head gaskets. I have not had a single headgasket failure. This includes my turbo ZE on 5 psi and my roomates (at the time) turbo ZE running 10-12+ psi.


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EBAY HEADGASKETS ARE FINE!!!
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:37 PM   #9
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DAMNIT people i'm trying to get a deal on gaskets here, why couldn't all of you follow my sarcasm.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:44 PM   #10
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I use pretty much nothing other than Fel-Pro gaskets. Out of all of the engines I've assembled using them, I haven't had one failure.

As for boosted engines, depending on how high the boost gets, you might need the Fel-Pro Locwire gaskets.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:46 PM   #11
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 08:03 PM   #12
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while most headgaskets out here for our cars are probrably fine especially with arp head studs i prefer the MLS brand headgaskets over the rest.. You can get the full engine gasket kit on ebay for under a hundred bucks shipped
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Old October 12th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #13
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im also using the ebay mls full gasket set... i dont see a problem either.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:16 PM   #14
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Has anyone actually blown a headgasket on our engines, just due to the fact it being oem? I have burnt my valves in 2 cylinders years ago and my headgaskets were just fine. I'm just wondering. There was a time when I too thought about getting copper gaskets but I'm happy I didn't.

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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #15
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Out of 7 blown engines on mine (N/A+F/I) none had to do with head gaskets so i'd say thats not a weak spot. Rods/pistons and oiling is smth to focus on!
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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:38 AM   #16
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I blew a front stocker before, though want to know the funny thing. I replaced it with ebay MLS and I forgot the last torque sequence of an extra 90 degrees, I ran it like that for over a year overheating the whole time but managable with heater on, then when I moved to Arizona it got worse 100* weather so it was then I realized the bolts were loose. I put on a new ebay MLS and used the existing head and no warping as I have the proper tools to check, no rullers for me.

I drove it 500miles on my last trip before repairing it and I had to draft big rigs couple feet away to make it home as the temps were between normal and full red and still no warping !!!
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Old October 17th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #17
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How can it be that the felpro gasket is twice as expensive as the ebay mls ??
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You would have to buy both and compare, chinese metal is cheaper to buy then American. That and the Pride American companies have that creates high prices. What's the difference between chinese stamped metal and American stamp sheet of metal? Seriously though if it were'nt for these $30/set gaskets I would not do all the builds I do, I litterly buy 5 sets at a time with local pick up, that's 10 gaskets for $100!!!
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Old October 19th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #19
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ok I need an answer quick. I am seeing the full MLS gasket set for 45 bucks shipped. Will I be ok using all the gaskets from this kit? cuz i was looking at 120 through ford... I really need two sets one for my 97 and one for kidd123's 96 PLZ help from what I have read ill be fine just wanting to make sure the VC gaskets and the IM gaskets are fine

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valve cover gaskets prolly wont last 75k miles like oem but who cares.
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Ironically the only gaskets I use/trust from fleabay are the most important ones. Head gaskets. All the rubber gaskets i've tried from there fail fairly quickly. It must be the type of rubber they use because they work great for a short while but then they shrink and begin to leak. The valve seals are also teh suckage.
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Has anyone actually blown a headgasket on our engines, just due to the fact it being oem? I have burnt my valves in 2 cylinders years ago and my headgaskets were just fine. I'm just wondering. There was a time when I too thought about getting copper gaskets but I'm happy I didn't.

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I blew a headgasket once on my boosted pgt but it was because my thermostat stuck shut.. I was boosting and didnt realize the temp until it got up to around 250.. The headgasket didnt blow bad though.. It wasnt getting water in the oil it was getting oil the antifreeze.. Everytime i would start boosting hard it would blow a little oil into the water jackets in the block and get a lil oil in my antifreeze.. The gasket still lasted a few more months until i changed it though.. So id say our headgaskets are pretty good and even better with the arp head studs
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Ironically the only gaskets I use/trust from fleabay are the most important ones. Head gaskets. All the rubber gaskets i've tried from there fail fairly quickly. It must be the type of rubber they use because they work great for a short while but then they shrink and begin to leak. The valve seals are also teh suckage.
Hmmmm.... That's wierd on the valve seals as they are listed as viton just like what every company uses that makes valve seals.. hmmm.....How long do you think the rubber gaskets will last?
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I think the worst experience I had was with one of the Eristic labeled kits. After less than a month it was leaking from both valve covers, the disty o-ring, cam seals, valve cover grommets, slight seeping from the metal coolant tube that feeds the oil cooler, oil cooler o-ring, and billowing smoke on startup and decel (valve seals). Though the majority of kit was a total waste, the headgaskets were fine. A friend got the Mizuto (or whatever it was) kit and he wound up with the same problems.

I put about 110k of the 268k on my motor with OEM vcgs and Felpro valve seals and it was still perfect up until a few rod bearings let go. Cant argue with results like that.
When I eventually get around to rebuilding my original motor, it will be with all OEM rubber stuffs and ebay head gaskets.
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