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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:23 pm 
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OK folks doing the head on the old man's XG pano...had it 5 weeks and its dropped out on no1 cyl got a gut full of water..(happy as can be....NOT..)...sending the head off tomorrow to get it checked over and reco'd aswell as the radiator...anyways back to the topic Ive heard alot of people use the AU headgasket on the earlier motor as they last longer/more reliable...whats the deal with this as I was at the parts shop today and supposedly the eb/ed/xg/ef/el/au are all the same only difference is the rocker cover gasket....not that Im worried about that got the speco one full rubber jobbie...

so if anyone can enlighten me as to wether the factory gasket is the AU tin/steel style it would be greatly appreciated...

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:43 pm 
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All the head gaskets ea-au are the same shape and are interchangeable, but the ford AU head gaskets are a MLS (multi-layer steel) type and are very strong.

Just go to a ford spare parts and ask for an AU head gasket. Expect to pay $80-90.

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:45 pm 
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It's the genuine AU one from ford that people are talking about.

Aftermarket could mean anything, and generally will not be like the metal AU one.

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:48 pm 
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thanx for the quick replies guys thats what I had figured the spares couldnt shed any light on the matter so I thought it must be a genuine thing...

at the end of it all are they really worth the extra $$$$..???? its only a work car for the old man, no mods never gets a hard time...

cheers again....Kev

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:53 pm 
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For the extra $50 it is probably worth putting one on, but if doen properly - new head bolts, flat and clean head and block, accurate torque settings - there is no reason why a normal head gasket wont last another 10 years.

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:00 pm 
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i personaaly beleive its worth it,i got my full vrs set from ford and just got the gasket swapped,easy as that,but as has been said flat clean surfaces and new correctly tensioned head bolts and a regular one will be fine and then have some beers after it with the money ya saved

 

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Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:01 pm 
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Im thinking you might be right..(ill price up a gasket in the morning and see the difference..)..Ill just deal with what I have head is off to get straightened/shaved etc tomorrow...the full reco whatever it needs.. new water pump reco rad, new head bolts...(a must for any E-series head job) all new hoses belts etc...no point doing the job halfway and I spose the original lasted the last 200,000 kms so I guess this one should too

Thanks for the advice been a few years since Ive been in the trade so yeah Im kinda out of touch with what works and what doesnt...

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