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Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:35 am 
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hey guys

i gotta do the head gasket in my EF, alot of people have been saying to replace it with a au one because there metal, is this the better option?

also, anything else I should change while the heads off?

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Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:45 am 
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Yeah the AU gaslet is a good option. Also make sure to change the head bolts, get the AU bolts. While the head is off get the surface machined or at least checked for straightness, otherwise chances are you will need to redo the head gasket again in a year or so.
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Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:32 pm 
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the head bolts are all the same from ea to au,,have a look sometime,,but yeah new head bolts,,get it decked only if needed,,when i did mine it was really clean so i didn't have to get it machined..get the radiator cleaned out to,,new thermostat,,check you hoses as well,make sure they are all ok,new rocker cover gasket(the rubber one).

and use anti freeze stuff on the manifold bolts etc,

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:48 pm 
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naughtyfalcon wrote:
the head bolts are all the same from ea to au


EA-EL head bolts are torque to yeild therefore can only be used once whereas AU bolts can be reused if needed.
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Posted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:53 pm 
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The holes in the AU gasket dont match the EF ones, but this is immaterial i think Brad said?????????????????
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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:07 am 
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at 30 bucks a set for bolts worth gettin new ones IMO
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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:33 pm 
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these days theres difference between them so it don't matter

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:06 pm 
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EDXR8 wrote:
naughtyfalcon wrote:
the head bolts are all the same from ea to au


EA-EL head bolts are torque to yeild therefore can only be used once whereas AU bolts can be reused if needed.


There is no difference between the EA to AU head bolts. Ford only list one type as do all the other places of purchase. Either way they are cheap enough to throw away and get a new set.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:13 pm 
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EDXR8 wrote:
naughtyfalcon wrote:
the head bolts are all the same from ea to au


EA-EL head bolts are torque to yeild therefore can only be used once whereas AU bolts can be reused if needed.


There is no difference between the EA to AU head bolts. Ford only list one type as do all the other places of purchase. Either way they are cheap enough to throw away and get a new set.


Having bought both EF and AU bolts I can say there is definitely a difference. But yes, if you go to ford and ask for head bolts for an I6 you will be given the new bolts anyway.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:21 pm 
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maybe there used to be a difference?
there isnt anymore though

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:36 pm 
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Leroy wrote:
maybe there used to be a difference?
there isnt anymore though


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standard EF left - standard AU right

Now they use the au bolts for everything. Is worth making sure you dont end up with EF bolts because the AU's are the same price but are stronger (snapped head bolts suck!).

Not really a big deal though.

 

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