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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:07 pm 
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Do you oil the thread of the head bolts before putting them in and tightening? This can make a dramatic difference in the tightening torque required, this may be where IT'S PERFORMANCE comes up with those figures.
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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:22 pm 
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i use the blue thread sealer

doesn't dry hard but holds the bolts in

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:47 pm 
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Lock tight...
You shouldn't need that.
I just put a little bit of CRC on the bolt threads before I put them in.
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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:50 pm 
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You also need oil on the base of the head bolt where it makes contact with the head.

Failure to put oil on there is a big reason why people feel they need to tighten bolts more than advised.

I generally use normal engine oil because that will withstand a higher pressure whilst tightening due to a thicker viscosity. You could use an extremely thin layer of extreme pressure grease such as wheel bearing grease if you were fanatical but normal engine oil should do the trick.
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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:53 pm 
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When I worked at a Dealership, we used Graphite grease.
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Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 1:54 pm 
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Thats probably what I was thinking of... As long as you're not putting it into the head dry, it's all good :)
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Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:34 am 
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I used Never Seize it a type of graphite goop

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:46 am 
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graphite paste it is then

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keep the advice coming in

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:15 pm 
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Check your timing when your done, i had a EA where the harmonic balancer had slipped.....find TDC with a screwdriver

only problem i had. Timing chain guides are a nightmare too BTW

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:16 am 
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noe do i have to remove the inlet manifold or can i just un bolt it from the head a leave in the engine bay :?:

is there a stay between it and the block :?:

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:06 pm 
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well i've decided to get the ACL EA gasket kit which is $74 and the bolts will be $42

i will use the hylomar :?: gasket sealer and the blue gasket goo to go around the front of the head and the block.

what would you all sugest to clean the top of the block with :?:

so instead of the gaskets alone costing $210 everything will cost $210

all good ya

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 9:38 pm 
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well for those that may be interested the head gasket has been done

all went well except for three of the head bolts would not undo

so we had to use the old angle grinder,cold chisel and hammer

all back together and running

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 10:37 pm 
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pepsimax wrote:
all went well except for three of the head bolts would not undo

so we had to use the old angle grinder,cold chisel and hammer

all back together and running


jeezz. what were u using to undo them?

 

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Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 11:04 pm 
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a socket and bar :)

but if they don't want to move they won't :?

 

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pepsimax wrote:
well for those that may be interested the head gasket has been done

all went well except for three of the head bolts would not undo

so we had to use the old angle grinder,cold chisel and hammer

all back together and running


What exactly did you do with the above tools??

 

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