Re: head gasket question
well, tell the ford dealer to pull their finger out, i work at a ford dealer myself, and, the head gasket is available seperate, it has its own part #, something like er5081a? i can get the number you need to order for you if you want it?? retail on the gasket alone would be roughly $80
you say the m/t p/t gaskets are black graphite? well, their not mls gaskets then, a Multi layer steel gasket, is exactly that, just 3 pieces of thin sheet metal, nothing else.
my thoughts on the head bolts is that your probably right, BUT, when screwing the head down on my turbo engine, i was keen to take the risk on the cheaper ones not being up to the task as good as genuine, take your pick i guess, its your cash...
BUT i have seen some aftermarket bolts and honestly didnt look to be any different, although i didnt compare them side by side with genuine ones
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