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Old 03-23-2003, 23:44   #1 (permalink)
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Which Headgasket

Which is better of the headgaskets ACL or Ford or are they similar quality, any better ones avail

Standard internals - what would be the usual lifespan of a 3.9, i know it depends on alot of diffrent things but mine has done 260,000 do i need to start thinking of a rebuild down the track. its not blowing smoke of any description though - i know the head has been removed b4
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There is nothing wromg with the standard Ford one.

If your interested i've got one for sale, good price.

Otherwise go with an AU Steel gasket, they are not cheap.
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I have had nothing but problems with the ACL gaskets. Switched to Felpro, who make most genuine ford ones, and have had no problems. BTW, this is on a V8, not the 6cyl.

Also, although many 6cyl go for much more than 260,000km, if you have the head off, it's not that much more work to rebuild the bottom end.
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wait till it starts to blow smoke then rebuild it, use the extra time (i reckon you have heaps and heaps of km left in that motor if you service regularly) to save up, so when it does wear out you can splash out on a ACL race series rebuild kit, head porting, big ass lumpy cam, stand alone computer or piggyback chip and go fast :) maybe even add a turbo, those race series pistons are good for like 700hp i have been told...
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ive heard nothing but good things about the permaseal gasket
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those race series pistons are good for like 700hp i have been told...
they can handle a lot of abuse provided the car is tuned very well

pay alot of attention to tuning and they will live a happy life

i am using them in my 740hp ea project and a freind of mine uses them in his ea that does 10 sec passes and has 544 horse at the wheels

tho stoko cast pistons have been used in 250rwkw applications with no dramas running at 15-17psi

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I probably buy the ford one since i have to get the bolts from there anyway, when i rebuild the motor i will have to have some kind of forced induction - its the cheapest wayfor me to get decent power with a good potential avail from the 6 - Or i quite like the toyota range of engines with either at 7m-gte or iuz-fe fitting quite nicely into the engine bay
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Mate, look at Monotorque head gaskets - I've been using them in various cars for 10 years without problems. They are also a heap cheaper than Ford gaskets - buy them from Marlows or Repco, etc.
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