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Old 09-24-2004, 21:41   #1 (permalink)
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can i put an au metal gasket on an EA block with an early el head?
is it worth it? is it more likely to leak?

any help would be appreciated
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can i put an au metal gasket on an EA block with an early el head?
is it worth it? is it more likely to leak?

any help would be appreciated
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Yes,
Definatly,
No.

Its a good change to do for sure. AU gaskets rarely if ever blow.
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Old 09-25-2004, 02:22   #3 (permalink)
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Good question..

In response to Casper's.. Yes, Definatly. No..

Why so mate?
What's the difference and is there any downside or precautions to take?
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Yes it will fit, Definatly worth the extra cost as it is unlikely to ever blow so saves money in the long run, No, it wont leak.

AU headgaskets were redesigned and it is extreamly rare they will blow like the E Series ones did. Even if abused. No downside at all.
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Best to use new head studs as well.. I assume?
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Best to use new head studs as well.. I assume?
Always. They are only ment for 1 use. They actually stretch when tightened so they are not reusable.
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Old 09-25-2004, 03:14   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks..
I'll be putting a head on a spare engine in the next week or so (Three 'E' series in the family)
I work on one of Murphy's Laws.. that if I have spares handy I don't need them.

I would have used new head studs but hadn't considered an AU gasket.

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Old 09-25-2004, 04:39   #9 (permalink)
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definitely go the au gasket. pretty much all of us e-series guys who have had to do a gasket have gone with the au and the stronger studs.

unfortunately i cant relate my own experience. 189000 and still on the original with no signs its gonna die. i got a rare one.
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The AU steel gasket will go straight on.
They are heaps better than the E series one.
I have had one in the car for nearly 2years now.
Withiout drama's.
And my car has done all sorts of stuff since.

New head bolts are a must.
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