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    just blew head gasket, replacement?

    i just blew my second head gasket. im running et140r at 8350 rpm and 14 psi and did about 60 hours on this gasket. Btw i used a stock head gasket and new stretch bolts. i won't be using another oem gasket because i want it to last longer. which gaskets do you suggest? i just ordered the Riva Pro gasket but want to use stretch bolts again because i won't be able to remove the head again with studs because the hull will be in the way, short of removing the studs if at all possible. is this wise? or are the oem bolts the problem? any suggestions?


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    If it the second gasket I would make sure the head and block are true..

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    buying an 08 head for my 04 and reusing my cam because i think it's better, right? upside of this is the valves are not the crumy 04 ones, gonna get the head checked flat also

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    You can remove the head with the studs in bro. U have to remove the manifold first though.

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    i really don't want to remove the manifold though, what a pita

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    do you think the studs will save the gasket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by masta2000 View Post
    buying an 08 head for my 04 and reusing my cam because i think it's better, right? upside of this is the valves are not the crumy 04 ones, gonna get the head checked flat also
    Keep your head, just get new valves and the head decked and valve job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masta2000 View Post
    do you think the studs will save the gasket?
    The claim is they do. I blew a riva gasket with studs in last year torqued to specs. I had my head sent off over the winter and installed with another riva gasket. Im open loop now so ill never know probably. The manifold is not hard bro, just time consuming.

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    You can install the studs after you set the head and exhaust manifold on together.

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    Will the 08 head fit perfectly, or is the oil system different

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