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Author Topic:   Head Gasket, Spacer Shim???
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 92
posted April 12, 2003 08:35 PM
A buddy of mine told me I should not use a "regular" head gasket. Just a spacer shim. Have any of you ever done that and if you have what were your results?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 110
posted April 16, 2003 03:42 PM
Depends on what kind of clearances you have and whether you need to gain some compression or not used right the shim gasket will work fine. I dont know what engine your dealing with so the thickneses vary bye brand and engine make hope this helped a little.... towman

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 92
posted April 17, 2003 12:27 PM
Im running a ford 2.3 with a milled head. I think I need to put some washers on my headbolts or cut them a bit. Maybe my gasket isnt blown just the bolts bottoming out.

im gonna be in front someday

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 18, 2003 05:30 PM
if your head is milled more than .125" you need to shorten your head bolts about three sure to clean up the threads well where the bolts will start by hand so your torque settings will be accurate.if your considering a shim then coat both sides of the shim with an even spray of k&w coppercoat.torque as need to be sure you have a minimum of .035" between the piston and deck of the head.Ex:if your piston is .010" in the hole at tdc and your shim is .025" then your right.anything less and you may have problems.after installing the shim advance a retard your cam 10 degrees each way and turn several revolutions by hand with the spark plugs removed to ensure you have valve clearance.hope this helps
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