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Old 09-15-2016, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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quick question. I know i can re-use arp head studs if they are within spec, but if i torqued down a brand new oem head gasket between a machined head and block and i need to take the head back off, would i be able to reuse the head gasket? no, the engine hasn't been started.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Since you haven't started it POSSIBLY, but I would DEFINATELY copper spray it. Biggest question is though what brand head gasket?Style? etc. if its Fel-Pro just go warranty. lol
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its Honda oem
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Don't copper spray anything, and you can reuse the gasket if it was only torqued down and not heat cycled. Copper spray will only cost extra money and won't stop a leak from happening, as long as everything is straight it will seal.
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Hmm... torqued it to 60 ft lbs? I think the correct question to ask you is... Would you be willing to take it back apart if it doesn't work? If not, then go get a new one. If yes, then we all will know the answer to your question in about 150-300 miles if it does or doesn't over heat. I personally never reused gaskets, never works out well for me. I wouldn't want to do it if it was me. Just the gasket isn't that expensive and certainly not worth the frustration of being stranded possibly on the highway somewhere..
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't copper spray? lol okay (: it transfers heat and it makes it able to handle more heat. Ask me how I know? ive done it, lets you be bale to run it hotter before it starts to leak. I guess its preference. I live by it on new gaskets. Theres even other threads where other people swear by it. $6 for a can of copper spray. $6 is worth the extra reassurance to me.

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Old 09-15-2016, 10:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That spray is great for metal gaskets that dont have a viton seal.


Honda Gaskets have a viton seal which does a damn good job of holding together.


but, its your engine, do what you like.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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^^^^^ That I didn't know, Thanks for the info! I've always used fel-pro due to their warranty and easy to find. Rep for explaining that Esotericimage .

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It'll be fine if it hasn't been heat cycled. I've asked the same question, got the same answer, did the same thing, and never had an issue.

Believe Bone even re-used a heat cycled gasket before and didn't have any leaks.
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cool, thanks for the feedback! Also talked to my buddy that's a tech at Honda for some years now that's built boosted engines on the side. Said its cool to re-use it. He even mentioned he's used one that's ran for just a couple miles and re-used and had no problems. But also, using a heat cycled one is up to you of course and may not yield the same results.
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Always heard no.
There tq gasketes. You tq them and they flatten out/crush more.
I wouldnt reused one even if there wasnt any heat cycles.

And copper spray isnt really needed on these gasket.
I use it before without problems. But its not needed so i stop using it.
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