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I've been using these viton ones from Genesound on the forum here.

Never an issue with them.

 

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I've been using these viton ones from Genesound on the forum here.

Never an issue with them.

Those are considerably more affordable. Thank you!
 

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As promised by CXPHREAK, these are going to be a nightmare to clean up. Going to clean up the head bolt holes (assuming this just means cleaning out oil and blasting with some solvent, then compressed air) and passages and then stuff them to prevent schmoo buildup, and then I’ll get to work on scraping gasket. Right side piston shows signs of steam cleaning, which confirms head gasket leak suspicions
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A clean cut piece of polycarbonate, if you have any, can make a nice scraper and won't damage the aluminum. Personally I would take a razor to it but it is easy to do more harm than good.
Do note the OE gasket contains asbestos so you don't want to do anything that would make dust out of it.
 

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I would call that typical, not particularly a nightmare. Trying to remove the old gasket fast is the easiest way to damage a mating surface so work at it methodically and don't be in a hurry and it shouldn't be too bad, more boring than anything (a radio play or podcast can help with that).
 

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A course rag and mineral spirits will help with the residue, but you'll need to scrape to get the paper off.
 
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