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Old 05-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Headgasket

Sorry if this is a re thread, but I can't seem to find the right answer. I have an E motor and I got an I head. I heard Victor gaskets are garbage. I can get a stock Fel-pro or I can wait to get a Cometic MLS gasket but that would be 2 - 3 weeks. Also, my motor as is has around 300k. So I don't know how long the motor has. When it does go I will be doing a swap (haven't decided any ideas). Also, what kind of head bolts to go for Metric Blue or ARP
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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Goetze makes a good head gasket. Honestly mileage isn't the end of the world, it all depends on how the motor was maintained throughout its life. My 325 has ~334K on it and still feels strong.

A compression/leak down test is a good way to determine the health of your motor.

For head bolts I'd just use stock replacements. There's no need to upgrade to metric blues or ARP studs unless you are boosting the motor.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for reply. Where can I buy Goetze local. I am Mississauga. how does it hold up to Fel-Pro
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
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You're right, victor reinz is garbage when it comes to the m20, but if the by is still good there's no need to replace it
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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I work at Napa so Fel-Pro and Victor I can get for my pricing. I decided last night that I might stick with my M20 for good. When it blows I will just rebuild it. I would love to do a M50 or S50 but it will be complicated down the line (I find). Right now, I have an I head, intake manifold and a MAF, also a 173 dme
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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Would it be wise to do a good head gasket then and ARP or Metric Blue bolts if I am keeping this motor?
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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yes on the gasket, and those bolts only if you plan on going force induction ie. TURBO.

other wise, stock bolts are plenty enough.
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Would it be wise to do a good head gasket then and ARP or Metric Blue bolts if I am keeping this motor?
Every time you remove the head you will need to replace the head gasket (unless you're using an MLS gasket and have only driven a few hundred km on it). Since you are swapping heads, I'd recommend having the "i" head decked, vacuum checked, and rebuild it with new seals.
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The "i" head has been rebuilt by the previous owner. Is cometic the only place that does MLS? I am probably going to turbo the car either this or next year
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The "i" head has been rebuilt by the previous owner. Is cometic the only place that does MLS? I am probably going to turbo the car either this or next year
Just use a stock paper head gasket and get ARP or Raceware head studs if you're planning on boosting the motor. And you will be good for 400+ whp. Don't waste your money on the MLS. It's simply not needed.

no need to weld the head or anything either.
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Thanks, would I need to change anything else for the motor? Or just slap the head and a new gasket.
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Thanks, would I need to change anything else for the motor? Or just slap the head and a new gasket.
You need a wiring harness and computer from an "i" car.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:50 PM   #13
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Thanks for the information guys. Very helpful
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:00 PM   #14
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Would the dme 173 work? Sorry for all these noob questions. My first project and first bmw car
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Thanks, would I need to change anything else for the motor? Or just slap the head and a new gasket.
you should absolutely check the head with a straight edge before you "slap the head and new gasket"

You should also consider going boost as quickly as possible, because an E with and I head = very low compression.
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