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 Posted: 10-11-2013 02:41 am
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Bob 13902
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After rebuild with high compression pistons and other HP upgrades, head gasket leak after 5,000 miles from cylinder 2 to water jacket. Does anybody know if head torque should be increased with hi compression engine?

Upon head removal torque was ~80 ftlb (slightly less than spec). No uneveness between cylinder sleeves or outside or block rail and head was milled flat prior to install so no obvious reason for why leaked other than maybe the torque needs to be higher. Head gasket was the Delta Motorsports product.

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 Posted: 10-11-2013 03:46 am
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Jensen Healey
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Contact JAE for ARP torque angle studs and instructions.

http://www.jaeparts.com

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 Posted: 10-11-2013 04:15 pm
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Also make sure that the gasket fits properly. The one I received from the club store sat askew on the head, and I ended up trimming bolt and dowel holes slightly to make sure the cylinder sealing rings were perfectly centered.

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 Posted: 10-11-2013 04:20 pm
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Make sure cylinder liner nip is correct. Especially between adjacent cylinders.

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 Posted: 10-11-2013 07:26 pm
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The liners should stand .005" above the block. As Jim points out in a previous post, they can be shimmed at the bottom after removal if needed.

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 Posted: 10-11-2013 11:12 pm
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I believe the nip spec is .004-.006" liner over block and .001" between adjacent liners.

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 Posted: 10-12-2013 01:41 am
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thanks. i was in spec when I installed the liners and they still look good. Planning to go with the JAE ARP stud nut upgrade kit and higher torques. Hopefully that is the trick!

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 Posted: 10-12-2013 11:57 am
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I am running 12.1 to 1 compression ratio in a 2.2 ltr and was advised to retorque the head after 500 miles or half a dozen heat/cool cycles - no leaks in the last 25 years.
Gordon

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