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Old 07-12-2012, 04:34 PM
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Head gasket replacment questions

I just recived my heads back from the machine shop and gathering everthing together to put the heads back on .

A few questions have come up so far while revewing my gaskets and processes for the rebuild .

1) When I removed the exaust manofolds there were no gaskets in place . The gasket kit that I purchased had them in the box . Should I use the gaskets or install with out them like they came apart .

2) When I install the valve train does there need to be anything done to the crank position . The motor has not been turned over since they were removed.

If there is anything special I need to look out for during install please let me know .
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:19 PM
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:32 PM
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Most would say install the gaskets, the crank dowel needs to be at the six o clock position.

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Old 07-12-2012, 06:51 PM
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Thanks for the input ..
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I've been curious about this too. just need to put the crank at 6 o clock, and nothing else? Just reassemble? Wanna get this right for when I do mine in about 2 months.

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:30 PM
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Not sure the reasoning behind it .I will let you know how it goes . Alot of money invested so far just want to get it right .
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Not sure the reasoning behind it .I will let you know how it goes . Alot of money invested so far just want to get it right .
Just did my 2005 man. In the cab in my garage. It's pretty fun huh? The dowel needs to be at 6 because it makes sure your piston tops won't come into contact with your valves when you tighten back down your heads. I didn't do this but I may have gotten lucky. I didn't use any manifold gaskets but I thought long and hard about it. I just cleaned the surfaces up with a red scuff. While you're doing it all you should also do upgraded banjo bolts, and I'm not sure if the 04 is the same as the 05 but I also did bullet proof oil stand pipes on the rails. P.S. when it comes time to fire her up. Be patient and have some battery chargers handy. It took me 2 days of off and on cranking and charging before she fired.
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To the op, did it work out for you. Putting crank at 6 o clock work?

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Old 08-10-2012, 06:42 PM
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:57 PM
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FYI, the manifolds are originally installed with no gaskets. However, you're supposed to install gaskets if you ever remove the manifold.
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