Head gasket??

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Rockjaw, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. Rockjaw

    Rockjaw Member

    I took the head off on my 80cc ..i see the head gasket is metal..can that be used again??looks like it can.. or should i buy another one ?

  2. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    metal head gaskets ideally are to be thrown away when the engine is taken apart. That is because they conformed to all the irregularities the first time, and the second time the irregularities will be different in location due to manufacturing tolerances.
    Buy another one or better yet make one out of gasket material which seals so much better. Also use sandpaper and glass to plane the head and cylinder top which are not flat from the factory.
  3. Rockjaw

    Rockjaw Member

    ok got it...;) thanks!
  4. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    if not burned or cracked they can usually be used one more time by turning it over so that the compression ring on the head gets a fresh bite on the gasket