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MGF 2000 head gasket replacement

With my MGF being layed up for some time on SORN and left with suspected head gasket failure, I intend to replace the head gasket before putting the car back on the road again. Having previously had a genuine land Rover multi layer gasket fitted with the bonded shim I intend to leave the shim bonded in place, if on inspection it looks OK, but fit the upgraded Payen gasket instead in combination with the existing bonded Land rover shim. Any one have any experience of this situation?
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Mixing two possibly different makes of headgasket kits cant be a good thing, especially if one of the components is used. You'd be asking for trouble.
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With my MGF being layed up for some time on SORN and left with suspected head gasket failure, I intend to replace the head gasket before putting the car back on the road again. Having previously had a genuine land Rover multi layer gasket fitted with the bonded shim I intend to leave the shim bonded in place, if on inspection it looks OK, but fit the upgraded Payen gasket instead in combination with the existing bonded Land rover shim. Any one have any experience of this situation?
Please don't do that, you will be back under the inspection hatch again in less than 500 miles if you do...

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With my MGF being layed up for some time on SORN and left with suspected head gasket failure, I intend to replace the head gasket before putting the car back on the road again. Having previously had a genuine land Rover multi layer gasket fitted with the bonded shim I intend to leave the shim bonded in place, if on inspection it looks OK, but fit the upgraded Payen gasket instead in combination with the existing bonded Land rover shim. Any one have any experience of this situation?
I have a MY 2000 1.8i got the Rover Multi layer but replaced with the stronger bottom oil rail as well, new bolts that was 2010 and no problems since, no coolant goes missing, she not burning oil. So I would highly recommend the multi-layer but do the uprated bottom rail.
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I went for the latest 'N' series gasket from DMGRS. Seemed to work well.
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I put a race gasket on mine as the fire rings are thicker and was also told the oil rail was just a gimmick I have done 35k mls no problems as such
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I put a race gasket on mine as the fire rings are thicker and was also told the oil rail was just a gimmick I have done 35k mls no problems as such

Race gasket? Tell me more. Agree about the oil rail.
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Hi When I had my head done by SABRA HEADS he supplied it
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I think there was a 3 or 4 year period where Rog at Sabre Heads recommended using a Raceline head gasket with the K series.

I used one of them too for a number of years on a well abused track car with no issues so I was happy with it too......
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A bit more detail can be found here: Raceline

£155 + VAT (£186) for a K Series 1.8 head gasket though?! - I think I would want to see a bit more than a few words on a website though before I even considered spending that much money...

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I fitted a genuine original head gasket with a head saver shim. I bonded the shim to the head using heat dispersant copper spray and fitted new metal locator dowels. I did it 2 years ago and have had no problems. I bought the head saver shim from a UK company and they told me it is reusable as it is a shim and not designed as a compressible component. The method of using copper bond to stick a head saver to the head is used in American Drag racing and is a tried and tested method that works better than just the head gasket, apparently. The cost of getting the Copper spray and head saver shim makes the job more expensive but I thought worth a try considering the head and the block are alloy and are prone to warping and distorting due the soft nature of the metal.
Give it a ago what's the worst that will happen ? If you are capable of doing the head gasket yourself you might have to do it twice.. By the way the head gasket might be the least of your worries but you won't know until the head is off..


Just so you know, when I took the head off my 1.8i I found the liners uneven, the block pitted and the head warped and softened so the engine is strictly scrap but Interestingly I took the head to an engineering company to be tested and they told me they could try and fix it but it was most likely scrap but when I got the head home I checked for warping and couldn't find any which is why I refitted it with the head saver shim just to give it a go.. All seems good so far, it's gone through 2 MOTs' so I'm happy with it.
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