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Rebuilding a y7 head

Old 11-11-2009, 04:38 AM
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Default Rebuilding a y7 head

I'm wanting to get some practical wrench time in on my engine. Since my valve seals are trash, I'm picking up a cheap spare y7 head to work on for a swap. I wanna basically go for a factory rebuild, check to see if it's all in spec, replace all the gaskets, etc. I'm gonna go pick up a few tools and I was wondering what all I need. Like, is there really that much pressure on the valve springs that I need a spring compressor? What other tools will come in handy, etc. I plan on glancing through the service manual and using it as a guide.

(And yeah, a mini me did come to mind. But I've decided that this 4 door, having been wrecked 4 times, is not the cleanest platform for any kind of real performance work.)
Old 11-11-2009, 06:01 AM
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body work has nothing to do with power, vtec yo!, you can pretty much get the y8 head for the same cost,it will add hp.
but yes you will need a spring compressor them damn little springs hold a lot of power, and it will be 100x easier. i suggest getting it shaved and have then do a 3 angle valve job after you strip the head before replacing the seals. it will give your valves a better seal.
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