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I believe the FSM states that new ones should be used, howere you can reuse them. I did and all is well......

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I reused mine with no problem too. As long as you can get consistent torque readings on them, they should be fine.

87' Samurai/Suzuki Big Block/dual 40mm Mikunis/header/2" exhaust/5.5" SPOA/1" shackle lift/CJ-5/Sami springs/31" High-Tecs/roll cage, bumpers & pumpkin caps in progress...
 

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Another thing I forgot to mention is to examine the threads and made sure they are super clean before reusing them. I sprayed them with brake cleaner and wiped them with a shop towel. Then I sprayed some cleaner in the bolt holes in the block and blew them out with compressed air. I think if the threads are not clean it can give you a false torque readings.

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It is a wet torque, dunk them in clean oil after cleaning. Torque em down in about three passes, let em sit a while, and run another pass on them. I prefer the more expensive graphite coated head gaskets, they are a single torque gasket where as the standard style head gasket must be retorqued after it gets hot and seats in.

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i always reuse mine- make sure they are super clean and
the thread holes are too-then torque in at least 3 steps
i prefer 5 steps- retorque after warm-up again--i also
retorque at 500 miles--oldzuki

88 spoa samurai/weber/isky
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those that can samurai those that can't ?
 
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