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Old 10-20-2018, 08:24 AM   #17
City: Anacortes
Country: USA
Join Date: Nov 2012
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You can do the one side. The opportunity is that doing both will be cheaper since you already did most of the prep of pulling everything else apart. I did just one side, because we had the other off years ago and I invested in making a gantry crane in the salon so I can do the labor myself. Itís a gamble to only do one side, but not a big gamble.

Often times head bolts get reused. Best practice is to replace. Cat went to a stronger head bolt and increased torque values at some point and that was related to the head gasket issues. At a minimum have your head bolts checked to make sure they are the higher torque variety. They are not cheap, but Iíve always felt itís not worth the gamble here to not just get new ones.
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