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Head Gasket, Idiot Alert!

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06 WR450 top end job.  After meticulously following the manuals instructions for torquing the head, I realized I had forgotten to install the front timing chain guide. :banghead:  IDIOT!  Back off with the head.  Now, did I pretty much ruin my new head gasket?  I torqued it completely per the manuals instructions ( 20 ft lbs--then 180 degrees in stages...)  Give it to me straight Doc....Thanks in advance

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been there done that,  got lucky with the gasket, inspect it good and maybe use some spray copper on it. 

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the 4t gaskets are usually multi layered and use a graphite type coating. If the graphite peals away stuck to the gasket surfaces it's pretty much toast on a head gasket.  On a side case, if you DONT scrape any of the material away and put it back in the same place with some goop you can usually reuse.

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