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I am rebuilding my engine, had to go 40 over on the pistons and purchased a high flow head from Turner. Which head gasket should I purchase. Also do the metal ones have different thicknesses like the composite? I don’t have the engine back from the machine shop yet, so I have yet to measure with the dial gauge. If I do go metal I acquired a Victor Reinz, is that a good brand?
 

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People still use metal head gaskets? Havent even seen them available, we've sold hundreds of the composites, seems to be the most common route without issue
 

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MLS is the way to go if the surfaces are flat and smooth. Most modern engines use MLS gaskets and if LR had done the same back in the 90s I’m convinced it could have saved a lot of headaches.
 

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200 Tdi 300 Tdi ? if the deck and head are perfectly flat with no pitting or corrosion then MLS, any warp, pitting or corrosion then go Elring composite both come in multiple thicknesses, and pony up for a new set of head bolts.
 

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200 Tdi 300 Tdi ? if the deck and head are perfectly flat with no pitting or corrosion then MLS, any warp, pitting or corrosion then go Elring composite both come in multiple thicknesses, and pony up for a new set of head bolts.
Block is original, the head is brand new as mentioned above. It’s a complete rebuild on a 300Tdi, also as mentioned above. Lots of new parts including head bolts.
 

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The method of gasket selection based on piston protrusion is the same across all brands and gasket types. It's in the workshop manual and also covers warpage. However, brands such as Victor Reinz, who offers MLS gaskets, come with instructions that specify max warpage. MLS and composite gaskets share the same part numbers. You need to look at a pic of the product to determine what you're buying.
 

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As a driveway enthusiast, I have used both on different 300tdi’s. The machine shop suggested the metal version and that’s what went in. The composite version that came out showed signs of being pinched. 2 years old and installed pre import. Use what you’re comfortable with.
 

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If you are using a turner head, why don't you get the head gasket they sell? I also got a high-performance head from turner for the 2.8 tdi we are doing and just got a new head gasket they suggested.
 

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If you are using a turner head, why don't you get the head gasket they sell? I also got a high-performance head from turner for the 2.8 tdi we are doing and just got a new head gasket they suggested.
I may just do that, as stated above, I haven’t measured the piston height yet since the machine shop isn’t finished yet. I also have 2 head gaskets at the house already. One 3 hole composite and a 2 hole metal.
 
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