would there be any purpose in putting a thin film of the exhaust grade "patch" putty on both sides and then bolting up so you get more of a "squishy" gasket that might better seal between the manifold and the head?
This is one reason why I am going with ARP bolts, there appear to be quite a few of these threads over the last few months.
2001 ZX3 2.0L Zetec-
Hatch Nation #42
Going through Rebuild See "The TICK Build Thread" for details (http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289168&referrerid=62897)