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02-13-2013 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by Donnyd21 View Post
Use the coupon codes and get it cheaper!
Yes, i saved at least $100 in parts
02-12-2013 10:15 AM
Originally Posted by lmcd314 View Post
I'm not sure of the model #'s but I used the felpro set from advanced auto. It has been running fine since September. Don't skimp on the head gasket. I paid about $130 for the set.
Use the coupon codes and get it cheaper!
01-28-2013 10:24 AM
a_2000_se A little late to the dance here but... it looks like you got your questions answered. Good advice on replacing 'yes' replacing your #4 rod. It's been stressed and probably bent.

Hopefully this may not be too late - There "is" an aftermarket manufacturer with a 'new' cast for the SPI SOHC head that supposedly addresses the dropped valveseat problem and makes it a non-issue. A thread somewhere here in this section during the last year was started on this topic.
01-14-2013 04:21 PM

I'm not sure of the model #'s but I used the felpro set from advanced auto. It has been running fine since September. Don't skimp on the head gasket. I paid about $130 for the set.
01-14-2013 03:51 PM
malim Hey. Im having an issue now with parts. I wanted to order some parts from ROCKAUTO, but they took off Cylinder Head Bolts & Oil Pan Gasket, claiming that they might not fit the vehicle due to several returns they had.

Can you guys verify whether you used Fel-Pro #72672 Head bolts and Fel-Pro OS30915R Oil Pan Gasket on the SPI ?

Thank you.
01-12-2013 11:08 PM
this is what i used

i bought this piston, connecting rod and rings setup already assembled, yes it costs a little more, but it sure was convenient, ( )

then i bought this assembled head

saved some money with:
01-12-2013 08:53 PM
WrenchTurnerDave not reuse that connecting rod, or wristpin. They are definitely bent. Only slightly can make a difference, trust me.

Also, other responder was correct, exhaust seats hardened, have new seats pressed into intake and have metal "gnurled" over them to prevent this from happening again.

Also, I've kept up this whole time, you are doing a great job. Don't listen to users like Top Ace, you're doing fine.
01-09-2013 11:47 PM
malim Yeah, the wrist pin is pressed in on these ones. No clip.

So what do you guys think ? The fact the wrist pin moves like that, judging by the pictures in post #2, definitely some damage to the pin, but how would I know if my rod is salvagable ?
Press the new piston in and see ?
01-09-2013 05:42 PM
mikebontoft oops yeah
01-09-2013 05:37 PM
amc49 You mean pressed, floating have clips in the pistons...........floating means BOTH the piston and rod are slipfit.
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