03-25-2010, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Rochester, MI
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Replace valve guides when rebuilding head?
I think I've decided I want to rebuild the head on my '95 since I've come to blame my oil consumption issue on bad valve seals, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about it, doing all the necessary work but without spending an arm and a leg.
I'm at 183k miles on the stock motor, so I want to take care of as much as possible in one shot to avoid problems down the road. So far I have the following plan.
- Fully disassemble head and get hot-tanked, do a mild porting job, clean and lap valves
- Valve seals
- Valve guides
- Cam seals
- MLS head gasket
- Timing belt and water pump
- Replace or have lifters ultrasonic cleaned
- Spark plugs, and misc other bits and pieces
Am I missing anything? Should I skip the ultrasonic cleaning and just get new lifters for the peace of mind? Keep in mind that I'm not boosted and probably won't be for quite some time, so I'm just looking for a solid refresh and maybe a little something extra from the 'ol butt dyno.