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Old 04-02-2019, 12:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
California98Civic
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Location: Coastal Southern California
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Black and Green - '98 Honda Civic DX Coupe
Team Honda
90 day: 59.27 mpg (US)

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I considered this when I pulled the head last summer to replace the head gasket. But I decided against it in the end thinking it represented a greater risk than it was worth. I took it to a good machine shop recommended by a friend who is a retired machinist. I can't remember if I spent 40 or 80 bucks right now. Either way it was damn cheap and the head was thoroughly cleaned to in the process. I do think that he took off more than was necessary, however. That disappointed me a little. But knowing that it was done right and that it'll last a long time as long as I did my part correctly in installing a new gasket and preparing the surfaces makes the small amount of money I spent totally worth it.

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See my car's mod & maintenance thread and my electric bicycle's thread for ongoing projects. I will rebuild Black and Green over decades as parts die, until it becomes a different car of roughly the same shape and color. My minimum fuel economy goal is 55 mpg while averaging posted speed limits. I generally top 60 mpg. See also my Honda manual transmission specs thread.

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