08-11-2009, 04:40 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Originally Posted by Billjohn
- When installing the head, make sure the gasket is laid down in the right direction. Otherwise you block a small oiling hole that will case ugly damage later on... (been there, done that).
- The screws that hold the rocker shafts into the head need to be 'staked' down to avoid losing them into the engine later. Use a mallot and a flat tipped screwdriver to stake them.
- If you can find an aluminum valve cover from a Geo Metro 1.3, it cleans up good for a little more 'bling' under the hood. It will fit a Suzuki 1.3 and looks a heck of a lot better than the stamped steel stock cover.
- Try to retain the stock exhaust manifold gasket. Not only does it seal better than an aftermarket gasket, but it also has heat sheilds built n to protect the plug boots.
- When setting the timing, Do it exactly like the Suzuki Factory Service manual says to... and then turn the disty rotor 180 degrees. The manual has an error and you will be 180 degrees out at the distributor.
I would like to thank you for that most valuable information, much appreciated as it goes a long way when small projects are undertaken.
I will of course change the timing belt and water pump while we have the head off. Hopefully I would find any more serious damage, like a cracked head or damaged block. Do you feel its also worth getting the head skimmed while its off the block.
Can you recommend any companies to purchase the bits from.