December 21, 2022
Cylinder head gaskets are one of the most popular and largest product groups at Wilmink Engine Parts. Our range offers a large selection, so choosing the right gasket can sometimes be a difficult decision. In our blog, the specialists advise you in a clear step-by-step plan from the purchasing process to the installation.
The range of gaskets consists of three different types: classic, modern and performance gaskets. Each gasket is better suited to a different type of application. Our specialists will be happy to explain which gasket fits your engine block.
The 'classics' are the gaskets you may be familiar with from the past. These are fibre gaskets, often reinforced with a metal insert.
Advantages of classic (or conventional) head gaskets are:
Modern engines are delivering more and more power, and with higher temperatures, this type of gasket is no longer widely used. The modern gasket, or MLS gasket, is more common today. However, the classic head gasket will still serve older engines for many years to come.
As discussed earlier, the modern metal layer (MLS) head gasket is the most common in today's newer engines. New developments, such as smaller cylinder capacity with high power, selective cylinder deactivation and hybrid technology, demand more and more from head gaskets, which is why the MLS head gasket was born.
Advantages of modern head gaskets are:
A disadvantage is that the finish of the fitting surfaces needs to be much more precise, compared to a conventional gasket.
Performance applications require a completely different level of gaskets, as these engines demand more than the usual. Two types of gaskets are actually used for these applications: metal layer head gaskets and cut ring head gaskets.
Metal layer head gaskets
These gaskets are used for the most contemporary, current engines, but for performance, other technologies are also used in the metal layers. There are the Multi Layer Steel gaskets, also called MLS gaskets, which meet higher requirements. In addition, there are even more elaborate versions with, for example, an extra layer for higher loads, coatings for high temperatures or an HP Shim Layer. Gaskets can also be custom made to add the best materials, size and details to your head gasket.
Cut ring head gaskets
We also offer cut ring head gaskets for performance professionals. These gaskets can withstand very high pressure and have great sealing power. However, the cylinder head must be flattened on assembly due to the notched cut rings.
Now that the basics around the types of gaskets are known and you know which gasket suits your application, the choice of a brand also needs to be made. Of course, availability also plays an important role, but we have listed the most popular and in-stock brands.
Type of gaskets: Various types
Our range of private label items is wide, so there is a solution for most applications. Many kinds of passenger cars can turn to our private label for a suitable head gasket of excellent quality.
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Type of gaskets: Metal layer head gaskets and soft metal gaskets.
Victor Reinz is a very well-known name when it comes to gaskets and has been offering very good quality head gaskets for various applications for decades. For gasket removal, Reinz also offers the RE-MOVE gasket remover (WG1245955), which easily removes gaskets in combination with a scraper (WG1889328).
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Type of gaskets: Metal-layer head gaskets (Metaloflex™ and metal-elastomer) and soft metal gaskets.
Elring is another name not to miss in the gasket world. Apart from oil rings and liquid gaskets, their head gaskets are definitely in the list of A-quality products. The brand is also an OE supplier to several car brands. We supply Elring's complete range for various applications.
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Type of gaskets: Metal layers head gaskets (MLS, MLX, HP Head and custom)
Cometic Gasket is the brand for gaskets focused on performance. Besides many specialised metal layer head gaskets, they also have the option for custom gaskets. Which might also be interesting for vintage cars or other special applications.
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After ordering your parts, we are also happy to give you tips around installation. Below you will find a step-by-step plan, drawn up by our specialists together with information from our suppliers. This step-by-step plan is very important to follow for a correct installation. In addition, our specialists provide tips to make the installation as smooth as possible.
Watch the Elring video below for installation instructions.
You can find most of our cylinder head gaskets through our webshop. Need some extra personal assistance in purchasing your cylinder head gasket? Then contact our specialists at email@example.com and we will be happy to help!
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