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    Default Head gasket is the least of my worries today

    40psi + 1.5ltr/min of 50:50 water/methanol = shattered head

    The pistons and block are fine but the head has loads of cracks in it, so I'm having to order up a recond one for about £330 (better than the £870 VX offered). That's added another £200 to the bill, so I'm just north of £1.5K now.

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    thats bad news there Carl .

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    Time to buy a vxr instead?

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    Looks like you are going to need to reduce the pressure

    Does then mean you have exceeded the limit of where you can go with this engine with the standard head and need to back off the PSI?
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    Well I did not mean to run 40psi, it was over boosting up there out of control. The external waste gate now prevents the boost exceeding 32psi and I will reduce the amount of water/methanol. The pistons being fine though, the temps are clearly within acceptable ranges. Still looking to be back on the road this week and the turbo will be swapped over at the same time.

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    One thing this does mean is that there is no point fitting stronger pistons or rods without an uprated head.

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    hope it all goes to plan
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    nightmare i hope you get it sorted without too much expense

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    Yaalk about test to destruction. At least you're getting it all back together fairly quickly, pity about the extra expense.

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    This is what the head should not look like

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