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Old 12-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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I have just bought my first Subie and I have spent my life on the forum. I looked up this and only see old posts about them. I would love some feedback as I start pulling and rebuilding tomorrow.

I see they have a head gasket kit for the 2.0 WRX with head bolts for $160 that's well over $100-$150 cheaper than OEM. What's the catch?

I have the same question of pistons and rings $150 really?? I don't want to throw away money and rebuild again later anyway, but I am going back to stock?

Any feedback??
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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My opinion is don't buy cheap unless there's enough good reviews to see that it's not a crap product.

Grats on the first subie! You'll love it! Post some build pics, those are always fun!
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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honestly you get what you pay for. Usually the OEM stuff is better then the cheaper ebay stuff. congrats on the subie.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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If you were asking about something like a turbo inlet, I would say go for it. But since you're talking engine internals, aka something very important, don't cheap out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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If you use anything but oem headgaskets, you will be doing them again within a year.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:18 AM   #6
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Search for some reviews about their products online, on this forum and other subaru forums to get a mix opinions about the product. OEM is still a better choice for reliability.

Congrats on the new Subie
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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I've bought about 30 gasket sets from Mizumo over the past few years, with 0 issues. Mostly EJ22 kits. I can't speak for anything forced induction, but their kits are good if you take your time and do it right. Eristic is another good brand, but their customer service is dog crap. Mizumo overnighted a timing belt to me when they sent the wrong brand with my kit, and didn't ask me to send the other one back.

What I would do in your situation, would be to contact Mizumo and request the MLS (Multi Layer Steel) head gaskets; if they're not already in the kit.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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I've bought about 30 gasket sets from Mizumo over the past few years, with 0 issues. Mostly EJ22 kits. I can't speak for anything forced induction, but their kits are good if you take your time and do it right. Eristic is another good brand, but their customer service is dog crap. Mizumo overnighted a timing belt to me when they sent the wrong brand with my kit, and didn't ask me to send the other one back.

What I would do in your situation, would be to contact Mizumo and request the MLS (Multi Layer Steel) head gaskets; if they're not already in the kit.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:24 AM   #9
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i have used mizumo engine gasket sets and timing kits easily 20 times, all their parts are genuine and made in japan

NEVER EVER customer came back for warranty issue

i recommend MIZUMO every day
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:32 AM   #10
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i have used mizumo engine gasket sets and timing kits easily 20 times, all their parts are genuine and made in japan

NEVER EVER customer came back for warranty issue

i recommend MIZUMO every day
Thank you. Have you used the NPR Pistons?
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Thank you. Have you used the NPR Pistons?
NPR is actually an OEM supplier for rings. I've used several sets of them as well.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:22 PM   #12
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put NPRs in few toyotas, these are so cheap ( price wise ) that i always advise customers to spend extra for these when i rebuild engine
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:39 PM   #13
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put NPRs in few toyotas, these are so cheap ( price wise ) that i always advise customers to spend extra for these when i rebuild engine
Sorry, I am not sure I understand. Spend more and not use NPR or spend a little more and use NPR. Are the parts cheap or the Toyota's. Sorry, English double meaning for me. please clarify. At the end of the day, happy with NPR or not?
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spend more and replace pistons even though 99% pistons are good but new ones are so inexpensive that its good to replace those

NPR is very good, never ever issues
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I might put cheap pistons in an old cheap toyota truck or something.

In a turbocharged vehicle different story however. Weisco's are a good brand and can be had for well under $500 for a set. If your going back to stock and looking for longevity however I'd go with OEM for engine internals.



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I stay away from Ebay if it sounds to go to be true it is. Like the cheap exhausts they will work but wont last long.
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I have used NPR pistons in hondas and stuff without any issues there is someone here with NPR pistons in their dsm running 10s but i wouldnt suggest putting them in my wrx.
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I have used NPR pistons in hondas and stuff without any issues there is someone here with NPR pistons in their dsm running 10s but i wouldnt suggest putting them in my wrx.
Why not? I only want to go back to stock.
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Got my story to tell...

To be continued when I get my HG redone

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I've bought about 30 gasket sets from Mizumo over the past few years, with 0 issues. Mostly EJ22 kits. I can't speak for anything forced induction, but their kits are good if you take your time and do it right. Eristic is another good brand, but their customer service is dog crap. Mizumo overnighted a timing belt to me when they sent the wrong brand with my kit, and didn't ask me to send the other one back.

What I would do in your situation, would be to contact Mizumo and request the MLS (Multi Layer Steel) head gaskets; if they're not already in the kit.

Hi, I have a question for you.

When you install Mizumo MLS gaskets, do you use silicone/sealant on them?

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Grats on the suby you'll never go back
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #22
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Just got my failed MIZUMO head gaskets off... they failed miserably, very miserably.

I really wanted it to not be them that failed, but they did.

I have pictures to show how badly they failed.

The auto tech that did my GH only uses TOMEI, another very reliable brand if you don't want to go OEM is COSWORTH

I could have bought the Tomei kit for $300, but I opted for the Mizumo for $150 (shipping inc.).

I could have saved myself $700 and the aggravation of an over heating car, if I had just gone with my tech's kit. on top of the $850, I bought a new Thermostat $40, radiator cap $12, had it tested to see why it was over heating $40, and endless amount of coolant $60, and the endless pulling over to let the car cool... the highway was my favorite spot to pull over and wait for the car to cool down, to avoid redlining it.

Thank you MIZUMO, you added excitement to my summer driving experience!


I have to thank my tech for giving me a deal of $850 to redo the job.

Stay away from the MIZUMO MLS head gasket kit!!




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Old 11-06-2013, 07:40 PM   #23
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Hi, I have a question for you.

When you install Mizumo MLS gaskets, do you use silicone/sealant on them?
No, and after reading your posting, I hope your "tech" doesn't either. Adding any sealant will throw off the tolerances of the sealing surface (Assuming the heads and block were decked properly to begin with, and guarantee a leak.

I get that your balls are chafed, but your mechanic probably screwed up. And when your $300 hgs fail again, I hope you see where the problem lies.
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