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What's a good aftermarket Headgasket for a H23?

I'm planning on doing my headgasket for the very first time on my 94 Prelude Si. I've owned the car for 2 years. It has always had an overheating problem ever since I got it. Last owner said he had a new head put on it (total bs), There is "glitter" in the coolant. I've replaced everything in the cooling system and bled the air multiple times. From water pump to radiator. It only gets hot after 20 min of driving. Anyways, I don't want to go really cheap on the headgasket, but I want something that's pretty good. I saw on a Honda part website the head gasket was like $80. Perhaps something you guys used and had no problems whatsoever. A link would be great, thanks.
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Re: What's a good aftermarket Headgasket for a H23?

All of this is presuming you have a factory cooling system.
Why do you think your car needs a new head gasket?

- Ok, first off you need to do a total system flush. Get all that glitter crap outta there. Motor flush included. That may be all you need to do.
- Flush your radiator well...or replace it. (again)
- Pressure test your cooling system to find out where it leaks.

You mention overheat...do your fans work? Make sure of that. Let car idle until the temp gauge in the middle and watch for fans to work...both.
- Use an oem thermostat. More durable and more accurate.

Now you decide it is indeed the head gasket that is the issue..
- You may have some warp due to overheating. Get a machine shop to check and fix if need be.
- Buy new head studs. They stretch and when you tighten to specified torque that may not apply the correct tension between the block, gasket and cylinder head.
- Buy the oem gasket. Don't cheap out on this. Many racers prefer the oem ones to more pricey ones.
-Torque the bolts nice n proper. Keep even tension on everyone the entire way through the process.

No mention of water pump because their impellers either paddle the water or don't. No in between. So unless that glitter you speak of has clogged it, it's not an issue.
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All of this is presuming you have a factory cooling system.
Why do you think your car needs a new head gasket?

- Ok, first off you need to do a total system flush. Get all that glitter crap outta there. Motor flush included. That may be all you need to do.
- Flush your radiator well...or replace it. (again)
- Pressure test your cooling system to find out where it leaks.

You mention overheat...do your fans work? Make sure of that. Let car idle until the temp gauge in the middle and watch for fans to work...both.
- Use an oem thermostat. More durable and more accurate.

Now you decide it is indeed the head gasket that is the issue..
- You may have some warp due to overheating. Get a machine shop to check and fix if need be.
- Buy new head studs. They stretch and when you tighten to specified torque that may not apply the correct tension between the block, gasket and cylinder head.
- Buy the oem gasket. Don't cheap out on this. Many racers prefer the oem ones to more pricey ones.
-Torque the bolts nice n proper. Keep even tension on everyone the entire way through the process.

No mention of water pump because their impellers either paddle the water or don't. No in between. So unless that glitter you speak of has clogged it, it's not an issue.
I've flushed multiple times. There's still some glitter left. Fans do work, I bought a new thermostat from Honda. I actually did a block test and the test liquid developed a hint of green.
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