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  1. 1996 E36 318iS - Advice on Skimming the head 
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    Alrite guys! Looking for advice on skimming th head on my 318 is coupe. Has anyone done this on here?? Need to no how much is safe to take off and wether to leave normal gasket on or use thicker 1? Thanks!

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    I have no idea on skimming mate...

    Might be worth changing your title to "1996 E36 318iS - Advice on Skimming the head" You will get more help that way mate!


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    Don't have a clue about skimming but I would assume that you only take what is necessary off the make the head completely level again
     
     

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    If it is skimming because of problems, warping or HG etc, then you can take 0.3mm off twice.
    There should be head gaskets available in +0.3mm and +0.6mm oversizes.
    You'll find that most you'll be able to get your hands on will be the +0.3mm thicker version as heads are expected to be skimmed and resurfaced on a head job.
    If you don't skim it, you may need to pay attention to the sizes as adding a +0.3mm thicker gasket may reduce performance.

    That does mean that the reverse, ie, skim, but a OEM thickness gasket can give a slight increase in compression ratio which may be better, although you'll find it less tolerant of lower octane fuels.
     
     

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