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3.8L - GRAPHITE OR MULTI-LAYER STEEL HEAD GASKETS?

1996 Ford Mustang • 110,000 miles

I need to replace the head gaskets on a 1996 Ford Mustang 3.8L V6; I am getting conflicting guidance from various parts stores on a gasket set though. All agree I can use the Fel-Pro HS8857PT8 Head Gasket Set, which comes with traditional graphite head gaskets. Some sites say I can also choose the Fel-Pro HS9262PT Head Gasket Set, which comes with multi-layer steel head gaskets (and so is more expensive, but presumably the gaskets will last longer). To add to the confusion, some sites say the set with multi-layer steel head gaskets is OK, but only shows a fit for 1997 and 1998 3.8L Mustangs, not the 1996 model. So, is there a difference in shape or thickness between head gaskets for 1996 and 1997/98 Mustang 3.8L engines? If not, is there any reason why I wouldn't want to use the multi-layer steel head gaskets on a 1996 (because I only want to replace them once)?
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JDoubleFF
June 22, 2012.



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