Has anyone ordered parts from The Parts Bin. Com or partsandaccessories.com? Don't ever buy from these guys! I bought a head gasket last week and they shipped it in two days. The problem is when it got here the box looked like an elephant sat on it lengthwise. The gasket was sandwiched between airbags without any carboard reinforcement. It was bent in 3 spots and creased everywhere. It was packed in DHL shipping box but sent via UPS ground! I bet the UPS guys beat on it! The Parts Bin have about 4 companies under them to call for customer support and none of them answer or help. I don't know which company actually filled the order but they all wanted me to order another one before refunding me and it took 3 phone calls, 4 emails, and 1 online IM customer support just to get it sorted out, and I'm still not sure that I'm gonna get my money back.
Anyway what head gaskets do you suggest for an A20A3. I'm gonna be running NA that should be no higher than than 10:1 ratio with dual webers through an ITB-style intake manifold. I tried to get headstuds made in time for reassembly but PAECO shafted me and I don't have time to deal with machining and heat treating for studs right now. I was gonna run a copper gasket too but my ratio is gonna be lower than expected and PAECO wanted too much money to make one.
The one gasket I ordered from that ass-backward online parts shop was an OEM replacement by Ishino. Anyone have luck with these or is there something better for under $100? I've looked at copper, composite, and even steel reinforced but I just want to get something moderately priced and that offers some better protection against blow outs and leaks. Ideas???