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Old 18th August 2004
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Opinions please…..
Currently building a NA 16V 900
Plans include a 2.1L short block using a Stage II 2.3L head and 2.1L custom intake.
Although I could probably figure this out by comparing gaskets and passages I though it might be a set up someone has already done before.
Using a 2.3L head on a 2.0L block you could use a 2.0L head gasket (same part number)
Using a 2.1L head on a 2.0L block rumor has it you need a 2.1L head gasket (different part numbers)
But using a 2.1L block and a 2.3L head do I use a 2.1L gasket?
Don’t have a 2.1L gasket handy to compare but a quicky visual of a 2.0L gasket seems to line-up OK to the coolant holes and the compression sealing ring (on the head gasket) looks about right on the 2.1L block…
Is the bore the only concern? Or are there passages I need to worry about…
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hey rhich,

don't have a definitive been-there-done-that answer for you but i can tell you that the coolant passages into the head are very important to get right for whatever head you're using. when i was building up my race motor with a 16v block and an 8v head we could have used either gasket but i specifically went with an 8v gasket as some of the cooling passages were different (one blocked off that wasn't on the 16v and one was open that wasn't on the 16v, etc.).

checking the EPC i notice that 1992 B212 900S and 1992 B234 9000S have the same head, 88 27 602. Sounds like you might find that the B212 headgasket is the same as the B234 headgasket, at least from 1991-93.

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Stacks and stacks of 2.0L headgaskets
Wish I had a 2.1L one kicking around before I go out and buy a set.....
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i'm sure someone in the area is doing a 2.1 headgasket job have them send you the old headgasket just to compare...

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if you use a 2.1 block, you need a 2.1 gasket.

I have heard "horror stories" about mechanics who have used 2.0 gaskets on 2.1 cars. it will in fact run with a 2.0 gasket, but the pistons will actually slap the gasket as the car is running producing a horrible tapping sound as it runs.

no need to run a 2.1 gasket on a 2.0 block with a 2.1 head, although it would probably work.
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I have one "rebuilt" 2.1 litre engine in my garage, one that had a 2-litre gasket fitted during the rebuild.
The engine's only done 130k km, but the cylinders and pistons/rings are completely dead. Do NOT use a 2-litre gasket with a 2.1-litre block :wink:
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I think the final consensus is if I’m using a 2.1L block go with a 2.1L gasket…. Is there anything other then bore that makes a 2.1L different?
DeLorean makes sense…..
Looks like a 2.1L gasket will be needed in order to compare passages to the 2.3L head.
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At least for piston clearance, don't know about passages though. They look pretty much the same IMO.
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The passages are the same between B202 and B212; I am using a B212 gasket on a later B201 block (same casting as B202--starter beneath intake, not exhaust) with no problems.
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Does the B212 gasket make any difference in comp.ratio? It should do a slight change when used in a 202 engine.
After all, the cylinder "hole" 4mm more in diameter, right?
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Sorry, wasn't clear: the block is bored to 93mm with B212 pistons, so as far as the gasket is concerned, no effect on CR.
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