Im looking at a set of heads for my car and I found a set but the valve springs have some light surface rust on them. Should I be worried about this or should I just install the heads and let the car do the work to remove it and change the oil. Thanks
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Depends how bad it is. Are these heads you are buying online with only pictures? How trustworthy is the seller? I'd recommend having any heads properly cleaned if you don't know the source... which means they will have to be fully disassembled anyway (and you can clean up/oil the springs then. Any used springs should be checked for proper seat pressure anyway (which means take them off). You don't want to float a valve because of old 200k weaksauce springs.
Wait, you are building a monster anyway... just get new high rev springs and call it a day!
These are brand new ips heads with the hiv rev kit in them. The surface rust is from sitting in someones garage without oil on them. I have seen them in person and it is light but not sure if thats okay or not.
That’s a good thing. I’d still recommend taking the heads apart and properly cleaning/oiling the springs to remove the surface rust. You don’t want the rust going through your engine. If that’s not an option, then liberal cleaning of the springs with brake clean (and a toothbrush) followed by wd40 (or any penetrating oil) while still assembled would probably clean them up decent. Obviously take great care to keep them clean afterwards because any oil (or wd40) you use will attract dirt like a magnet.
If you don't have the right spring compressor its a pain. Should be able to find a shop to disassemble, clean the heads/hardware, and re-assemble for around $100 per head since they are new and not filthy.
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