Hi Lars --thanks for your quick reply, that was nice
Sad to hear what happened to desertxl, and to be honest, I read that thread, and maany more stories like that, starting back last summer when I first decided I wanted new heads in 2018 (about not only Ed heads, but other makes as well). Ed's likely get the brunt of it due to their ubiquity --is my assumption.
So then....."armed" with all that "analysis" and not wanting it in turn to become "paralysis" I decided to seek out and talk to this machinist and simply ask "hey what's up with all these heads?"
His response was more or less "yes, all these aluminum heads that are being offered right now deserve, at the least, a lookie-loo. Sad. but that's what I see coming into this shop". He went on to say that not every one is like desertxl's were, for example, but he sees a lot of it...... (as he spoke I was gazing at the myriad of aluminum heads stacked all over. lol).
Yes, there are heads that come out of the box ready to run out there ! Yours are a testament to that.
I'm rarely that lucky though with any of this stuff, ergo I gotta have him look at whatever I land on, ...I need my sleep ! :p
For my (meager compared to most others) 'seat of the pants' power increase needs, I'm thinking the Ed's will suffice. Yeah yeah, I know there are some nice(r) heads out there --I have looked at the gamut, on all the FE forums, facebook groups, you name it, .... I'll letcha know how the 'saga' unfolds if you like.
Bummer about the rad issue ! You know I ditched mine and then had my old original manual tranny rad redone locally. Yeah it was a small fortune, but it made a noticeable difference. It's still not totally trustworthy (to me), but methinks when I yank the old heads off mine, I may yet find that elusive answer !
I'll be curious to read what you do on yours ! Thanks again for your head input