Join Date: Oct 2012
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My teardown starts tonight (2005 OB, 2.5i, E253, NA, 115k miles). I got a Felpro gasket kit from ebay for most of the gaskets w/Felpro head bolts, and Subaru Turbo MLS head gaskets (part no. ends w/642). The 770 HGs are for 2007 and newer engines that are semi-closed deck.
My research was mostly through perusing this site. I purchased an electronic version of the full Factory Service Manual from ebay for my '05 for ~$5. Then I printed out the pertinent sections, and have arranged them in a binder so I can go step by step.
As far as refinishing the heads, I've decided to have them done at a local engine shop ($90 machining + $30 cleaning).
Other maintenance that I am doing while I have the engine out:
Replace the timing belt idlers and tensioner (TB and WP was done less that 1k miles ago)
Reseal oil pan
Reseal Seperator Plate
Reseal L Rist Pin Cover
Valve Clearance Adjustment
Compression test before and after service
Maybe reseal Oil pump.
I'm using the Toyota Black FIPG (Form In Place Gasket), part #00295-00103 for all of the resealing.
All of the information that you need is here or on e-bay. I recommend videos from All Pro Auto and briansmobile1, but there are others. Finally, I've taken a good 6 weeks to research, acquire parts, and prepare for this work, so my advice is to take your time and prepare. Good Luck