Head Start (Part 1): 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Cylinder Heads

How do I choose the right cylinder heads for my engine?

It’s a simple question but the actual answer is more complicated than you’d think. There are many factors involved in choosing the optimum cylinder heads for a specific application, including:

  • Engine displacement
  • Type of vehicle
  • Intended use
  • Desired compression ratio
  • Gear size
  • Other performance modifications

For this two-part series, we’ve enlisted the help of aftermarket giants Edelbrock, Trick Flow Specialties, andSummit Racing for advice on choosing off-the-shelf aftermarket cylinder heads. We’re going to cover some of the most common mistakes people make when shopping for cylinder heads in this installment. Once you understand why it’s important to avoid these pitfalls, we’ll give you some tips and guidelines for choosing a set of cylinder heads for your application.

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