the toyota head gasket kit is about $250, it the only thing i would use if i was doing a head gasket. the aftermarket is flooded with cheep crap.
sorry im not knocking on anyone thats used anything else, its my opinion the oem stuff is worth the money for this stuff.
is OK, I agree and disagree.
I did my first head gasket with Eristic brand and it was fine, was able to compare Evergreen, Erisitic and Toyota all in the hand together.
Did the next head gasket with OEM, but had problems, could've been totally another reason.
then did the latest with an Evergreen gasket, the one in the link above, and seemed just fine, but only have 4K miles on it.
generally speaking, the only OEM gaskets that I would think about preferring, would be the head gasket, and the front and rear seals, otherwise all the other gaskets in the kit were top quality.
The head gasket also looked good, so did the seals, some were made with NOK molds, but by a taiwanese company, the NOK was kind of XXX-ed out.
i figured it was worth a try, the OEM gaskets are 3-4X more expensive, so far so good for me.
tiredandwired, here are the new links for your 3RZFE
here is the erisitc, probably the better of the aftermarket:
here is the cheapo I used, was impressed with the quality/price relationship:
consider you pay $85 for the OEm head gasket alone
PS also had the timing chains like I'm linking you too, they're good quality, no worries, made in Japan and 3X less. Some good, some bad, can only speak from experience