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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 14, 4:37 PM Thread Starter
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Valve Covers & gaskets

Bought a set of Stock looking tall valve covers and Summit Racing Valve cover gaskets with Rubber / steel core

- What's the best way to install them without them leaking, should I glue the gaskets to covers? if so what sealant do I use?




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Re: Valve Covers & gaskets

I have been using a set of Felpro rubber/steel core gaskets for several years and I do not glue them to anything.
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Throw the rubber gaskets away and get cork. I put a thin layer of grease on my fingers and lightly coat the cork gasket, and NEVER NEVER have I ever had a leak. The key is not to over tighten the valve cover bolts.


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Throw the rubber gaskets away and get cork. I put a thin layer of grease on my fingers and lightly coat the cork gasket, and NEVER NEVER have I ever had a leak. The key is not to over tighten the valve cover bolts.


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Re: Valve Covers & gaskets

I have the summit gaskets. I installed them dry.

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Re: Valve Covers & gaskets

install them dry. using studs instead of bolts to make it easier to line up..

of they leak, see if Fel Pro makes cork gaskets with a steel core and crush limiting sleeves like they do for the small blocks.. i had a set of those on my Monte for several years and they never leaked even after having the covers off at least a dozen times..

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 14, 2:26 AM
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Re: Valve Covers & gaskets

Whatever type of gasket you decide to use, just snug them down evenly. If they leak a little then you can try a little tighter. Leaking is usually from tighting them too much and you can't go back once you compressed the gasket too much. As for the studs.... I think they work OK on aluminum valve covers, but, the sheet metal valve covers seem to get stuck on the threads of the studs.
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