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I don't want to spend much at all, but I want gaskets that won't fail in just a few years. What kinds should I use. (Complete Engine).
 

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The Vortec Heads/intake require special gaskets from GM. The other gaskets are personal preference. I have heard and experienced good things with Fel pro gaskets

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ROL protorque gaskets are dirt cheap and I've heard that they are an excellent gasket.
Keep in mind that a set of Fel-pro head gaskets can cost almost $40. I got a complete ROL set a couple weeks ago at a show/swap for $20 and haven't used them yet so I can't say how good they are.

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The only gasket sets I'll buy anymore are Fel-Pro. I've got the cheaper gaskets before and have never been happy with them.


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In gaskets as with most things, you get what you pay for. Before going too cheap, just imagine how easy or difficult replacing a particular gasket would be .Picture yourself Sunday night on a dark road 200 miles fron home with a blown - - - - (whatever) gasket. NOT a pretty picture. Take it from one who has been there, expensive gaskets are cheap in the long run.

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I have rebuilt a few motors (small and big-block) and I either try to use GM or Fel-Pro gaskets. If price is a big issue or something, another quility gasket is make by a company called Detroit Gasket.

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In all my rebuilds I used fel pro - a little more on cost but the insurance is well worth it, never a problem. The orig GM gaskets are also very good but having the choice I still prefer fel pro.
 

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I didn't decide to buy ROL because they were cheap. I read several car magazines monthly and ROL has repeatedly been given extremely good ratings. I just happen to see them all the time for $20 a set. If they're an excellent gasket and they're a bargain, how can you go wrong? If anyone knows them to be junk, that's a horse of a different color, and I wouldn't give $2 for 'em unless I was stranded 200 miles from home with no alternative.

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