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Old 05-15-2009, 08:26 AM
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the best header gaskets to use?????

Hey Guys, what is the best header gasket to use. Many different opinions, just want good one that last long time with no leakes.
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im gonna start the ball rolling with felpros but soak them in water for a while first.
there are some good previous opinions if you do a search.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:52 AM
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what will the water do to them?
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Tips on Header gasket ?
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I can`t believe how often this comes up. First, if you use paper gaskets you must soak them in water 24 hours so they swell and hold moisture.
I don`t waste my time on any other gasket other than stock fel pro exhaust manifold gaskets. These cost about 4 dollars and they are mesh steel so they don`t burn out easy, they are also open slotted so you don`t have to remove all the header bolts to install them. If your headers and bolts are fresh then you will have to check the header bolts every 2nd time it`s been drove after it`s cooled. The header bolts will work loose when new and they don`t stop until they are seasoned in. Another benefit of the exhaust manifold gaskets is they are often reusable, if something comes up and you have to remove the header you can drop them right back in and they`ll seal up.
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I use Rimflex on all the cars I turn out. They hold torque, are thick enough to make up for imperfections in the flange and don't leak. The ones I installed on my small block pickup are 3.5 years old with no leaks
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I can`t believe how often this comes up. First, if you use paper gaskets you must soak them in water 24 hours so they swell and hold moisture.
I don`t waste my time on any other gasket other than stock fel pro exhaust manifold gaskets. These cost about 4 dollars and they are mesh steel so they don`t burn out easy, they are also open slotted so you don`t have to remove all the header bolts to install them. If your headers and bolts are fresh then you will have to check the header bolts every 2nd time it`s been drove after it`s cooled. The header bolts will work loose when new and they don`t stop until they are seasoned in. Another benefit of the exhaust manifold gaskets is they are often reusable, if something comes up and you have to remove the header you can drop them right back in and they`ll seal up.
didnt know that, makes perfect since though thanks
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I am with DoubleVision. I also use the stock fel pro manifold gaskets with no problems.
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thanks, i think i will go with them
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