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Old 04-18-2010, 09:43 AM
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HEADER gaskets!

What have you used and had the best luck with,alotta choices out there, alotta diffrent type of material/brands/just seeing what guys think! thanks!

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On what engine? If it`s a SBC I just use stock replacement fel pro exhaust manifold gaskets for several reasons. They are made of meshed steel so they don`t burn out easy. They are slotted so all you have to do is drop them in and you don`t have to take the bolts all the way out. They can be reused several times. Lastly, they`re cheap. Paper header gaskets can be used successfully, if they are soaked in water for 24 hours prior to use. Water makes them swell so they seal better and the soaking makes them hold moisture to resist burn out. Most header bolts back out regular until they get seasoned in. So if yours are new you have to check them every other day once the engines cooled off.
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hey..

its on a sbc 350,full length headers and im looking to see what everybody thinks of the headers gaskets that are out there, brand/material/ choice? thanks for the reply!
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X2 on what Doublevision said about the stock replacement fel pro exhaust manifold gaskets i use them all the time with no problems.


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sweet..

awesome guys,thanks for the great info! i will go that route!
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If your heads are aftermarket or have any porting the stock gaskets will overhang the port and cost you power, so check that before you just bolt them in.

Best header gaskets I have found are sold by Schoenfeld Headers. They also have header bolts with a small 3/8" or 5/16" heads on them that makes tightening them much easier as you can use the box end of the wrench on all of them.
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I now use solid copper gaskets at the heads and collector.
Paper gaskets didn't last to the end of the block. The reinforced stock ones lasted about 1 cruise.

The copper gaskets just need one retightening after an hour or so. I just took the original copper gaskets and annealed them and reused them. Bolts stay tight too. I use lots of never-seize on them too.
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X2 the dead soft copper gaskets, they have been on my car for over two years now with no leakage.

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x3 on stock replacements fel pro`s..!
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