The Felpros you buy at the parts store are exactly the same as the ones dealerships use under the Subaru name.
this is probably true, but it was not always true.
back in the late 90s / early 00s when the ej25 head gasket issue first came to light,
the head gasket that felpro was selling was the same as the factory gasket.
when suabru released the updated gasket, felpro followed , some time later.
the production lag and the ''old inventory'' on the store shelves created a period of time where felpro gaskets were not as good as the ''newest'' gasket form suabru.
(the old inventory'' was also a problem with some subaru dealers.)
but once felpro caught up, no problem.
felpro does not research and develop their own parts.
they either reverse engineer the OEM part and find someone to make it,
or they just go the the OEM part maker and buy it directly from them.
there are some companies who do make ''better'' parts for after market use,
but these tend to be specialty companies or performance parts.
felpro is not one of these.
and i would buy felpro gaskets if they were lots cheaper,
but in my experience they aren't.
this combined with the ''bad'' gasket they were selling early on
keeps me away from their gaskets.
but i buy lots of other felpro parts.
generally they make a quality part for a pretty fair price.
not the cheapest, but not a rip off either.
end of rant.
Edited by johnceggleston, 15 March 2014 - 08:17 AM.