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OEM or aftermarket?
Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:22 PM
In particular I need to replace the front main crank seal, the oil pump gasket and the valve cover gaskets.
OEM or aftermarket?
Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:43 PM
Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:58 PM
i personally used to use after market with these but since last summer i'm a mostly subaru man.
i had an EA82 Fel-Pro crank seal last year that was very difficult to seat. finally went in but ended up leaking like a seive. replaced it with a subaru seal and all was well so the crank or engine block aren't to blame. i know it wasn't the installation. but i'm not saying that can't happen with subaru gaskets either, im' sure one bad one gets through.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:13 PM
i did go with oem gaskets for the intake manifold, t-stat housing (and oem t-stat) and tb base though. the felpro intake manifold gaskets and t-stat housing gaskets are just lame diecut paper while oem's are not simply paper and they have metal reinforcement in the middle.
i used GD's rvt trick (coat the cork gasket with a thin layer of rtv silicone and allow it to fully cure before installation) on the valve cover gaskets and i was able to reuse them after readjusting my valves with no leaks so far.
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