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What do you think about non-OEM gaskets?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 919221 posted 07/31/10 12:37 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm in the middle of getting 62 back on her feet but I am also in a money crunch.

I won't put anything but an OEM head gasket on, but what about all the other ones? Do I really need to spend $230 on an all-OEM kit when a Fel-Pro or similar kit goes for waaaaay cheaper?


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 919227 posted 07/31/10 01:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hit me up with a pm listing what gaskets you need. I've always ordered extras when doing a build and would like to see them put to good use. But to answer your question I've always used OEM Mitsu gaskets on my 4g builds, but have used Fel-pro on my F150 and the like with good luck. No experience with any other brands.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 919242 posted 07/31/10 04:54 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
If it's just a stock rebuild you will probably be fine with an 'ordinary' replacement head gasket.

I've been using a cheapy for years with no issues.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 919243 posted 07/31/10 05:05 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
NEVER use Nippon gaskets or seals, I rebuilt the whole motor with em, had to redo EVERY Seal and gasket, hopefully right now the Rear Main seal holds, Thats the one I dont want to have to replace.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 919248 posted 07/31/10 07:04 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
If you do go with an after-market gasket kit at least get the oem metal intake manifold gasket instead of the using the paper one. Also use sealant only to seal the oil pan and not the thick cork gaskets that they usually send. A mitsu front case gasket is a good idea as well along with the head gasket that you already mentioned.

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