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Old 12-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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I tried the silicone trick thinking i would save some bux and it was a total waste of time. Plus once you realize that you have failed and it's time to replace it you now have the cam cover glued to the head. I was just lucky to get my cover off without cracking it! Then you have the pleasure of scaping all the silicone off the head and the bottom of the cover!
If you plan to run the car then just do yourself a favor and pick up a felpro.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:00 AM   #12
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I've reused the gaskets......

Take off old gasket and clean it, the valve cover groove and the head with paint thinner.

Soak the gasket in paint thinner. The gasket will absorb the paint thinner and get bigger. This sort of resets it to new (not quite, but close enough)

Let the gasket dry until it gets back to normal size.

Now you're going to get everything to seal.

DO NOT USE RTV SILICON

What you want is Hylomar. It never sets, and stays tacky. You can remove things again when you use Hylomar.

Put some Hylomar in the groove of the valve cover. You don't need much, just thin line with no gaps.

Then smear a thin layer on the head, just barely there.

The only place you put daps of the stuff is in the corners of where the cam caps are on the head next to cam pulleys.

I've never had a leak where I've used hylomar.............
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:08 AM   #13
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If I find Hylomar in the Toronto area I may give it a try. I will 1st remove the old gasket and see if I can remove it in 1 piece
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A Harley Davidson dealer should have the Hylomar.
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A Harley Davidson dealer should have the Hylomar.
Thanks there is a dealer 20 minutes form my home.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #16
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HOLY CRAP......

I looked it up.

The part number is 99653-85 and is $25 in the US

No idea what the Canadian price would be.

5 years ago I paid about $6 for a tube............


I'm not sure that this is a cheap fix anymore.......

I'd call them up and ask it they have it, and how much; to see if you want to go that route.....
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:28 PM   #17
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This is supposedly the permatex version of it now

Permatex 85420


Haven't tried it, so do some web surfing....
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This is supposedly the permatex version of it now

Permatex 85420


Haven't tried it, so do some web surfing....
Thank-you for the info much appreciated
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don't forget the other issue... the gasket hardens after time. turns as brittle as plastic on some cars.
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