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Old 06-23-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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Valve Cover Gasket on SVT

well, my gasket is leaking and I am going to replace it. I have read on here that you can replace the SVT gasket with one off a standard focus and it will raise your compression a tiny bit.

I tried finding threads that detailed this a lil more but couldnt find any....

So, has anyone done this? How much does it change the compression? Was there any noticeable change in the engine? I am stuck with 91 octane here...am I still going to be good to go?

Gimme whatever details you can. My guess is that it really wont make any noticeable difference and so forth, but I would like to know.

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Old 06-23-2007, 08:44 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if the compression ratio changes at all but wouldn't the standard Zetec gasket be shaped differently because of the VCT solenoid?
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i dont really see how a valve cover gasket can affect CR...a head gasket will but not a valve cover gasket...you cannot use the standard zetec one because of the SVT's VCT.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
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That's what I was thinking, also because the gasket fits into the recessed outer edge of the valve cover itself and is above the plugs and pistons.
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I've also got that How-To thread showing how to change that sucker out too...don't know anything about changing to a Zetec for better compression ratios, but maybe others can lend to hand to that info.
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Valve cover gasket does not affect CR
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lol !!
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lol no... that's the head gasket! not valve cover gasket!
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You will not see any difference whatsoever in terms of performance gains.

Will it fit? Yes. Is it wise? Not so much.

Go with the proper part.
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Ugh, bummer.

I've been through FIVE valve cover gaskets. Scour the forums to find out how to do it EXACTLY right, it's a bear.

I've never done the work myself but it might help to have a witch doctor and the spirit of Voon Glandensten with you when you install it.
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