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Old 12-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Yeh, DaJackal, If i were you, bite the bullet, and get the OEM one like i did.
the messurements, the materials are all 100%. non-oem stuff has been known to have various concequences like leaks and blow outs etc.
understand you want to spend less for the time being because of future plans, but take this into consideration, when you do rebuild the motor with your ebay gaskets, and it blows the internals to smitherines because of a faulty gasket leaking etc. you'll be up for more than just a simple $500 OEM gasket kit next time round.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:13 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I am not going to rebuild my engine on ebay gaskets. How are my engine internals going to blow if my valve cover gasket leaks a bit? I won't use VSS, head gaskets or anything such. I know people are using both those kits and surely they can't be all bad. I have used Eristic and Victor Reinz gaskets in several other cars and they all have worked nicely.

Like I said, when I really make a built engine w/ forged internals I will surely use an OEM set, but I don't want to sacrifice $500 on some gaskets that need to last 2-3 years before I take it all apart again.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:53 PM   #23 (permalink)
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not saying theyll blow because of a leaky head gasket, but im saying you'll run the risk of damaging your engine.
again, its your choice to go OEM or not, i went OEM simply becaue i know its going to work and work 100%. 2-3years is a long time. that's $166 a year to make sure that you don't have any issues
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:57 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Felpro is actually really quality stuff. I used felpro for all of my gaskets. All of the gaskets were very high quality. There perma torque head gaskets looked better than my oem ones did. I know the answer is always use oem, but felpro knows what they are doing.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #25 (permalink)
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no doubt there are other Gasket kits out there that probably are high quality, my point is, when it comes to the engine, its not an area of the car that i want to take the cheaper route with. different story when it comes to exhaust gaskets etc. if somthing is shit in that area, its not hard, or a major job to change/repair.

again, its just my way of thinking. im sure i have the support of many others doing major builds atm.
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I'll chime in...

There are aftermarket quality parts.

There are a LOT MORE AFTERMARKET ABSOLUTE CRAP.

If you dont know the difference you will join the OEM only bandwagon.

Felpro has been good quality, AND many of the parts in their kits are bought from the OEM's.

I got a discounted gasket kit when I got my 1st GT. All the parts were ok, except for the water pump tube o-rings. They werent the right size. My engine has been running reliably for 50k now. Many of the leftovers in the kit have gone into other cars with no problem including seals that may or may not have the spiral in the accepted direction. I found out about that long after I put in cam seals.

Bottom line- If you dont know what to look for just buy OEM. If you can recognize crap from good, you might save a buck.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:07 PM   #27 (permalink)
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i agree.
Im working safely
I have used aftermarket products before.
Waterpump: shit itself pissed coolant everywhere.
Thermostat: wrong size overall, shit itself, pissed coolant everywhere and didnt open at the right temps.
the above caused me to have MAJOR overheating issues and was the reason why my car needed a mechanic in the first place which ended up being what started my rebuild process.
gaskets for oil returns lines: leaked. not a BIG issue but leaked none the less.

I've been bitten by the non-genuine bug before. I just don't want the side effects any more.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Im running the non oem gasket kit from 3sx. Including the head gasket (mls). No issues with over 20k kms on it. I think the felpro kit will be fine as long as your not running high boost etc. All other seals should be fine.

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