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Anyone reuse valve cover gaskets?

it is rubber and looks to be in very good shape....
I am thinking about giving it a shot...


thoughts?
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CLEAN all surfaces of gasket and head with a degreaser then apply a small quantity of sealant along gasket entire sealing surface.

The rubber may look good but it has been compressed and likely won't have the same sealing properties as new :(

For the hassle factor, don't ride a 20K motor bike and get cheap on a $30+ gasket ( yea it"s MAJOR $$ rip cost wise )
 

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Yes, it can be re-used. I have done so many times and have yet to experience any leaks. If there is any deformity or damage visible of course replace it then.

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johnT said:
Anyone reuse valve cover gaskets?

it is rubber and looks to be in very good shape....
I am thinking about giving it a shot...


thoughts?
:corn:
 

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johnT said:
Anyone reuse valve cover gaskets?

it is rubber and looks to be in very good shape....
I am thinking about giving it a shot...


thoughts?
:corn:

I reused mine several times...no problem.
 

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I have had my valve cover off many times & still have the original gasket on at 133,000 miles.
 

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Agreed on re-use -- don't forget just a dab of sealant at each of the corners of the half-moon sections.
 

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I don't recommend putting sealant along the whole gasket. Just put sealant at the sharp breaks on the half moons and the two spots where the timing cover meets the cylinder head.
 

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Agree! No need to apply sealant anywhere other than the half moon areas and just a smidge where there is a mating split between the timing cover & the engine. That is a pretty robust gasket with ribs running the length of it. One item they really did design right!

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I don't recommend putting sealant along the whole gasket. Just put sealant at the sharp breaks on the half moons and the two spots where the timing cover meets the cylinder head.
 

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jzeiler said:
I don't recommend putting sealant along the whole gasket. Just put sealant at the sharp breaks on the half moons and the two spots where the timing cover meets the cylinder head.
+1 :thumb:
 

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The gasket is around $100.
 

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johnT said:
keep a $100.00 valve cover on hand?

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Man, I gotta remember to lock the toolchest - 200 bones worth of gaskets!! :eek: Last time I bought one, they were around 38 bones. Boy, Russ is gonna wanna send me an invoice for the one he gave me when he sold his LT!! ;)
 

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120,000 miles, bought one valve cover gasket, and really could have done just as well without that one.

As others have said, use a LITTLE sealer at the corners of the half moons, and the tiniest dab on the timing cover to block joints. No need for ANYTHING else on the gasket surfaces. Best to put the cover on CLEAN, not even oil on the sealing surfaces. You want the rubber to contact CLEAN metal surfaces, without oil on them.
 
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