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regal 22
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted July 10, 2005 07:45 AM  
can anyone lead me to a decent valve cover with breathers, mine are the tall tin ones from summit. and every time they leak and cause smoke from burning on exhaust manifolds and sometimes fire! any help, tricks, suggestions would be appreciated. thanks in advance

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 112
posted July 10, 2005 11:23 AM  
Are they leaking from around the gasket or out the breathers? If their leaking out the breathers just cut a shop rag in half and put half in each breather.

Racer X
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted July 10, 2005 01:14 PM  
We put a thin bead of silicone(SP)on the gasket before putting it on.

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posted July 10, 2005 03:55 PM  
use a felpro cork gasket with those long holder things under the bolts. But do not over tighten, just get it a little past snug.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted July 10, 2005 05:57 PM  
We use scotch brite pads rolled up that way nothing to fall into the motor and nothing that can get completely plugged. Just dont' use the ones with sponges on them.

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posted July 10, 2005 08:27 PM  
Get a good set of cast aluminum valve covers and weld a set of baffled breather tubes in. Use 3m weatherstrip adhesive to attach the gasket to the valve cover only. That way you won't have to replace the gasket everytime you run the valves.

I've run these for years and have never had a leak.

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 205
posted July 11, 2005 10:16 AM  
I have two sets of cast alum. covers that i'd make ya a swingin deal on. one style has a crossover welded in, the other just has a breather on the left side..
If you are interested let me know and we can talk $$ but i'm sure it would be a pretty good deal for sure, I have no use for either set anymore as shafts dont fit under them.
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michael harris

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted July 11, 2005 12:52 PM  
the two previous posts have it right. Cast Alum covers with thick flanges work good , last a long time. Cheaper, thinner sets work for a while,then they will warp and start leaking. You can spend a little several times or pay more...once.

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posted July 17, 2005 08:05 PM  
just like mentioned above, aluminum covers with thick flanges are about the only way to prevent leaks over the long run. The cheap steel covers will work for awhile, you just have to be careful not to overtighten and distort the flanges, once there tweaked there bound to start leaking.

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posted July 18, 2005 09:06 AM  
I had good luck with the cheap tin valve covers when I used the blue neoprene rubber gaskets from Speedway that are reusable. They are plenty thick and conform to any irregularities.

I agree, alum. is the way to go. Anything MOROSO makes is good quality stuff.

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