Generation III Internal Engine - re use head gaskets,,, i know i know other threads




3rdCoastPowerSports
04-21-2012, 12:33 PM
have the perma torque felpro head gaskets... i have torqued them down twice now and new time/ final time will be three times. I have never ran the motor or filled it with coolant. called Federal Mogal told them they exact same thing, tech support guy said you can reuse as long as you never filled it with fluids or started it.
Im more than likely going to use them no matter what anyone else says (hell the manufacture said to run them). i would like to hear from someone that has been in the same boat as me and if you had any issue reusing torqued gaskets.


badazz81z28
04-21-2012, 12:35 PM
How much are replacements?

Consider if they do leak, you will have buy new gaskets anyways along with coolant, time scraping, and your time.

3rdCoastPowerSports
04-21-2012, 12:42 PM
How much are replacements?

Consider if they do leak, you will have buy new gaskets anyways along with coolant, time scraping, and your time.

about $100 bucks for both


dreww
04-21-2012, 01:18 PM
I would probably reuse them, depending onif they still looked good.
With nothing but some pressure from torquing down but no heat from combustion or motor....I think you'll be fine.

Che70velle
04-21-2012, 05:55 PM
Fel-pro tech told you to re-use compressed gaskets? Once they are compressed, they aren't re-usable. Good for mock up only. Period. But hey, since you don't care what anyone here tells you, go ahead, run em.

BrntWS6
04-21-2012, 06:46 PM
I've also read and been told that re-using them is ok IF it wasn't started. Personally I would change them though.

batboy
04-21-2012, 07:34 PM
I would replace them. GM MSL head gaskets are only $50 from Texas Speed.

JACornell
04-21-2012, 08:17 PM
I also feel that replacing them would be best due to an additional tear down if the go after you get it together and run it. Sounds like you already had your mind set on not listening before you posted, so that is your call.

Burken01
04-21-2012, 08:44 PM
as long as they haven't heat cycled and still have the seal on them I would use them...

SF 1HOTLS1
04-21-2012, 09:15 PM
dude why take the risk! all that work for noting. you know how pissed you would be if they leak. just spend the few bucks. being cheap now only cost more later.

3rdCoastPowerSports
04-21-2012, 09:40 PM
dude why take the risk! all that work for noting. you know how pissed you would be if they leak. just spend the few bucks. being cheap now only cost more later.

because i have done it once before with no negative consequences. the only difference this time is that i had the heads on and off one more time this time than last time.
im going to re use them if they leak then i wont do it again.

thanks for the responses