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can gaskets be re-used?

This is a discussion on can gaskets be re-used? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I know that gaskest like head gaskets and exhaust gaskets cant be reused but can valve cover and intake gaskets ...

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    1998 Camaro SS

    can gaskets be re-used?

    I know that gaskest like head gaskets and exhaust gaskets cant be reused but can valve cover and intake gaskets be used if they appear to be in good conditon?

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    Military Muscle :usa: MYSCZ06's Avatar
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    I believe so...but its probably good practice to replace them

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    Beaver Dam KY

    79 T/A -91 Firebird
    1998 Trans Am -Oynx Black

    Valve covers, intake, throttle body, header gaskets and some MLS head gaskets can be reused multiple times. Inspection for pinched O rings and rubber seals needs to done. Also need to look for burnt looking rubber or dry rotting. All stock gaskets should be replaced once if your doing a hardcore build just to save you some time and money later. My throttle body gasket was like brand new when I removed it to PP it.

    I have a video with some ls1 info if anyone would like it

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    cutting and welding mark21742's Avatar
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    I did my header swap and have had them off and afew times and still using the stock MLS exhaust gaskets.
    its not a bad idea if you reuse waterpump and front cover gasket to add a very light coat of rtv......ive never had a leak in this motor and the only gaskets I've replaced were the head gaskets when I did my head swap

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    Nitrous Tuner LS2Tuner's Avatar
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    Intake are usually fine (85%) to re-use.
    I ALWAYS replace the valve cover gaskets due to the fast I hate oil leaks.
    Don't be afraid of the bottle!!! Be afraid of your tune!!!

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