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This is a discussion on oil pan gasket... within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; allright, so last night i got the oil pan out so i can replace the gasket, and let me say, ...

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    allright, so last night i got the oil pan out so i can replace the gasket, and let me say, that was one huge PITA !!! anyways, im going to put it all back together tonight, but do i need to use RTV on the oil pan gasket, or is the gasket itself ok? also, the oil cooler block off was seaping a little, so i have the new all steel gasket from GM to replace it, but how does that gasket go on, rib in or rib out? and do i need RTV on that?? thanks for the help guys, im hoping it goes back together smoother then coming apart....

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    you need RTV in some areas. If you look on the block area where the gasket sits you will see dabs of rtv in the corners. You need to put dab of new RTV on those areas. Make sure you claen all the surfaces before reinstalling the gasket. As for the block off plate gasket I order it for my swap and I noticed that it was metal. I never got an answer on the orientation of it. i was able to reuse my old one and its fine. If i was going to put the metal one I was going rib out.

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    allright, so i put it all back together last night, i put RTV on the corners, as well as the rear cover and front cover, i read to do that somewear. after completing the install, i seen a few drips coming out of the seap hole between the engine and bellhousing, so im pretty sure my rear main seal is bad.....although i just replaced it 5 months ago. im hoping it was just excess oil i spilled draining out, we'll see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sutie View Post
    allright, so i put it all back together last night, i put RTV on the corners, as well as the rear cover and front cover, i read to do that somewear. after completing the install, i seen a few drips coming out of the seap hole between the engine and bellhousing, so im pretty sure my rear main seal is bad.....although i just replaced it 5 months ago. im hoping it was just excess oil i spilled draining out, we'll see...
    same problem here. if is not dripping alot i just have to live with it. Im tired of replacing seals and it just keeps leaking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    same problem here. if is not dripping alot i just have to live with it. Im tired of replacing seals and it just keeps leaking...
    tell me about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    same problem here. if is not dripping alot i just have to live with it. Im tired of replacing seals and it just keeps leaking...
    Have you converted to the LS6 style PCV system??

    The stock system is terrible, it doesn't vent well and plugs up easily.

    Excessive crankcase pressure will kill engine seals in no time flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    Have you converted to the LS6 style PCV system??

    The stock system is terrible, it doesn't vent well and plugs up easily.

    Excessive crankcase pressure will kill engine seals in no time flat.
    No I haven't I didn't know this fact. i always heard it was more to clean the engine bay. i have a catch can to resolve the intake oil issue.

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    deffinetly recommend the LS6 PCV system, i love it....however, im still trying to fix all the damn leaks my stock setup left me with....now ive got to chop off my exhaust, drop my tranny, and replace my rear main and rear cover for the 3rd damn time!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sutie View Post
    deffinetly recommend the LS6 PCV system, i love it....however, im still trying to fix all the damn leaks my stock setup left me with....now ive got to chop off my exhaust, drop my tranny, and replace my rear main and rear cover for the 3rd damn time!!!
    I've dropped my tranny three times and I've never had to remove the ORY once.

    Why are you?

    Also, this time use band clamps so that it can come off easier. I have my ORY welded through out the Y and all the way back to where it bends up over the axle. I have a band clamps on the collectives to the ORY and at the spot just before the bend. That way I can completely drop my exhaust in 10 mins if I had to. Best part minimal leaks at the clamps

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    No I haven't I didn't know this fact. i always heard it was more to clean the engine bay. i have a catch can to resolve the intake oil issue.
    Your right in what you said but I can say it does work better and does clean up the engine a lot. In conjunction with the catch can it really cuts down on the oil. I used to have to put in a 1/3 quart of oil every month, since the LS6 VCT mod and catch can nothing. It's been 2 1/2 months now. I'm not saying it will fix your leaks but I'm telling you it's worth it.

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    my whole exhaust sytem is welded, and the ORY is in the way of the tranny coming out....i have SLP headers ( i know, i dont like them either..) and they sit low so there in the way of the tranny. this time im going to weld flanges to the header collectors to the Y, and a band clamp after the Y so i can remove it without cutting from now on. sound good?

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    Ignore the header tape it was a test project that fail miserably. I have pacesetters and it just comes to a 3" collective In the pic you can see where the ORY and the Lts are banded by clamps


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    no leaks?

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    weres a good place to order 3" band clamps??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sutie View Post
    no leaks?
    very minimal but compared to the U clamps a much improvement but not as good as a weld


    Quote Originally Posted by sutie View Post
    weres a good place to order 3" band clamps??
    I got mine from my muffler shop. about $5 each

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    well i give it a shot, thanks.

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