Header leak

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The gaskets for my TES headers are leaking. Any recommendations for replacement header gaskets?
 

565bbchevy

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I always use embossed copper gaskets for my headers, never any leaks or bolts coming loose, on my Monte I use SCE.
My last set I bought from Flatout for my Regal because I had to match the exhaust port to the Ebay header.
 
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spidereyes455

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My brother swears by Remflex gaskets and I gotta say after seeing him use them I would certainly use them.
 
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I use Copper or Aluminum and coat them in Permatex Optimum Grey RTV and let it dry 24 hours. I had the Copper leak uncoated.
 

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My headers are the old Edelbrock emission legal shorty headers, the TES headers. The old gaskets were a steel core composite and it looks like they have simply started to designate from age. Looking at the exposed gasket edges sticking out of the port flanges the steel core is rusty and it looks like the composite coating is cracking and flaking off the steel core. Probably can't even get direct replacements now and not impressed by their quality. I like the looks of the Remflex gaskets.
 
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ck80

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I stick with copper. Ain't broke why fix it with something 'engineered'.... no substitute for an aging process to tell long term durability and you can tell that unless you want to wait a really long time, and, I don't really take things back apart often enough to change it out.

Never lost an engine, and haven't had one go sick. Closest would be the one in our firebird, but, it burned lots of oil when I got it and already really needed a rebuild, just went further downhill in the last 20 years.
 

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