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Old 03-17-2014, 02:11 PM   #26
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Do any of you guys have any experience with the Beck/Arnley gaskets? And while I do that valve covers I might as well get new spark plugs. Are the OEM Subaru spark plugs the same as the laser iridium?
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #27
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Do any of you guys have any experience with the Beck/Arnley gaskets? And while I do that valve covers I might as well get new spark plugs. Are the OEM Subaru spark plugs the same as the laser iridium?
I would also like to know about the beck/Arnley gaskets? Or should I just pay the extra for OEM?
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:21 AM   #28
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I just did mine with the beck/arnley gasket sets. Neat kit since it comes with everything. The drivers side is holding up well, but I've been having issues with the passenger side. After the first install, it leaked even worse than before (that smell is so bad). I warrantied the gasket and tried it again. No leaks......for a week. It's leaking again. I'm about to just get an oem gasket and see what happens. So yea, beck/arnley is a good kit, but not sure if I'd recommend it after this.

If anyone is thinking I did the install incorrectly, I assure you I did it by the book. RTV on the moons and corners of the cam caps. I'm pretty stumped as to why two gaskets leaked, and also pissed that I have to do it a third time lol.

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Old 04-25-2014, 11:34 AM   #29
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I just did mine with the beck/arnley gasket sets. Neat kit since it comes with everything. The drivers side is holding up well, but I've been having issues with the passenger side. After the first install, it leaked even worse than before (that smell is so bad). I warrantied the gasket and tried it again. No leaks......for a week. It's leaking again. I'm about to just get an oem gasket and see what happens. So yea, beck/arnley is a good kit, but not sure if I'd recommend it after this.

If anyone is thinking I did the install incorrectly, I assure you I did it by the book. RTV on the moons and corners of the cam caps. I'm pretty stumped as to why two gaskets leaked, and also pissed that I have to do it a third time lol.
don't feel bad lol.. I too had to do it like 4 times too. sucks.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:54 PM   #30
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don't feel bad lol.. I too had to do it like 4 times too. sucks.
What method ended up working for you?
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:56 PM   #31
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What method ended up working for you?
I tried using the permatex ultra grey the first 3 times always leaked.

Then I used permatex "The Right Stuff". Suppose to dry in 1 minute. Apply and go. After using that I was good.

I now always go to "The Right Stuff" whenever I need some type of RTV. They should have it at advance auto or autozone. Little more expensive then normal Ultra Grey, but worth it in my book.

The bottle it comes with I find MUCH easier to apply with as well.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #32
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I tried using the permatex ultra grey the first 3 times always leaked.

Then I used permatex "The Right Stuff". Suppose to dry in 1 minute. Apply and go. After using that I was good.

I now always go to "The Right Stuff" whenever I need some type of RTV. They should have it at advance auto or autozone. Little more expensive then normal Ultra Grey, but worth it in my book.

The bottle it comes with I find MUCH easier to apply with as well.
Ah I see. I used hondabond both times. I'm wondering if it's just a defective gasket or I didn't clean the surface well enough. Did you apply it liberally or only in the corners like the manufacturer states?
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:17 PM   #33
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Ah I see. I used hondabond both times. I'm wondering if it's just a defective gasket or I didn't clean the surface well enough. Did you apply it liberally or only in the corners like the manufacturer states?
I tried it a few ways. Tried RTV the whole cover. Next time tried none. Next time tried a bit towards the front of the engine.

Last time I did it with "The Right Stuff" I re-did the "half moons" with it, and then applied "the right stuff" along the bottom, and about halfway up the valve cover each side.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:37 PM   #34
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Thats what I did with the hondabond (apply on the bottom and partially up). I think this time I'm going to go by what Subaru says and see how it goes.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:58 PM   #35
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Thats what I did with the hondabond (apply on the bottom and partially up). I think this time I'm going to go by what Subaru says and see how it goes.
I'm pretty sure with Hondabond or Fuji it has a "curing" period of 24hrs?

Did you wait a while for it dry too?
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:47 AM   #36
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The hondabond fully cures in 13-16 hours, depending on temperature and humidity. I let it sit for at least 16 hours...
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:57 PM   #37
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Did both sides of mine including the half moons with Hondabond, applied as per the FSM, and let it sit for a few days before starting, for other parts waiting to come in. No leaks at all. Finally no oil dripping into my heat shields!

I bought a tube of Hondabond like 8 years ago when doing something on my Prelude, and it is still half full, and I use it fairly frequently, well worth the money.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:01 AM   #38
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A dealer told me $220 plus about $85 in parts plus tax so between $3-400. I may be lazy and let them do it. I have to do the plugs soon, lets see how frustrated I get, that will be the decision maker.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:42 AM   #39
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A dealer told me $220 plus about $85 in parts plus tax so between $3-400. I may be lazy and let them do it. I have to do the plugs soon, lets see how frustrated I get, that will be the decision maker.
You might as well do the valve cover gasket then. With that off, makes the plugs a lottt easier to get to.
Just a thought.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:04 PM   #40
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I'm about to refresh my heads and will be using all new gaskets. What is the general consensus on OEM gaskets vs NAPA or similar brand gaskets? Is there a whole kit setup or do I have to buy individually?

I'm talking about the whole shebang:

1x RH Valve Cover Gasket
1x LH Valve Cover Gasket
4x Cam oil seal gaskets
16x Rocker cover bolt grommets

Thanks guys
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:09 PM   #41
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Read through a few posts, some seem to only have luck with the OEM, and that's what I used, so I can't speak for Beck Arnley or anything else. I don't think there is an OEM kit, its piece by piece.
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:25 PM   #42
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Figured I would input my experience:

Replaced both sides on my 03' about 3 weeks ago. Used all oem gaskets, bolt grommets, spark plug gaskets, Oil seperator gaskets, half moons and permatex ultra grey and so far no leaks. The surface has to be super clean or else you will most likely have another leak. No more burnt smell coming through the air vents!
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:03 PM   #43
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Figured I would input my experience: Replaced both sides on my 03' about 3 weeks ago. Used all oem gaskets, bolt grommets, spark plug gaskets, Oil seperator gaskets, half moons and permatex ultra grey and so far no leaks. The surface has to be super clean or else you will most likely have another leak. No more burnt smell coming through the air vents!
I did the same on my passenger side. Need to do my drivers next. Talked with my Subaru mechanic friend and he said he couldn't stress enough about cleanliness before reinstalling. I spent a good 30 mins cleaning up the cover to remove all the gunk especially in the gasket seat. He also said he's used ultra gray permatex for years without any issues.
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