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Old 05-26-2003, 11:02 PM   #1
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I hope this is going in the right forum. I have a 91 Legacy Turbo Sport with a 94 JDM WRX EJ20G (closed deck block) engine swapped in. I'm having a problem with valve tapping. I believe its probably a clogged oil port in a hydraulic lifter/actuator. I've tried a few different tricks to stop it with no success, so it looks like I will have to do what I did to my impreza, pull off the covers and soak the actuators in brake cleaner. hey, it worked with the impreza, and my subie specialist swears by it. But I have no clue where to get valve cover gaskets. Does anyone know where in the US I can find them? I only really need 1. I would hate to have to go overseas to find them.
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Old 05-27-2003, 12:02 AM   #2
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Well I got a set from a guy in Aus.

Also looking at it, one of the DOHC EJ25's was the same (96 IIRC). The 02 WRX is not the same. But I could be wrong on the 96 since I bought a set, but did not slap them on.
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Old 05-27-2003, 08:25 PM   #3
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*bump*
I hate to do it, but I really got to figure this problem out. Please, anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
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Old 05-27-2003, 08:47 PM   #4
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Well... I'd say worst case, make your own gaskets.
I'm not saying it is perfect, but I have had some good sucess with RTV blue selant as filler, & cork sheets can be obtained from most parts places...

If the valve covers come off clean & the gaskets don't chunk off in peices you can put a light coat of RTV on & stick it back on. Put it on, bolt it down, let it sit for as long as the instructions & it shouldn't leak.
I have put covers on & let sit over night, usually the longer the better before put into service...

The key things are to have clean oilless matting surfaces & if the gasket sticks in the cover leave it there & apply a light coat to the one side of the gasket.

as far as bolt seals there has to be something in the US that is the same...

I would think there has to be a gasket in the US off another car that is the same... I personally don't know though.
best of luck.

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Old 05-27-2003, 11:16 PM   #5
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Um, Go to the dealer.

Take old gasket, and valve cover.

ASk for them to look up a 96 EJ25 in a outback.

Then look it over.

If it looks real close, gamble and buy it.
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Old 05-28-2003, 04:36 PM   #6
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Hey XT6wagon,
I was wondering if there is any chance you might be able to point me in the direction of who supplied your gasket from australia? Any chance they might sell me one? Thanks for the help everyone. Perhaps I will talk to my mechanic about the valve cover gasket and the 96 EJ25 working, as the dealer around here won't be of any help if they can avoid it. Anyone have a very loose ballpark figure for gasket costs? Maybe it would be worth ordering a 96 EJ25 and finding out myself.
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Old 05-28-2003, 04:50 PM   #7
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The guy only got them because he was about to come out here on vacation, and got a little $$ to pay for the flight as a side bonus for hauling stuff to a bunch of us.

Plus the AU gaskets were wallet rape $100 IIRC for everything

I think the 96 gaskets were cheaper, but its been so long that I don't recall.
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Old 05-28-2003, 07:26 PM   #8
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ARGH! Always another question...stupid stupid stupid micum...
Ok...I knew I'd need valve cover gaskets, but having never done it before, I wasn't aware of the bolt seals that GLwagen mentioned. Anyone want to let me in on the secret? What are they?
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I'm not 100% sure that that engine has that particular design... most of the gaskets I have gotten from parts places have the little gaskets with...

If the bolt goes through the middle of the valve cover, (not near the edges) then there would be a washer that goes between the bolt & cover or cover & mounting point...

I'm just saying if there is one at all...
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