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Old 06-07-2003, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default suby_dude gaskets?

Just curious if anyone has any experience with the gasket kit offtered by suby_dude for the uppipe/downpipe install. Are they holding up and do you have any leaks?

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Old 06-08-2003, 01:24 PM   #2
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Absolutely wonderful fit. Not one hole was even close to being "off" I installed an egt tapped passenger manifold and gutted uppipe so I invested in these gaskets. I must also say that subyDude was very easy to deal with, I told him what day I needed them by and he had them here the day before. That is prolly the most important thing I appreciate about customer service: when they tell me a certain date and stick by it. I would definately recommend these gaskits and will definately purchase other products from subydude(as long as price permits)
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Old 06-24-2003, 04:18 PM   #3
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Great gaskets! Sealed up a bit of a leak on my uppipe to crossover flange, great product, and rapid shipping! Thanks again Subydude!
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Old 06-24-2003, 04:23 PM   #4
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I'll be using these on an uppipe/turbo install in a week. I'll let you know how they work out. In terms of looks, they look pretty beefy and the cutout patttern is identical to the oem ones when you put up against each other. I've been hearing nothing but good stuff about them.
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Old 06-28-2003, 03:21 PM   #5
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I wanted to wait a few weeks before posting a review... well I just checked the uppipe-manifold seal (my problem child) and ALL IS WELL. No leak, yay.

I struggled with a leak for a couple of months, redid the uppipe install twice and even replaced with another oem uppipe-manifold gasket and still had a leak... finally, the leak is all gone now w/the aide of the Suby Dude set. I bought the entire gasket set, everything went in fine.

Final note, I was leak free for 8 months after the initial uppipe install, it wasn't until/during a track day that the leak exposed itself while driving hard (hi-revs) for a long duration.
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Old 07-04-2003, 08:28 AM   #6
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lasted 400 miles before I blew one out. I emailed subydude, he did a FULL refund. I am now running stock gaskets on the perrin up pipe. Thankfully - he ios a GOOD vendor and refunded the cash FAST (11pm on July 3rd!)
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:56 AM   #7
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:15 AM   #8
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I've had a manifold to uppipe gasket in since June 14 - maybe 2500 miles. Stopped my leak. I'll double check it though.

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Old 07-24-2003, 10:45 PM   #9
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chrislehr, I've seen the same thing happen to another members gaskets. DO you have a solid aftermarket up pipe?
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Old 07-25-2003, 12:52 AM   #10
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put my subydude gaskets in last week. no problems as yet (knock on wood). the smoking after the install went away very quickly also. I'm happy with them so far. BTW I'm running a used turboxs uppipe.
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Old 07-25-2003, 08:52 AM   #11
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chrislehr, I've seen the same thing happen to another members gaskets. DO you have a solid aftermarket up pipe?
Brand new Perrin polished up pipe, professional installer.
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Old 07-25-2003, 09:33 AM   #12
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Brand new Perrin polished up pipe, professional installer.
Professional, huh?
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Old 07-29-2003, 08:16 AM   #13
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Professional, huh?
Well, he said he was
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Old 07-29-2003, 11:39 AM   #14
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it's not really the fault of the installer, but rather a poor fitment issue from solid up pipes that cause the leaks.
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Old 07-29-2003, 02:02 PM   #15
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I think it's okay to have a solid uppipe as long as it's cast, a la turboxs. Heat flex characterstics remain the same as stock so there shouldn't be a problem. Mine works. ::shrug::
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:37 AM   #16
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Default Gasket Update...

Man, I just got an email from subyDude that contained the following about the subydude gaskets:

However, because of the uniqueness of the material being highly compressible with a 50% recovery, it is important that re-torque again to 26 to 30 ft-lbs after the first 100 miles. It is recommended that you do this after 100 miles because the rubber binder material will have cured and any leaks induced by the curing or bolts loosening due to rapid heat cycling when the gaskets are new, can be prevented. Heat and pressure alone will not cause failures in these gaskets. Only a leak with caustic exhaust gas flowing through the gaskets will cause failures.


I don't know about all of you but I am not looking forward to pulling that car apart again to retorque all those gaskets (5).

Let me see I will need to do the following:
1. Support the car
2. Remove tire(no big deal)
3. remove o2 access plate
4. remove o2 sensor
5. remove splash gaurd
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7. remove turbo upper heat sheild (That one was a pain to get on)
retorque everything... and then reassemble.

Maybe I am just overreacting, but I think the product information should probably inform us of this burning in ritual before we bought them.

I don't have a lot of experience with exhaust gaskets but do you have to retorque te mettalic type? I would not think so...

Anywho....</rant>
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:08 PM   #17
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Can anyone corraborate this? The thing that looks weird is that the gaskets are broken in more than one place. Not only were they failing but they were totally failing. Perhaps they were folded ( or slightly damaged) prior to install?
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Old 08-04-2003, 03:15 PM   #18
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Can anyone corraborate this? The thing that looks weird is that the gaskets are broken in more than one place. Not only were they failing but they were totally failing. Perhaps they were folded ( or slightly damaged) prior to install?
They were PERFECT when installed. They look folded and torn from trying to remove them off of the studs wherever they got stuck on...
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Old 08-04-2003, 04:51 PM   #19
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i had a blow-out just like yours chrislehr, same place in the gasket from up to manifold, upper side close to the manifold...i had only about 1100 mile on it. i was on a weekend trip when it blew...the whole ride home sucked...
like you said, fitment wise was flawless but it did blew out after some miles...time to go back to the oem gaskets.
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Old 08-16-2003, 11:03 PM   #20
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[quote]Originally posted by chrislehr


This is the EXACT same spot where mine failed. I installed mine about 3 weeks ago. About a week and a half ago, I got the email stating you should re-torque them after 100 miles. By that time, I had 500-1000 miles on them. This week, after 1500 miles total on the gaskets, I started getting a loud exhaust. I took a look at it and your pics is almost identical to how mine looks. It appears that about 1 inch or so of the gasket is gone. I don't know if it goes all the way through or not, but since it is louder than normal I assume some/all of the missing area is totally through.

I did email the company today. I got a response back in seriously like .000475 seconds. I got my money back later that day. Integrity is hard to come by these days and I for one am happy to see SubyDude has it.

I understand many have been satisfied with these gaskets, but there are exceptions to every rule.
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Old 08-18-2003, 09:29 AM   #21
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Iv'e had these gaskets in for a few hundred mile now.So far,so good. I did retorque them after first 100 miles too.
Time will tell,but I feel confedent that they will hold up.
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Old 08-18-2003, 05:27 PM   #22
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Default Warning!!!

Maybe the retorque will save them maybe not, however IMHO, the fact that you need to retorque them alone should disuade one from buying these gaskets.

I lost the gasket on tje lower side of the upPipe already to a blowout. It looks just like the pictures above.

Recommendations: Buy stuff from Subydude, just not the gaskets.

I ended up putting new factory gacskets back int.
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Old 08-21-2003, 05:20 PM   #23
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I got the Helix flex uppipe from SubyDude and it came with those gaskets. After reading this post I decided to go with OEM gaskets. Perhaps if you have a persistent leak these would be the way to go but I think for a first time install OEM is the way to go.

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Old 09-03-2003, 01:52 AM   #24
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I installed a set on a customers car and wasn't excited, especially when told the price

I've seen them leak after they cure and dry up some, that sucks to have to get under the car and retorque....13 bolts or so.

I've used the factory gaskets with 0 problems other than price , I've also used the Gruppe-s ones for $5 a piece. They work well IMO. I have a welded up pipe to header setup now so I can't say if their header to uppipe gasket works well.

Keep in mind about the cast, flex, and stainless pipe review the stock ones don't fail like these do. They dont' just blow out/apart on ya. Hard to do with metal gaskets.

final comment, save your money. Great idea, so hats off to soobie dude on them, but just wish they turned out better.
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Old 09-14-2003, 07:06 PM   #25
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I installed a set of these gaskets about a week ago. I retorqed them to 30 foot lbs no leaks as of now . I'm happy.
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