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Old 02-11-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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SW headers and RTV only?

As title states. I just bought some SW LT's and according to them. They don't use any gasket. Just RTV sealant.

What say the masses? Anybody with SW headers use OEM gaskets and have an issue? Used only RTV and had an issue?
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SW is a good company, but I am not a fan of the RTV and no gaskets. There is no way I would put RTV on the heads..gasket or not. Means if you ever take them off, you have to clean it. Also, I would not trust it to seal to well. Best bet is to reuse, or buy new stock ones. Most people reuse the stock ones and are fine. Thanks!
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I used OEM gaskets. Dont mess with that RTV crap
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SW is a good company, but I am not a fan of the RTV and no gaskets. There is no way I would put RTV on the heads..gasket or not. Means if you ever take them off, you have to clean it. Also, I would not trust it to seal to well. Best bet is to reuse, or buy new stock ones. Most people reuse the stock ones and are fine. Thanks!
Perfect. I'm not a huge fan of going the RTV route so i really wondered if people using the SW headers were doing just fine with OEM gaskets.
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SW is a good company, but I am not a fan of the RTV and no gaskets. There is no way I would put RTV on the heads..gasket or not. Means if you ever take them off, you have to clean it. Also, I would not trust it to seal to well. Best bet is to reuse, or buy new stock ones. Most people reuse the stock ones and are fine. Thanks!
Couldn't have said it better.
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I was wondering the same thing. I just bought a set of Stainless Power headers and it also has RTV sealant.
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+1 for OEM gaskets. We use them on almost all of our installs as they seal very well. Feel free to call, Pm or email us anytime with questions.

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I vote for using OEM gaskets.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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Thanks all. I will be using the OEM gaskets
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:23 PM   #11
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I never even took that RTV out of the package when I got my LT's. Don't waste your time, just use OEM gaskets.
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