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Old 01-07-2013, 07:39 PM
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Any gasket is better than no (or fried) gasket. As long as the material is up to the task. I wouldn't use straight fibre (paper) on the exhaust, for example. On things like side covers, you've got to watch the thickness to keep crank endplay within spec.

Folks have been known to use cereal boxes and other similar card stock with success. Often, when I use a fibre-type material, I will give it a light coat of engine oil upon installation. I don't know if it actually does anything to improve the seal, but my brain tells me it does... So I do- and have not had any problems with home-made gaskets to date. FWIW- I use a set of leather punches to make the bolt holes, and a #11 X-Acto knife or crash scissors to cut the material.
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