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Old 01-29-2018, 12:42 PM   #26
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Re: header collector sealing problem.

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my header collector surfaces seem to be warped. i have aluminum gaskets in there now and no matter how much i tighten them it still leaks. i was thinking of using 2 white paper style gaskets. should i do it? if i do should i use red silicone? should i just get the damn things welded instead (im tempted)?
Ive been sharing my fix for warping flanges. After many hours in my basement to solve my failing state inpections I create a fix. C Flange Bracket. No cutting. No welding. Fits behind or replaces existing flange. Im looking for support or opinions. Plz comment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBdFKlVRh48&t=17s
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Old 01-29-2018, 12:44 PM   #27
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" no matter how tight I tighten them, they won't seal"
That's the problem. They don't need to be that tight. Here is the cheapest solution, and it works flawlessly everytime, for years to come. Go to the parts store, and buy some good collector gaskets, 2 sets (4 gaskets) I prefer the fel pro blue gaskets if you can find them. Then go to your local exhaust shop, and buy an extra set of flanges. All ya gotta do is sandwich the extra flange between the two gaskets, and viola!!! No more leaks. Please submit $1 to my paypal account for this info!!! BTW, here is a pic.

Check this fix out. After many hours in my basement to solve my failing state inpections I create a fix. C Flange Bracket. No cutting. No welding. Fits behind or replaces existing flange. Im looking for support or opinions. Plz comment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBdFKlVRh48&t=17s
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:58 PM   #28
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Re: header collector sealing problem.

Is it patented or can any Joe Nobody steal the idea?
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Old 01-29-2018, 03:07 PM   #29
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Is it patented or can any Joe Nobody steal the idea?
Yes to both, but that why its patent pending. I assumed you saw the video. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:58 PM   #30
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Re: header collector sealing problem.

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You suck! I wanted to tell them about that trick.

Yep as cst70 said this trick works! Ive done it a few times with warped flanges and it sealed them up with no problems. This also tends to increase collector gasket life quite a bit since the pipes arent constantly rubbing against both sides of the gasket cutting it from both ends.
Funny I thought I was super clever when I invented that trick! Mine was a tight fight and I just used copper silicone in lieu of gaskets. Lasted quite a while before I got another leak. Engine swap time coming (hopefully) soon so I ain't fixing it again.
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