What can you use to make an intake gasket?

Can Harm Hen

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On my way home from class, I noticed that the engine was idling higher than usual. By the time I got home, it was smoking a bit. I immediately shut it down, and I discovered that there is a hole in the intake gasket spraying gasoline all over the cooling fins!

Does anyone have a suggestion on how and what to replace the gasket with? I've heard cereal boxes make acceptable gaskets. :p
 

Dave31

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Go to your local auto parts store and pick up a roll of gasket maker...it's only a few bucks and way better then any cereal box.
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shiloh0

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i used a scrap piece from the edge of a 350 chevy engine gasket set. i have a bunch of hotrod stuff horded around. it worked fine, better than the one supplied cause it doesn't soak up as much gas mix as the china one. it was made from the same stuff fairraicing21 suggested above.
 

severedcorps

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sorry to resurface this thread but i have a question

is blue rtv gasket stuff the same as rtv silicone sealant (the stuff u use to seal cdi wires and magneto from rain/water) because i would like to save some money and only have to buy one thing... i am limited in my funds, so im trying to spend as little i can
 

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Any good gasket sealer will do the job. Permatex makes several different types. Just tell the parts counter guy what you're doing and he'll guide you to the right product. I agree with Joe too. Gaskets should be made from gasket material...not cereal boxes or envelopes. Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again.
Tom
 

BarelyAWake

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Jus' to be different... ;)

Pressed for time and w/o any gasket material left, I made my last intake gasket out of the back of a leather work glove - don't laugh, leather used to be used for gaskets quite frequently...

pre 1930's that is lol :p
 

Allen_Wrench

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Any good gasket sealer will do the job. Permatex makes several different types. Just tell the parts counter guy what you're doing and he'll guide you to the right product. I agree with Joe too. Gaskets should be made from gasket material...not cereal boxes or envelopes. Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again.
Tom
I'm with these guys. Gasket material is cheap enough and MADE for this job. Please eat the Wheaties yourself, they're not so good for your bike. :)
 

playbiker

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Three bond gasket maker doesnt hurt much of your pocket. Its around php130.00 or more. It makes a good gasket. Been using this many times and it always does its purpose.
 

maniac57

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I've used thick aluminum roasting pans from the dollar store to make head and exhaust gaskets. Should work on intake as well.
Keep in mind, the REAL gasket material is better if you can afford it.