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Author Topic: Are cast valve covers better than stamped valve covers?  (Read 938 times)
Barn Owl
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« on: September 08, 2006, 08:12:31 PM »

I can get my hands on a set of cast valve covers (free) and I wanted to know if they were better than stamped steel for some reason, other than just aesthetics. Possibly they don't leak as much?

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 08:36:50 PM »

If you are referring to valve covers for an 8V71, I believe the cast ones are different.  They are taller to provide space for the jake brakes.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 10:38:09 PM »

So I could eliminate the spacers?
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006, 02:25:38 AM »

Laryn, In aluminum, there is a standard cover and then one that's taller for the Jake installation. Or.....use the standard with a spacer.   (I think this is right) chuck
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006, 05:22:58 AM »

As mentioned, there are 2 different cast valve covers. I think the cast covers are less likely to leak because the stamped covers can be warped by overtightening. If you have a GM with a OEM tailgate, the taller (Jake Brake) cover will not allow the tailgate to close without altering the door.  Jack
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