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    Default Soggy bowl gasket...why not rtv???

    Just put my pump back together....blew the bowl gasket. I was surprised how soggy it is. I'm putting the some b back together with some "right stuff" and a new gasket.
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    using RTV only is a pain in the a$$. it works great and easy to install. However the next time you try to remove the bowl you will be fighting with it... i just found that out the hard way.


    if your going to use RTV and a gasket i dont see why that would be a PITA, only RTV only was a no no in my limited experience.
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    There has to be a way to remove silicon. NHRA engines are just about all built with the stuff and they take them apart and put them back together between heats. I wonder what they really use?
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    carb cleaner( non chlorinated)
    I personally would not use RTV on the bowl
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    It looks to me like you have a fit problem on the bowl, do the bolts bottom out?

    I would put it together without a gasket and torque a few bolts and attemp to slide a feeler gauge through it (like a .005").

    I use High Tack (Permatex) on one side and Never Sieze on the other...Seems to work well....

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    Have the bowl machined so you can run an O-ring, with out the gasket.
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    I have tried everything from dry to rtv to gasket dressed with permatex #2 and other things, but I found that Permatex makes an anaerobic sealant (gasket eliminator) that stays soft but does not leak it is awesome and easily cleanable with brake-kleen, I dress the gasket and torque the bolts and have not lost a gasket yet ( considering proper bowl fitment)

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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Just put my pump back together....blew the bowl gasket. I was surprised how soggy it is. I'm putting the some b back together with some "right stuff" and a new gasket.
    Kreg if you use really do Permatex "right stuff" (which we love on engines) you may want to take your own life later when faced with bowl removal down the road. We install these with a very light coat of high tack (to hold in place during assy) and light coating of grease ONLY Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    We install these with a very light coat of high tack (to hold in place during assy) and light coating of grease ONLY Tom
    rite on ...i use studs & white greese on both sides of gasket...have never blown a gasket...also...funny as it may sound...i use white greese on my manif gaskets & header gaskets also...never a prob when removing them...simple clean-up ...just my .02 cents for what works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Kreg if you use really do Permatex "right stuff" (which we love on engines) you may want to take your own life later when faced with bowl removal down the road. We install these with a very light coat of high tack (to hold in place during assy) and light coating of grease ONLY Tom
    Yea, no kidding.

    If I were to try RTV, I would do like I did my headers, ran an acceptable, tried very hard to be uniform, bead,and let cure for 2 days. This way, it is only stuck to one face, not gluing the entire assy. together.

    I've never blown a bowl gasket, ever, but then I am not running near the power some are, am making double what I used to tho. I would prefer to go Tom's way above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    you may want to take your own life later when faced with bowl removal down the road.

    Been there.. what a PITA...
    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    A side story, a couple years back, I bought an HTP snoot, well it arrived early, the morning I was leaving for Hot Boat Weekend. I bought it with for the week, figured I could at least try it. Well we had a rain day, so off comes the droop snoot, but the gasket stuck in two spots. I managed to tear the gasket in one spot as it came off. Now I'm stuck, no spare gasket, a buddy walks up, will this work? I was COORS beer case, and was on the thick side. Heck yea lets give it a try..

    I've blown a couple nozzle gaskets before, seems to be a tightening issue, I figured this might get me thru a couple days. Feeling like a grade school kid in art class, We managed to carve out a gasket. Bolted on the snoot, re rigged the steerring, I was ready to go. We magaged to use the boat for the rest of the week, and for about a month longer till being put away. I pulled it apart, for the most part it was still as good as when I put it in.
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    Heck, I've been forced to use grocery sacks for gasket material in the past. I guess you use what's at hand when you are in a pinch. I'll bet you could have left that Coor's gasket in place for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    ? I was COORS beer case, and was on the thick side. Heck yea lets give it a try..

    did it turn blue when the water temp reached a chilly temp


    thats good info, when your in a pinch to know

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