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Well, my three cents... I've tried the neoprene gaskets and the cork ones -- I prefer the cork. I also wipe both gasket surfaces clean and use no greases, oils or adhesives. Whenever I remove a valve cover I replace the gasket. I have no leaks. I do use bolt-on valve covers (finned and de-chromed!) and love 'em. Toby Erkson email@example.com '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L '75 Porsche 914 1.8L for sale Portland, Oregon, USA ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Re: Another trick...???? Author: firstname.lastname@example.org at SMTPGATE Date: 5/7/97 12:20 PM When I install a new valve cover gasket, I de-grease them and scrape any old gasket off with a razor blade. Then I apply a light coat of Form-A-Gasket to the inside of the cover where the gasket goes. Let this tack up and then set the gasket in place. Then I apply a light coat of multi-purpose grease to the surface of the gasket. I find that by doing this I can go 2-3 valve checks (3000 miles each) before replacing the valve cover gaskets and not have them develope any leaks. I was taught from a fellow who raced all matter of VW based cars that it is better to keep the mating surfaces of valve cover gaskets CLEAN. (i.e. not use any gasket glues and make damn sure the mating surface on the head is clean as well.) I'm not arguing with anyone. I'm more interested in hearing what others in the group do.