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Old 07-18-2019, 09:08 AM   #1
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Felpro intake manifold gasket poor fit

1999 F53 with 2 valve 6.8 v10. Upon reassembly, I am disappointed at poor fitment of Felpro’s intake manifold gasket. Coolant passages do not line up properly, nor do bolt holes. Gasket looks to be good quality build...it even has tabs to look into place. I’m afraid of a coolant or vacuum leak. I’m leaning toward trying another brand.
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Old 08-03-2019, 12:03 PM   #2
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It looks good to me.

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Old 08-03-2019, 03:04 PM   #3
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The fit looks OK and it will probably will work but then again. So much of this stuff is outsourced to foreign country's and we sometimes just don't get the quality. We never knows who is making what and it's all base on getting the best price so they can try to survive.

Competition in a capitalist society is important. It forces companies to produce a better product and helps to control prices. Only one supplier (monopoly) price and quality suffer. The best example is the F-53 chassis. The only game in town. When enough companies compete for a place in the supply chain quality/price will become a factor. That's when customer complaints are important.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:22 PM   #4
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The photos are a bit deceiving. The coolant passages were the most concerning. I’d hate to have a coolant leak after getting all back together. I bought a different brand (Mahle) which fit better.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:53 PM   #5
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I’d opt for using OEM Ford gaskets ordered by the VIN.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:36 AM   #6
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In the 70's and 80's felpro were the best priced quality gaskets around. Noticed the last few times that I've used them that they have failed to preform and I have had to replace them. I won't buy that brand again, hate having to redo stuff.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:19 AM   #7
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When I had mine apart, I reused the intake and front cover gaskets. They had good resilience and were not smashed.

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