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Valve cover tabs

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by aztec777, Sep 4, 2001.

  1. aztec777

    aztec777 1/2 ton status

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    I've got to change out the valve cover gaskets in my truck and saw the "tabs" or "spreaders" for the valve covers at the parts store. Are these worthwhile? Do you install them with the angled part pointing up? I would assume so. Thanks for the help guys. Oh, I've got a 402 big block sitting in an 82 Jimmy.

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  2. dyeager535

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    They're worth it for the cost to me. Can;t hurt, they just spread the load over a larger area, hopefully improving the seal. I believe the original application for these hold downs were the Corvairs incidentally. : )

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  3. Blazer_Boy

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    They come from the factory with iddy biddy hold downs. Fel-pro even gives you a set when you buy new valve cover gaskets. I'd just buy some nice big chrome hold downs. The larger size distributes pressure more evenly and reduces the chance of leakage.

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  4. Blazer79

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    Felpro gives them away? Since when? I just bought a Felpro gasket set for my 454 and didn't get any [​IMG]

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