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Hey lads hope everyone is doing good. Just wondering what everybody uses as gasket material instead of over priced oem gaskets. I need a new clutch housing gasket and was thinking of using some manila folders to make it out of. Anyone ever used something not oem. Very interested to see what can and cant be used.
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Hey lads hope everyone is doing good. Just wondering what everybody uses as gasket material instead of over priced oem gaskets. I need a new clutch housing gasket and was thinking of using some manila folders to make it out of. Anyone ever used something not oem. Very interested to see what can and cant be used.
you can get gasket material from auto parts stores, manila folders probably not a great idea unless you're confident it's a good thickness and maybe smear a little bit of gasket maker on both sides to adhere it to the mating surfaces

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hmmm I never thought the oem gaskets where that over priced, although I NEVER buy them from a kawasaki dealer.

when I did my engine work, I bought all gaskets from ebay, using OEM part numbers. none where very expensive (I had to do a stator replacement, and had to replace the gasket on the right side engine cover a different time).

I will add, I think all the gaskets I got where genuine kawasaki too, but its been a while, and I have a swiss cheese memory

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I would think that’s the last place you’d want to skimp on. The old “buy nice or buy twice” philosophy
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Think my clutch case gasket was $10 from ebay.

Agreed, a bit thicker than manila, some people use cereal boxes, though they're probably not big enough for the clutch case. Poster board or card stock should work, but the parts stores do have sheets of material.

I used the new stator gasket to trace it on a piece of card stock, in case I needed one in a hurry.

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I know most people want to use genuine gaskets but i was just curious as to see if people used anything else. I no some old timers used various materials so was interested to no if there still been used today.
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I used cereal boxes when I was much younger on all sorts of Honda's. Porosity is an issue though, eventually they weep just a little.

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I used cereal boxes when I was much younger on all sorts of Honda's. Porosity is an issue though, eventually they weep just a little.
You're right about that, sheet gasket material should be oil resistant.

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