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Hello folks,

The precast rubber bands of the intake manifold are annoying me, because there are all approximately 5 Millimeters too short. So, it's nearly impossible to fix them correct and especially dense. So I was looking after a rubber band with this diameter and wall thickness, but couldn't find a suitable solution. Has anybody a buying source for me?

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a jpeg says a lot
assuming you are talking about the manifold to head seals?
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sorry, I made an inaccurate description! It's about the intake manifold rubber bands between heads and the manifold of an early '85 XLX.
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Some of the cheap aftermarket ones are not the right size. Genuine James Gasket brand fit correctly.

Otherwise, you might try to find some hose that connects the filler neck of a car to the petrol tank that is the right size. Radiator hose etc might fit but will not stand up to fuel and heat etc for long term.
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I've tested James and S&S gaskets, both had exactly the same length - about 5mm too short...
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whether o-ring type or flat type, if you put them in a cup of boiling water, you can either quickly install or stretch.
what i usually do is roll the ring up onto the head, place manifold near with clamp handy and then roll the ring onto the assy.
another method is to use glass oven tape and when the ring is rolled onto the assy is to put two wraps over the ring. this will hold it and when it heats up, prevent leaks. one word of caution is that it seals so well that it is a mess to remove when you go back in.
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Anybody know if silicon hose stands up to petrol? I have a local source - pity it's blue though.
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I've tried a silicon hose from a specialized trader, allegedly petrol resistant - 2 months later , it was screwed...
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Anybody ever try rubber electrical insulating/padding tape? Not the standard plastic electrical stuff.... its stretches not real thick plus the Oring???
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Has nobody another idea for the rubber band problem?
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