No, Mr. Lemmywinks, No!!!
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Harriman, TN
...I was concerned about stripping the bolts and didn't want to over-tighten. I guess if you really cranked it hard, the results would be a little better, but for me, I had to use the RTV with the copper anyway.
You have to tighten it enough to deform the copper.
If the bolts are too weak to compress copper slightly, they need replacing anyway.
For the next use, hammer it flat, hit it with a torch until it glows red hot, and use it again.
I've got a copper dirt bike head gasket that 30 years old, I can't count how many times it's been apart...
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