Moose Racing gasket kit rant
Posted August 15, 2010 - 08:27 AM
It was missing virtually all of the o-rings. I had to go to Harbor Freight and buy a metric o-ring kit (which by-the-bye worked very well). It came with some extra parts that who knows what they're for and was missing a few other parts it should have had. I contacted my supplier, a local indy, and he contacted his supplier (Parts Unlimited) and they basically said oh well.
I make do, put it together and the stator cover gasket starts leaking right away. So, okay, I order a factory gasket and make do AGAIN. Then I run it in very carefully. No other problems noted, so yesterday I take it out on a long ride. And, guess what? Yup, the valve cover gasket starts leaking like a sieve.
Word of warning.
Posted August 15, 2010 - 11:31 AM
Posted August 16, 2010 - 07:48 AM
This is one of the reasons why a non OEM part is cheaper.
You're absolutely correct. I wish I could afford all OEM parts, however, I don't have over a grand to spend, which is about what it would have cost compared to the aftermarket kits at a cost of about a hunny.
Posted August 18, 2010 - 09:58 AM
Posted August 19, 2010 - 04:54 AM
Every time I bought the full moose gasket AND oring kit, I even received individual valve seals.
Depending on bike, it'll come with 2 versions of certain gaskets (WR and YZ) because the sister bike might have a slightly different cover somewhere.
Mind you, an engine set normally stops supplying you seals and gaskets for anything beyond the actual motor extremities, meaning you won't get carb o-rings etc with it.
Posted August 19, 2010 - 08:36 AM
I use to use Moose levers on my son's bike before I got the ASV's because they were $5 vs. $20+ for OEM's. I could usually straighten an OEM twice before it broke, and the Moose only once, but it still came out ahead. OTOH, the front sprocket I bought from them wore too fast. You have to look at what it is and decide whether you can use the item in question if it turns out to be farther down the quality scale. Some of it is actually pretty good, but it's hard to tell until you try it.
Apart from Cometic (which usually doesn't include O-rings, either), I generally don't use aftermarket gasket kits at all. I prefer to piece together what I need from the OEM catalog. Then I know what I'm getting, and to me, that's worth it.