T28 Gasket Issues

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  1. keirGERS

    keirGERS Member

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    This is absolutely doing my head in.
    Bought the s14a around a month ago, got it home, couple of days later the manifold to turbo gasket blew out. Stripped it all down and replaced it with what the local engine shop said was the ticket for the job. Last night, went out an *enthusiastic* drive and sure enough, gasket blew out again.
    Phoned the closest Nissan dealership to me (40 miles away) and they're after £45+ vat, there's no chance I'm paying that for a gasket.

    What I have noticed is, both times it's blew out at the side closest to the engine.

    Anybody got any ideas of how to fix it once and for all? Obviously don't want to weld it (although it's crossed my mind)

    Heard of carbon paste and no gasket? Can't be sure how flat the surfaces are. Oem manifold and Garrett t28.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Silviafan

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    I had the same problem. I changed the bolts to EVO 9 ones. no problem ever since :) My stock bolts always came loose no matter what I did.
    And buy the gaskets from Garrett.
     
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    Hmm, not just put 2 nuts on the studs?

    And that's a good shout, much are they from Garrett?
     
  4. sx-si

    sx-si anti-copy parts

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    just bolt it down without a gasket and weld the bloody thing

    or buy a £40 gasket and locking tabs and then hope it lasts a year
     
  5. wyatt

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    Locking tabs are the one, got my gasket from conceptua tuning, made some locking tabs, still going strong almost a year on.
     
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    Locking tabs and lock (binkx) nuts here, and a brace to the block from the elbow and brace between the dp and back of gearbox
     
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    Had the exact same issue previously. Look for conceptua gasket & locking tabs and split nuts. This is a sound solution
     
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    keirGERS Member

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    I'm edging towards just welding it up, however noticed the manifold had a slight crack on the inside flap thing so I'd imagine I'll need a new manifold soon. So obviously don't want to need a turbo at the same time.
     
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    well sorry but I don't now the price of the Garrett gaskets. I get them for free :) But i think every official garret shop has a website you could check it.
     
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    diamondsink Kyouto Drift

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    The crack in the divider of the manifold is normal, dont worry about it.
    Most gaskets fail because an aftermarket exhaust puts strain and leverage on the joint.
    The best way to deal with it is using nissan gaskets (driftworks and apex sell them). Metal locking nuts (K Nuts), locking tabs. Then fit a flexi joint in the down pipe (some companys sell flexi downpipes). Then make sure the exhaust is supported at the down pipe. Make a bracket of some before the flexi.
     
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    I was have same problem, but after fit flexi down pipe my problem gone :)
     
  12. Jites

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    This ^

    Make sure you have a flexi section, makes all the difference! I had the same issue and since fitting a flexi section and welding the turbo to manifold its been fine. It cost less money to weld in a flexi and turbo to manifold than new gaskets. pikey but it works
     
  13. r3k1355

    r3k1355 Well-Known Member

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    Your gasket didn't look like this did it?

    [​IMG]

    because those ones are shit and only last a couple of days, it needs to be metal, like this:

    [​IMG]
     

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