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post #1 of 8 Old 08-20-2017, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Best 258 valve cover?

A recent thread re a poor quality Omix valve cover has me wondering which cover is the best quality and fit. How many manufacturers can there be?

Clifford evidently no longer makes the cover for the 258. Since Jeep licenses the JEEP name to Omix, is the JEEP cover they sell better than the lower cost versions that they sell. I don't know chit about casting aluminum, but figure the cover with a JEEP logo is cast in a different mold than the 4.2 or 258 logo
covers? Is it better?

Since I assumed all pretty much the same I bought a cheap cast cover on Ebay. Seems to be drilled correctly, finish ain't great, but mostly OK. I have yet to install it. If there is a top quality cover, I would buy it.

What up?

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-20-2017, 11:01 AM
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Hey, I'm looking for a cast aluminum valve cover too, but I need one for a 1979 head.
Anyone know if such a thing exists?

1977 CJ5 is a CJ build ever really done?
2002 TJ gone
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Hey, I'm looking for a cast aluminum valve cover too, but I need one for a 1979 head.
Anyone know if such a thing exists?

It is not made in cast aluminum. All available are steel, as were OEM.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-20-2017, 12:35 PM
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I bought a new Clifford valve cover a couple of years ago for the 1979 258 I was building. It was the only cast aluminum cover made for the pre '81 engines and the stock stamped steel cover wouldn't fit over my Comp springs. So now they don't sell it anymore? Time to start searching the Bay if you are looking for one, I guess.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-20-2017, 05:34 PM
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This is the one I installed on my 86 CJ-7




All the holes lined up properly but I had to re-tap the bolt holes to get the bolts that came with it to fit.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-20-2017, 11:33 PM
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I bought s plastic one. It fit fine. Go to Harbor freight and get an inch pound torque wrench. Mine actually sealed up. Surprised the crap out of me.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-21-2017, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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I really appreciate the responses..all good, but my original question was "Is there a source for a high quality cast valve cover?" If Omix is suspect, does Crown have a better one? Is there another source?

86Renegade where did you get your cover? All of the cast covers require some thread tapping, that is a given due to differences in how the plastic covers were secured to the head.

Cheers and thanks again,

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e? Is there another source?

86Renegade where did you get your cover? All of the cast covers require some thread tapping, that is a given due to differences in how the plastic covers were secured to the head.
I'm pretty sure this is it:

Several different companies make one that looks similar to the one I have

https://www.quadratec.com/products/51104_02_07.htm
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