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want advice on replacement valve cover gaskets and harness

not urgent, but have a long list of stuff to do with my truck in spring. need advice on buying replacement valve cover gaskets and wiring harnesses. does everyone use/suggest motorcraft or are people having good luck with any of these ebay ones? all suggestions welcome, part number and prices a big help too if you remember them.
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OEM for sure, aftermarkets seem to be a crap shoot.
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Motorcraft VC F4TZ-6584A x2
Motorcraft UVCH F4TZ-9D930-K x4
Motorcraft GP F4TZ-12A342-BA x8

You will also need the engine side pigtail, But I don't have that part number in my bible.

Tousley Ford ( They go by a different name now, That is what they used to be called) has better prices.

Yes, IH or Motor is the only way to go. Might as well do gpr as well, search for western plow relay, or I can proved the oe part number.

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I bought 2 sets from advance auto and have had no issues yet. But the day is young. Came with 2 engine side pigtails and everything under the valve cover

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I got a Dorman set from oreilly's because I needed the truck running that day.

They work, but I don't like their clips. The need to be bent, or else they don't stay put on the fuel injector.

The factory harness doesn't plug into the valve cover very easy either.

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I have one on My truck as well, Just so I could move it around the yard, but there have been stories where the pins are shorted, or crossed, in the gasket. another big thing is that the wire in the dorman is usually aluminum instead of copper.

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aluminum wiring is only good for 2 years 20


k then you'll be back under there doing it again. use ford/IH the first time

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aluminum wiring is only good for 2 years 20


k then you'll be back under there doing it again. use ford/IH the first time
I agree, the OEM's aren't THAT much more than the dorman set.

I can have my passenger valve cover off in 10 minutes though, so doing it again won't kill me.

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I'm gonna try to force myself to fix everything that needs to be fixed on my truck this spring.. List is getting long.....
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i have the dorman ones on my truck worked fine, as others have said it was hard to plug in the factory harnesses but other than that no issues

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