Armacell question

I'm going to need to open one of my SDA's, sounds like the XO has come loose and I need to repair. When I pull the PR, the Armacell will be fully compressed, and it does not expand back out again. Do I need to apply new Armacell and re-compress? Or can I just re-use the existing flattened seal? I'm thinking the only way to get a good seal is to re-do it, and re-compress over several days.
Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.

Comments

  • xschopxschop Posts: 656
    Renew and re-torque often.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,115
    I would not see why you couldn't reuse it. why would that be any different than factory gaskets? As long as it is not tore I'd think you could reuse.
  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,239
    Factory gaskets have a bit of thickness to them. They're foam and compress a bit as you tighten down. But the Armacell is different. Armacell compresses to the point of being paper thin, and doesn't expand back at all when you remove the driver. The only reason I ask is I've done it before, and it's a royal pain to remove the existing layer. Could just go over it I suppose, but I'd be inclined to remove it.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,602
    There is no need to replace it.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 750
    All of the original gaskets on my 2.3TL's were paper-thin when I pulled the drivers, and they didn't expand at all, even overnight.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    Viking64 wrote: »
    All of the original gaskets on my 2.3TL's were paper-thin when I pulled the drivers, and they didn't expand at all, even overnight.

    ^ THIS ^

    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    The gaskets are supposed to be paper thin because you want the driver in maximum contact with the bezel.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,239
    Understood. Not questioning whether the seal should compress to be paper thin, I know this is what's supposed to happen. I'm simply asking whether or not it's recommended to replace the seal and start from scratch if you remove the driver, or if the existing paper thin Armacell seal can be retained and just screwed back in?
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 910
    Never double gasket anything that sees pressure.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,300
    nspindel wrote: »
    Understood. Not questioning whether the seal should compress to be paper thin, I know this is what's supposed to happen. I'm simply asking whether or not it's recommended to replace the seal and start from scratch if you remove the driver, or if the existing paper thin Armacell seal can be retained and just screwed back in?

    Reuse if not torn.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,682
    FestYboy wrote: »
    Never double gasket anything that sees pressure.

    Yep, forgot to remove the oil filter gasket on my old Chevy once and applied the new gasket over it...what a mess!
    Yep, my name really is Bob
  • nspindelnspindel Posts: 5,239
    Ok, reuse it is. Certainly is easier! Thanks folks.
    Good music, a good source, and good power can make SDA's sing. Tubes make them dance.
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