Base gasket. Dry or drippy install?

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When installing a paper base gasket or intake gaskets you guys like to shove her on dry or give her a lil’ somethin? I don’t like the idea of a dry install unless I KNOW I was the first one in there and the mating surfaces were not nicked or damaged from prior gasket removal.

I usually just cut all of my own gaskets out of the gray stuff from the auto parts store. Clean the cases with carb cleaner and a clean rag, then brush down the gasket with a super light layer of two stroke, then assemble and torque to spec.

Recently read that silicone and paper gaskets don’t usually do too well together (Which I see advocated for a lot) and that it is best to pick one or the other. But some people will use different sealers like copper seal, yamabond, or even engine assembly grease. Which I guess are not silicone based like rtv. What are your thoughts And experiences? I’m mostly curious because I recently matched my A35 cases for a 70kit and I’ve never had this slim of a sealing surface. (I did not take all the sharpie area off in the picture, the surface now is about 2mm at its thinnest.) and I’d rather have it go togeather correct the first time. And save the headaches of tearing off my top end a bunch.

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