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I want a head gasket set and not Chinese junk....
I'm finding them on ebay for $50 for FP diesel and up to over $200
Are there some that are way better than others?
 

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Cummins is a multi national company and sources parts all over the globe. Whether the part is made in the USA or China it gets the same quality control. That gasket with the FP might be Felpro brand. They are a possible US maker. 3804896 is a kit for a 4b/4bt engine. The one gasket in the kit that gets the most attention is the head gasket and yes there has been some junk ones on the market. Like you, I found prices for that kit all over the board and most seem to be aftermarket. Have you checked with an actual Cummins shop to see what their price is? Member CrewCab59 is a Cummins dealer.
 

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I hate to ask a member just to find a price that I don't like and not buy it from them.. One vendor of ours shows it for $199 for a genuine Cummins set on their website.
Here they are for $39.50 It shows 61 sold.... What's that saying?! - you get what you pay for....
FP and Interstate Mcbee have them too for good prices.
I was hoping someone had compared some of these brands...
 

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That very cheap gasket set you're looking at is OZO brand which is owned by AEA Diesel in Hialeah FL.You can be sure that is not a genuine Cummins kit. Whether or not is is equal in quality to an OEM Cummins I can't say. Of course Cummins does not manufacture their gaskets and buys from other companies. I'm sure putting their name on the package causes a huge price markup.
 

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Felpro vs Cummins 12 valve gasket comparison:
The parts l got for my tractor were FP Diesel , Federal -Mogul motor parts apparently made in India ,. My research said high quality. From <agkits.com>
Also if you have a click torque wrench, they are allowed 4% error, mine was off by average of 10%
 

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When I replaced the head gasket on my 12V I got a gen-u-ine Cummins gasket from Cummins Rocky Mountain. Don't recall how much I paid, but I get prices at a shop rate so I didn't have to pay full boat. Anyway, I was very disappointed when I saw the label in the package said "Made In China". Had I known that and not needed it immediately I would have gotten a Fel-Pro or Mahle instead. They might still be made in China (hopefully not - My motto is Made in USA first, anywhere but China second), but at least I wouldn't be lining Cummins' pockets with extra money. I will spare everyone my rant on how much Cummins parts are being made in China these days, but let's just say I wouldn't buy anything with a new Cummins engine in it anymore.

I will acknowledge that the gasket was excellent quality and is holding up fine even with the less than flawless deck surface it has to seal to.
 

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Yes Max, when Cummins puts their name on it the QC is very tight. Years back, I bought a 4bt head assembly. It was stamped USA. The rocker arm assemblies were 3 USA and 1 India. I got a harmonic balancer and it is stamped UK. They produce parts all over the globe.
 

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I don't care if the quality is first rate. I will spare my rant, but the rest of the world shouldn't be sending a dime to China, and if I can find non-Cummins parts that aren't Chinese made, that company will get my money.

Also, don't blindly assume that just because a part or even a whole engine has "Cummins" stamped on it that it is automatically good. The ISF2.8 and 3.8 (aka R2.8 for the former) is an excellent example. Cummins branded, 100% Chinese made, and total garbage. The "53" blocks made by Tupy in Brazil is another example.
 
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