Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?
I also do studs for most everything, including oil pans, valve covers, but, I do it a bit differently than expensive studs. I use Allen set screws, they are available just about everywhere, hardware stores, mcmaster.com, and, they work, not expensive, and, they have an Allen socket to insert and remove them. Simple nuts work, along with flat and lock washers if desired.
In working on all sorts of motorcycles as well, I changed my view of gasket sealer preparations. The cases of most motorcycles do not use paper, nor rubber gaskets, they use a sealer compound that sets soft, and is easily removed. It also works excellent with gaskets as well. in fact, it works so well, it is the compound used on intake manifold gaskets around water jackets, a bead of sealer, wither blue, gray, whatever. This stuff is made by the company that makes it for all the motorcycle manufacturers, Three-Bond, and the number is 1194, or whatever they call it now. Cleans off with acetone, or lacquer thinner, easily worked with, a little on a gasket goes a long, long way.
It also works on metal to metal, plastics to metals, and other situations where a good self sealing compound is needed. It is NOT workable for sealing beads on the front and rear areas of intake manifolds to eliminate the rubber end seals, nor for exhaust system heat levels.