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The gasket is not noticeable at all. Since a new gasket gets crushed when you install the header, it is only about 1/16" thick after you remove the header. Also, they don't just fall out, they get kind of pressed into the side of the head. If you look with a light, you should be able to see a faint line about 1/16" into the head from where the exhaust flange sits. It is hard to see, as carbon builds up around it.
Best way I have found to remove it is get a flat blade screw driver and slide it at a angle down the inside of the exhaust port, it will catch the edge of the gasket and then you can just pry it out.
Nerv, the gasket for sure doesn't melt. How many times have you had the exhaust off? I am guessing you just keep stacking the new gasket on top of the old one everytime you have had the exhaust off. Might want to take a good look next time, as stacking them will eventually lead to issues.
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