I had to change the plugs on my 3800 II a while back, and I didn't think removing the strut tower brace was opitional. I just figured it was a must.
It is only a couple more minutes of work. It is easier than trying to work around it.
Is it even possible to work around that thing when doing back plugs?
And yep, sometimes you have to piece your ratchet/socket/extentions into place.
It is more a pain in the *** than complicated. You have to trace the wires to "braille" out where the plugs are, they are not really possible to see. And be REAL careful screwing the new ones in, don't force them with the ratchet until they hit bottom and ready for torquing.
HERE is something extra for who sees this -
The stupid heat shield for the spark plug wires, do those really need to be on there?
I didn't put them back on yet, and have been too lazy to do such.
Only the back ones had the heat shields.