Don't fight it. Just pull the heatshield. Put the nuts back as each piece comes off so you don't mix them up. I've done 3 L27'*, and pulling the heatshield is the best route to take.
Originally Posted by vital49
When I had my 93 and I used to clean the throttle body all I used to remove it is a box end wrench to get at those two lower bolts.
I never had to remove the heat shield as it never seemed to interfere. I have heard others say there is interferance but I never experienced. Get creative! Don't pull that heat shield unless you absolutely have to.
A previous owner may have put it together differently. The throttle cable bracket is behind the heatshield. NORMALLY.