Originally Posted by lash
Did you do anything special to get at that rear mani?
Interesting you ask this. Yes..I did do something special. I learned from experience. Last summer I did the rear valve cover and it was a PITA because I was unfamiliar with how to get at the bolts that held on the engine hoist bracket. Then a little while back, VPTruman came over and we did his valve cover gaskets....and I learned something new.
To remove the bolts for the bracket that holds the connector for the O2 sensor and fuel line clip, stand on the driver side and lean in...it'll be a snap. Then the engine hoist bracket while looking far away..is also easy from that same angle....simply lean a little further.
Take the plugs out for safety, flop the wires etc out of the way. Then I've found my universal sockets come in handy with the EGR to manifold pipe. there isn't a good straight shot with the manifold and the trans dipstick is in the way as well. Actual sockets that have the universal as part of them. Gets that L27 throttle body bolt and EGR to manifold bolt easliy. (Right tool for the right job).
The downpipe to manifold bolts were the only ones that worried me. It'* a tough access area except from above. I tried and was going to round the bolts with ratchets and regular wrenches. Picked up a set of craftsman wrenches with 6 point box end. (aka the end looks exactly like the head of the bolt, no extra points). Fought a little.and won.
I've got too many sets of wrenches now....but each set has a specific purpose and quality when you need it.