ok i wanted to get my valve covers powdercoated and wanted to know how to get those bad boys off. do i just remove all the bolts i see and pull it off? also any precautions that i need to take would be appreciated
Damm, I forgot to order the spark plug gaskets. Got a Part number for them?Originally posted by: wadespencer99
You'll need to remove the intake, TB, and UIM, of course. I can't remember if the LIM has to come as well, but it may. Good time to take it out and clean it all up anyway.
The front valve cover is pretty straightforward and easy. I did it last though, so I wasn't leaning over the head while I was working the rear.
On the very back side of the engine there is a wiring harness that runs across the back of the rear valve cover. This harness has plastic clips that are snapped onto the studs that hold the valve cover on. You'll have to unsnap that off those studs and try and pull it back and out of the way as much as possible. Holding the valve cover on will be a mix of bolts and studs with nuts on them. Keep track of what you are taking out from where! There are probably about 12 bolts holding each cover on. The backside is the worst to get to, and that harness is IN THE WAY, but it probably only took about 15 minutes to get it off. The front will take you 5.
You'll also need new gaskets. When I bought mine, the ones for the spark plug access were separate, so make sure you get everything.