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Old 07-27-2015, 09:34 AM
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Intake Manifold Time Saver

The next time you remove your intake manifold and cuss the Allen cap screws on the backside that are such a pain in the backside to access; I have a suggestion. You can't access them with ball-ends or wobble jointed or any other fancy hex drivers and there's no room for standard hex bolts.

I spent about ten minutes with Dr. Emel modifying the bolts and it was probably the most satisfying little mod I've done in a while. Now, they can be run up with a 3/8" open end, saving several minutes of bad words while trying do them with a shortened Allen. Of course, you can still use the Allen for the final cinch down.

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I once again stand open mouthed in amazement at your ingenuity.
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Brilliant idea Ricky!
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I don't know, that looks more like 9mm to me

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Wondering if you could use some of those 12 point dress up bolts. Would make getting that little wrench in there much easier.
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Being able to use an open end wrench is better in this spot


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I would have just continued to cuss...and turn them out an 1/8 of a turn at a time.
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I have a small wratching box wrench that a sawed off hex bit slips inside. Tedious yes, but better than open end wrench. This wrench stays in the bike tool bag.
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Intake Manifold Time Saver

The MoCo actually sells a similar tool in the Pro Race SE catalog that has the hex bit as part of the box ratchet, but even it has a ball end because there's not enough room.
If you were to try the open end, I think you'd prefer it.


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I just looked at the pictures again.


That is one crusty looking open end wrench!


I have a old chrome vanadium one that I've owned over 45 years, that isn't as salty looking...
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