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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-24-2006 Thread Starter
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Is it difficult to install a plenum cover?

I was going to purchase a plenum cover from Midwest Auto Gear after seeing recent threads on them. I was wondering on a scale of 1-10 how difficult (10 being the hardest) is it to install one? My mechanical knowledge is limited and I dont really want to pay a shop to have it installed. Do you have to remove the throttle body and/or replace any gaskets associated with the throttle body or not.
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I don't know about the ones from Midwest, mine came from Ford. It was a piece of cake, a definate 1.

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Buy the one from Ford. It's half the price. There is a thread on here with the part numbers. Even with the removal and replacement of my strut brace the whole job took under 10 minutes.
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I'd rate it barely a 1, which is about how many minutes it took to install. I took more time finding my wrench than to install it. It comes with instructions which are easy to follow. If you can follw the "rinse, lather, repeat" instructions on a bottle of shampoo, you can install the cover. There's nothing major to remove. Personally, I like the Midwest cover better than the Ford cover. I actually forked over the extra dough for a custom painted cover for something really unique.

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Buy the one from Ford. It's half the price. There is a thread on here with the part numbers. Even with the removal and replacement of my strut brace the whole job took under 10 minutes.
+1, and its a 1/3 of the MAG cover.

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Man, just look at it this way, I may quite possibly be the most non-mechanically inclined, person on this site and I was able to install it myself in about 15 minutes. So if I can do it, any one can.
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Once again, thanks to all have helped. Im ordering today and hopefully will have some pics posted late next week.
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Once again, thanks to all have helped. Im ordering today and hopefully will have some pics posted late next week.
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So which one are you going with? Definately post pics after install. I want to clean up my engine as well but I'm saving for go-fast goodies.

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Here's mine

The cover took 30 minutes to complete. 25 to find the right socket and 5 to install.
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Just called MidWest (very nice people) Plenum cover will be delivered on Wed. or Thurs. of this week. I'll have pics posted by the end of the week.
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So which one are you going with? Definately post pics after install. I want to clean up my engine as well but I'm saving for go-fast goodies.

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A lot easier to install than the replacing of my valve covers!

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How does it look?

Well, here it is. Installed plenum cover today. I think it looks pretty nice. Thanks to everyone who helped with advice.
PS- Midwest Auto delivered on the day they promised. Great people to work with.
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Well, here it is. Installed plenum cover today. I think it looks pretty nice. Thanks to everyone who helped with advice.
PS- Midwest Auto delivered on the day they promised. Great people to work with.
Damn fine artwork...looks very sharp. Yes, I went with Midwest aswell, only becasue Ford had not offered theirs at the time I bought mine. Plus I wanted to continue with the red/black theme. Now I am thinking I should have added a checkered flag with the red and black.....things that make you go hhhhmmmmmmm...

Is your strut tower brace completely clearing your new cover? I would hate to see it rub off that cool art work.
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Damn fine artwork...looks very sharp. Yes, I went with Midwest aswell, only becasue Ford had not offered theirs at the time I bought mine. Plus I wanted to continue with the red/black theme. Now I am thinking I should have added a checkered flag with the red and black.....things that make you go hhhhmmmmmmm...

Is your strut tower brace completely clearing your new cover? I would hate to see it rub off that cool art work.

Hello Again mrvandermey...
Yes it does clear the tower brace...barely.
I can fit a piece of paper between the tower brace and the plenum cover. And you were right, it took me about 15 minutes to find a 8mm deep socket and 10 minutes to install. And that includes removing and re-installing the tower brace.
BTW- you have 999 posts. Where will the 1000th be...........

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