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So it's been the better part of 10 hours, and I still haven't gotten my intake manifold off. The bolts underneath are just ridiculous. If I'm having that much trouble getting the bolts off, mounting them back again after I install my new exhaust manifold, what kind of trouble is it going to bring then?

Am I missing something, should it be this hard? I feel like this should have been the easiest part in the whole process. Unless I get some words of wisdom, I'm packing up, it'll probably take me another 10 to put it all back together again :banghead:
 

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They suck, I used about 5 different extensions and a couple swiveling universal joints to get mine out. And I cross threaded the middle-bottom one putting it back in... Go from underneath on the bottom side ones and guide the ratchet for a second person topside to do the turning.
 

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YHSublime said:
So it's been the better part of 10 hours, and I still haven't gotten my intake manifold off. The bolts underneath are just ridiculous. If I'm having that much trouble getting the bolts off, mounting them back again after I install my new exhaust manifold, what kind of trouble is it going to bring then?

Am I missing something, should it be this hard? I feel like this should have been the easiest part in the whole process. Unless I get some words of wisdom, I'm packing up, it'll probably take me another 10 to put it all back together again :banghead:
They require the use of extensions. The first 2 (from front underneath the manifold) you get to from the top.

Easiest way for me is to attach the extention and socket to the bolt, extension will barely stick out from the right side of the intake manifold, and be tight almost resting against the bottom of the manifold. Connect your ratchet and go! You can just barely see the bolt through the cutouts in the intake manifold. But enough to lign it up, plus you can feel when you are on the bolt.

The other 3 require you to get up under and twist your arm in a few different ways. Those are easier with a swivel attached to the socket and extension. I believe they are 14mm and the 6 sided sockets give you a better/easier leverage than the multipoint one. The multi one will dang near strip the bolt because its hard to get exactly flat against it at those angles and it slips.... If that makes sense.
 

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And to avoid ^^^^ cross threading, hand tighten them as much as you can when reinstalling. You will have to wiggle the manifold around a bit with each bolt, but you can hand tighten all of them most of the way.
I always attach the top middle one (the one that holds the two exhaust manifold sections) and the two far outside middle ones first. Then set the intake on the "dowells" and hand tighten all the top bolts, leave 1/8 - 1/4" wiggle room (makes your life easier). Start from the middle. Then do the 2 pain in the butt ones (the first two underneath) then the rest.
 

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Took me 4 hours to get the two bolts from top of the transmission out.
Don't give up, kick its ass.
I headed the warning from a pro and used about 30" of extensions (to get my ratchet in back past the tight spaces) and it took about 10 minutes. I got lucky he told me that trick or I may have been in the same boat.
 

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I headed the warning from a pro and used about 30" of extensions (to get my ratchet in back past the tight spaces) and it took about 10 minutes. I got lucky he told me that trick or I may have been in the same boat.
I had the tranny lowered to where an impact would have made fast work of it. Only problem, the 1/2" impact was busted.
 

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Thanks for the help ya'll. I made a trip to sears and picked up a couple of extensions, definitely seems like the way to go. I've been able to lift the jeep up onto some stands to slide in and out from the bottom... round 2.
 

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So it appears that maybe it wasn't my exhaust manifold, but maybe my intake manifold. I have yet to remove the exhaust, BUT, here's a few pictures of my intake manifold, and the cracks that I was able to see. I could only find one part, but it's my suspicion that this is what was keeping it from setting up with the gasket, causing the shop to think I needed a new exhaust manifold.



whats missing:

These two
 

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I just used a long box wrench to get mine off. I soaked the bolts in pb blaster for a week prior to taking it off though
 

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I just pulled my tranny n t case I used 1/2 drive ratchet n short socket worked great for me the extensions and swivel where a big pain for me in my case
 

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Looking back on it, this wasn't an issue at all. Thanks to everybody that chimed in and walked me through it!
 
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