Thats not a bad idea. I didnt have much of an issue getting it around that bracket after I loosened the wire tie on the main harness on the passenger side. With that loose, I could wiggle the plenum to that side and get the bolts away from the brackets on the opposing side.I have a few tips for you- when I did it the first time, the rear bracket by the brake booster cost me about 2 hours. Then I decided I didn't like the new plugs, so I changed them a second time. I decided to use my dremel and make slots in the bracket, and that saved me big time!
All great tips.I don't remember a wire tie over there. There's a big wire loom (overkill) bracket over there, and those plastic zip holders. Please just don't do what I did, cost me BIGGG time- MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU ANCHOR THE DRIVERS SIDE WIRNG HARNESS AWAY FROM THE STEERING KNUCKLE. I forgot to reinstall it and a month later I needed a new PCM, and a TPS, total around $1800 including 2 towing bills and 2 dealers.
Make sure of this right now! Your steering knuckle will rub through your main harness if you don't.
Since I haven't needed to change plugs yet could you do a couple of pictures of exactly where you cut those slots. Might make for a good sticky.Then last week I had to change my oil pressure sensor, below the lower intake. So then I also put slots in the front bracket by the throttle body (save the 5 extra minutes of removal). Much better. Now I can change my plugs in less than a half hour.
At ~118k miles mine were perfectly fine. Still malleable, not cracked and popped right on/off. Probably not to worry about. I did hit them with a bit of dielectric grease for the next timeAll great tips.
What’s your opinion on changing coil packs while in there for plugs.
consensus seems to not worry about them unless cracked/throwing codes.
I'm part way into an oil cooler assembly change, and I just removed the upper intake manifold. I think it took me a little over an hour. I could change plugs in my old Subarus (2.0 and 2.5 flat 4) in about 15 minutes, but I guess there is a learning curve to everything.Nothing compares to Subaru spark plugs change.