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Old 07-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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Upper intake Removal/VAP Auto installation

As a few of you sixxers may know I removed my Upper intake yesterday, in hopes of cleaning it and painting it black. This was especially helpful since my Stang was built in 2000, before they fixed the valve cover issue that allowed oil into our intake and engine, which is clearly seen in a few of my photos.

Tools:
8mm socket
10mm socket(or 12/13mm depending on bolt size)
Vise Grips
High temp engine enamel
Seafoam Deep Creep
Razor blade

Note: All pictures go in order of step being done
Example 1,2,
3,4,

First things first, just to be safe, unplug the battery.

1: Remove the hose running from the air intake to the valve cover, you can leave it attached to the valve cover til we plug it back in.

2,3,4: Locate the line running from the Upper intake to the valve cover on the drivers side and detach it from the upper intake and valve cover, seen in picture 2 as the line with the glass filter attached (installed on my 2000 stang to prevent oil from getting in the intake)

5,6: Locate the two cables running to the throttle body, and detach them by using light pressure to remove them. Then use an 8mm socket to remove the bolts holding the bracket for said cables from the upper intake.

7,8: Locate the cable running to the throttle position sensor and detach it using light force by pushing in the clip on the back of it.

9,10: Locate the line that runs from the back of the upper intake to the emission controls up front and disconnect it from the intake.

11: Locate the hose directly under where the upper intake and and throttle body meet and disconnect it. For future reference this line runs from here, down near where the AC lines are.

12,13: Locate the Idle Air Control valve and and unplug the line running to it using the same method as the one from the throttle body.

14,15: Locate the bracket connected to the front of the upper intake and use a 10mm socket to remove it.

16,17: Locate the line running from the brake booster to the upper intake and use a vise grip to loosen the clamp and remove it. May require force.

18,19: Loosen the 4 bolts holding the coil pack to the intake and remove it, the lower right bolt has a ground on it, so dont forget to re attach it when installing everything.

20: Find the two lines connected to the front right part of the intake and set them aside, if you think youll forget which goes where, it never hurts to label them.

21: And this is what it should look like after everything has been undone, now all thats left is to remove the intake itself and clean it!

22:After removing the intake, youll see a gasket still on top of the lower intake, mine was still relatively new, so i decided to keep it, if this is your first time removing it, i would definitely recommend picking one up from your local auto parts store.

23: I used seafoam deep creep to clean the inside of the intake while i had it off, some of you i know prefer other products, so feel free to use what you like. I also used a razor to lightly scrape off remnants of previous gaskets and oil.

24: installing the VAP Auto intake spacer is as easy as laying a gasket on the lower intake, laying the spacer on that, and putting a gasket on top of that. If youre gonna get the spacer, order the installation kit he sells too, makes the install much smoother.

When you finish laying this down, cleaning/painting your intake, and whatever else you feel like doing lay the intake back on, lightly tightening the bolts one at a time in a criss cross pattern (farthest back left bolt, to front right bolt, etc) until theyre all in, at this point there is a guide to in which order these should be tightened, and to what torque, but everytime ive done this i just use the Good-en-tight method, and have never had any issues.

25: follow the pictures again when reinstalling everything and youre golden! this is what my finished product looks like.

Helpful hints

Always use an anti seize compound on your bolts to make things easier if you need to do this again.

If painting, dont forget to cover all holes and electrical contacts before spraying, and allow time to dry between each coat to prevent bubbling.

And if you need any help, feel free to message me, ill be glad to help!
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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Great write up and how did everything go
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Re: Upper intake Removal/VAP Auto installation



Ill let you guys be the judge of that
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Looks good but i would gone with a more noticed paint color. Also change the rims
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Looks good but i would gone with a more noticed paint color. Also change the rims
Im not sure if im gonna keep it red or not so i wasnt gonna paint it a color that clashed with the car itself. And as for the rims, theyll be done in time
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:26 PM   #6
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Did you feel a difference and what other mods do you have?. I just never seen them rims before but I don't like stock rims too much I like my 17 inch saleen rims
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Did you feel a difference and what other mods do you have?. I just never seen them rims before but I don't like stock rims too much I like my 17 inch saleen rims
In conjuction with my CAI and tune is when i really felt a notable difference. The throttle responds better and the car definetly pulls harder.

My mods are a k&n Cai, the spacer, 93 bama race tune, and some basic tune up stuff like NGK iridium spark plugs, MSD super conductor wires, and screamin demon coil pack. The rims are split spoke gt wheels from the previous sn95 mustang, with nitto nt555s on them
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #8
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Nice, lca and some gears with a Tlock should make it a fun car. Cheap mod is a rear sway bar
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Nice, lca and some gears with a Tlock should make it a fun car. Cheap mod is a rear sway bar
lca?
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #10
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #11
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Why lower control arms? And nice black intake may have to steal that black look... And another question, does the spacer provide same or more hp gain than the windstar intake?
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:21 PM   #12
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Lca help with launch and better handling on turns. A intake spaced is half the gain of a Windstar intake also is only in the low rpms.
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Another question, could I bypass Pcv with breathers at the valve covers? And block the parts from the intake on both sides?
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:30 PM   #14
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I see people do it. So the oil doesn't get burned or something but I would say leave it alone for now. When you rebuild the engine go for it
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I already did it. And I was wondering if it was harmful. I am constantly changing my mind y'all know that about the motor rebuild. And could the breather mod I did cause the motor to heat up more? I was wondering I did this mod a year ago and still is good, and does heat enter or extract from the breathers on the valve covers? Could it be linked to a weeping water pump?
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Shouldn't cause problems I think if i remember right It's there as a safety measure. Also remember a lot of times little annoying things are in the motor.for emissions
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Shouldn't cause problems I think if i remember right It's there as a safety measure. Also remember a lot of times little annoying things are in the motor.for emissions
That's why I take the emission things out! Lmao...

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Doesn't emission things cause more harm to the motor?
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Nope they tend to burn the gas better and cleaner exhaust fumes. A car that has stuff delated mpg will drop
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I already did it. And I was wondering if it was harmful. I am constantly changing my mind y'all know that about the motor rebuild. And could the breather mod I did cause the motor to heat up more? I was wondering I did this mod a year ago and still is good, and does heat enter or extract from the breathers on the valve covers? Could it be linked to a weeping water pump?
-_- pcv bypass =/= leaking water pump, that "weeping" is a warning sign that the water pump is going out, replace it...

I've had my pcv bypassed for about 2 years no problems just have to junk the breathers eventually because they get clogged. No it won't cause the motor to heat up more, the breathers are basically one way as the motor functions because the internal crankcase pressure pushes air out of the breathers.
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-_- pcv bypass =/= leaking water pump, that "weeping" is a warning sign that the water pump is going out, replace it...

I've had my pcv bypassed for about 2 years no problems just have to junk the breathers eventually because they get clogged. No it won't cause the motor to heat up more, the breathers are basically one way as the motor functions because the internal crankcase pressure pushes air out of the breathers.
I thought so just making sure
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True, the intake spacer lengthens all the runner, giving more power down low, where as the windstar itself lengthens the longs and shortens the shorts, giving power all across the rpm range
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Did u feel it after u installed it
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I have a spaced on mine I like it you feel alittle power remember It's not a lot but It's also cheap and easy
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