Me, with the
My throttle body spacer finally came in the mail so I was eager to get it installed yesterday. I was initially all like
What should've been a 30 minute job took a little over an hour!
Well, I started by removing the tube between the throttle body and air filter housing. Then I got a little surprise as I wasn't expecting one of the hoses going to the throttle body to have antifreeze in it.
There are two threaded studs with flanged nuts fastening the top of the throttle body and 2 bolts on the bottom. All of which I was able to remove fairly easily.
*However* and for some reason, the threaded hole for the stud on the radiator-side, would not allow the new bolt to thread itself into the hole. The stud I just removed went in fine. New bolt, not so much. The new bolt fit the other three holes without a problem. I put some anti-seize on the stud, screwed it in, removed it, but that bolt did NOT want to go in the hole.
So at the risk of cross-threading a new bolt in that one hole (NONE of the bolts would go in it), I decided to just put everything back together and try again another time. I put the stud back in but then the other stud did NOT want to go into its hole!
Now, I actually started to feel queasy because if this stupid hole DID become cross-threaded, *I* would be screwed since I didn't have a tap and die kit and, *AND* my wife would chew me the hell out. I was on the verge of panicking but found a spring tool I had to scrape the threads a little bit to help clear them of anything which may have been misguiding the thread alignment. After some muted cursing, I was able to get the other stud in but now I definitely don't want to take it out again!
Luckily, I was able to get it sorted out and everything put back together. Only now, I'm stuck with this throttle body spacer that I'm wary of trying to reinstall.
If anyone has some good advice on taking one more stab at installing it, I'd welcome your feedback.
Otherwise, I have a "used" P2R Throttle Body Spacer (red) and 2 gaskets which I would sell to a good home
I'm just annoyed because this should've been a quick install but there are these things which come up, I guess. Especially when steel and aluminum parts are matched together.
Anyway, I'm not too disheartened because I have an ATLP J-pipe in my near future which I'm confident will be accomplished with glee ^_^