Update: Finish this project.
Note: Do not under any circumstances use the grimmspeed gaskets. Once i got everything disassembled, and the orings removed from the upper intake manifold, i thought it would jsut be easier to just the gaskets in and be done...wrong. massive massive intake leak. Not designed for these cars. I had already ordered OEM orings and had them on standby. Sucked though i got to do it all over again.....sucked really bad.
Was not able to fully able to remove the upper intake due to fuel lines and the lack of the tool to remove the lines... So i opted to just lift the upper the inch and install the orings and hopefully it would cure my problem. Worse of advice...Do like i done, and also purchase a throttle body oring, because the throttle body hose was a big problem on my car as well. i had alot of oil residual in that area as well. i did not get a picture due to spacing. After i had to remove the intake a second time my pictures became a little limited to say the least.
I would recommend a good quality set of picks...and by good quality i mean snap on. i had a set, and used a couple of them. Your best bet though before even touching the oring with the pick is to attempt to go straight down with the tab with a set of needle nose. i was able to do 2 out of the 4 like this. the other two i had to fish out. A long set of needle nose pliers will be your friend too, especially the ones that are bent at the end. i will write down the tools that came in real handy if it will help and include pictures. I did not install the turbo inlet tube due to not getting off the upper intake manifold.
I also purchase a new perrin throttle body hose, and that thing wasnt worth a crap. I fixed the stock one and made it work. I fought with the perrin one too much, and invested too much time with nothing to show. so dont waste your money with that.
*Snap on wobble extensions 1/4 drive.
1/4 will remove all of the 10mm upper intake manifold bolts. You will have to use a pry bar to push the wiring harness out of the way just a bit on the rear passenger side.
*Pair of LONG curved needle nosed pliers. You will thank me. It makes sitting the new orings alot easier as well as removing the old ones.
*Good quality picks. Short as well as long. These are a MUST. Do not even start this project unless you get a good quality set of these.
*When you remove the upper coolant reservoir and the lines, you will loose coolant. Be prepared to replace the coolant with OEM coolant.
*Parts cleaner. Clean the area you are working on before hand. I.E.. the upper intake manifold to TGV mating surface. Once you separate the two half's, The dirt/ oil residual can and will go down into the TGV. I cleaned the area before hand. It is also best to have shop rags on stand-by.
Even with the gasket mix-up, i had this done in 4 hours. Not bad doing it twice. Any questions dont hesitate to ask. Im sure i messed it up the first time or cussed it lol.
Car has been running pretty good though. no missfire. No rough morning starts etc..
The culprit / problem. see the oil residue?
Removal process of upper intake / Note the Long needle nose.
Orings removed as well as throttle body.
Oring part number / these are the new revised ones...alot thicker...