It's not easy but I had mine off to install to new short block. Do you have the fuel ins off?
I know it was hard to lift when I changed the o-rings, and when I had the engine out I remember it was easier but still a PITA.
Make sure you tighten all the fuel line clamps under there.
You may want to replace the o-rings at the TVG's too, there are a issue .
208,000miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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