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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:09 pm 
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i have a 2003 bonneville SSEI 3800 series, putting a spectre cold air intake on it in a few days. needing to know when i replace the plugs how do i remove the plastic engine cover? any special things i have to watch for or anything i have to watch out for when removing it, or is it a easy removal?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:32 pm 
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I believe its just the oil cap and stem that twist off, then it just comes off. it just sits there, and most people on here take them off anyway (some paint them or use them as a garage decoration) to remove heat soak, especially with S/C engines.

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For the blown cars, remove the oil filler neck and cap and there's a nut on top. Then just pop it off.

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nos4blood70 is correct. Remove the nut on the top of the cover, remove the oil filler neck (cap can just come with it), then lift up the front edge of the cover and push it slightly back. The cover kinda hooks in back.

drift7one is also correct in leaving the cover off. I personally don't like it. The biggest reason for leaving it off is heat soak. There's actually insulation/padding on the underside of it.

Plugs are a piece of cake. I just did mine. Took me between 1.5 and 2 hours, but I was taking my time and not rushing. Remember to keep the metal heat shields.

I used factory part numbers.
AC Delco 41-101 plugs
AC Delco 746EE wires

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:53 am 
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I have also purchased a Spectre* cold air intake to put on sometime soon. i heard with supercharged motors with a cold air intake can "damage or blow" my transmission due to too much horsepower? i have talked with countless mechanics and they haven't heard of anything like that happening to the transmission. Any one heard of this issue? or could it be the people don't know what they're talking about lol

its going on a 03 Bonneville SuperCharged V6 3800 Series. everything stock (so far).


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:04 pm 
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you will be fine adding an intake.. i would allways recommend a trans fluid/filter service (not flush) if it has not been done recently. would be a good time to add a trans cooler as well. the trans on these cars go bad from lack of maintence and being abused. My trans is stock original (no rebuilt GM tag) and 157,000 Miles strong. my Turbo Monte made it 135,000 on its original 4T60-e (bought car at 36K and drove aggressive every day) before it failed... 331HP 355Tq to the wheels for years and it finally went (turboed at 90K)

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No, but I wouldn't do a Spectre Intake. I don't think they make one that's a direct fit for the Bonne, and you want something that's sealed off of engine bay heat, either locating the filter outside the engine compartment, ala Intense-Racing Fenderwell Intake (FWI), or sealing the filter to an outside source of cool air. Still not convinced Spectre's filters are as good of quality as K&N's.

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