Explorer Intake With Tall Valve Covers Question

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  1. BKM48198

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    Without adding in a spacer is there a way to fit tall valve covers under an Explorer intake? I know I can take out one fitting and put a pipe plug in it but on the back of the intake there is a vac tube that sticks down, can it be removed and plugged and will the tall valve covers clear then? I don't want to remove it and find out it still won't fit, I'm hoping someone else has already tried and can give me some advice, Thanks.
     
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    Even if you relocate the vacuum fittings I don't think you will have enough room. The plenum dips real close to the factory covers. I don't see taller ones making the cut.
     
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    The other issue is the throttle body side. The throttle body linkage and ball drop pretty low and will interfere with tall valve covers.
     
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    I haven't taken the TB off the car yet and wasn't even thinking about that side having clearance issues, I might have to just keep my old stock covers for now.
     
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    You'll need at least a 3/8" spacer.
     
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    Will a 3/8 spacer give me enough clearance and still fit under a stock hood? Any other modifications needed to the intake for clearance?
     
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    I know a 3/8" spacer works with a Cobra intake under the stock hood.

    Not sure about the exploder intake though
     
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    That's great info for me thnx:nice:
     
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    Thanks, I'll cut a piece of wood that is 3/8in. and see if that gives enough room for the valve covers, I would really like to use the polished valve covers if possible. I might try a 1/2 in wood spacer too. I have the motor just about ready to go, should be able to get it all together tomorrow if the weather cooperates. I wanted to work on it today but had to pull the bed off my Ranger to install a new fuel pump, not the vehicle I want to be spending money on now.
     

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