Engine Intake Manifold Hardware - For appearance

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As requested from my progress thread. Here's the hardware I used for my Cobra intake install.

I must make note here however that this is for a Cobra intake WITH a 3/8" intake manifold spacer. If you do not have a spacer, or have a thicker spacer, you will need to adjust accordingly. This is also stainless steel

I ordered the hardware from McMaster-Carr https://www.mcmaster.com/

Center Studs - P/N 92997A356 x 2
Outer Studs- P/N 92997A353 x 2
Short 12-point bolts - P/N 96242A641 x 2 (These are ARP stainless bolts)
12-point nuts - P/N 90997A800 x 4 (These are ARP nuts)
SS Washers - P/N 91877A131 1 pack of 25 (optional)

Here are your studs and nuts. For my setup, I trimmed 1/2" off the studs on the long threaded side. Was easy to do. Run a nut up the stud, clamp in vice, and use a hack saw to trim the 1/2" off. Use a file to clean up, and then run the nut down to clean up the threads.

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And here it is installed

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If you wanted consistency, you can swap the two small bolts out for studs. I'd get two more nuts and a 2" to 2 1/4” long stud (P/N 92997A335 )

Edit: 2” stud would work without a spacer. With a 3/8” spacer it’s a tad short. It works, but 2 1/4” would be better.
 
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Mustang5L5

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If you didn't want Stainless steel, you could go with black-oxide steel. here are your part numbers. Disclaimer...I haven't personally tried this setup.

Again, Cobra intake with a 3/8" spacer. You'll need to adjust based on your needs. You also may need to trim the studs slightly.

Center Studs - P/N 90281A107 x 2
Outer Studs- P/N 90281A120 x 2
Short 12-point bolts - P/N 91271A589 pack of 25 (these are NOT ARP)
12-point nuts - P/N 90759A200 x 4 (or 6) (These are ARP nuts)


And if you choose to use all studs instead of bolts, use P/N 91025A591 and grab 2 more nuts.
 
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If anyone tries this for different intake manifold or spacer setups, please post up your results.
 

Mustang5L5

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Is this likely the same for an early Exploder intake?

I think the 4 studs are the same on the explorer. I have an upper next to me actually, and it looks like without a spacer, that 4 of the 7" studs would do it. Might need to trim off maybe 1/4" or so. Short ones look to be the same


EDIT: Of course, the two under the cover won't be seen, so i think you have to use regular bolts here to stay low-profile.
 

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I have a Cobra intake with a 1/2" spacer. I ordered the hardware above and chose to do studs on the short locations. A 2" stud is too short to be used with a 1/2 spacer:

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The other two are too long, but that can easily be fixed. The short studs are 7/32" too short, so a 2 1/4" or 2 1/2" stud would work fine.
 
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That’s a bummer. I did end up buying the 2” stud for the short ends as well so everything matches. I bet they will be too short with a 3/8” spacer but I’ll test fit tomorrow.

trimming the long studs is pretty easy to do.
 

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2” studs on the front were a tad short with 3/8” spacer. 2 1/4” would be better

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