HAHAHA SUCCESS!!!!!! The easiest way to take the manifold out is with the fuel rails, turbo inlet, GBOD (green brackets of death), tgvs and part of the wiring harness all together and then take it all apart once its out. In all seriousness, I am never doing this again unless im getting paid to do it with lots of beer.
For someone attempting this, make sure you unplug the wires from the coil packs and the two big engine harness connectors by the battery. As well as a small sensor right by the AC compressor and you cant forget the crank sensor and oil pressure sensor connections underneath the alternator. Easy to miss.
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