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A guide for the easier way to do get to get to the vacuum actuator to install the vacuum lines.
Materials needed (you can use different colored lines, these are just suggestions)(I got the colors and great quality hoses from ebay.com):
2 ft - 5mm black silicone high temp vacuum line
2 ft - 5mm green silicone high temp vacuum line
2 ft - 5mm blue silicone high temp vacuum line
2 ft - 3mm red silicone high temp vacuum line
Reuse the vacuum line splitter and anti-chafe tubing
- long reach needle nose pliers
- jack stand
- Jack the passenger side up at the "frame" just behind the engine to lift the tire off the ground and place a jack stand under the car for safety. Set the brake, chock the rear tires. The reason you jack it up is to make it easier to work under the car and to drop the tie rod down so you can get your arm in there.
- Assemble your vacuum lines using the anti chafe material provided or replace with new material, remember it gets really hot here so if you are replacing it use something heat resistant.
- Lower the assembled hoses behind the engine roughly into place.
- Install the blue line (#3) first, this is the most difficult and you are probably not going to do it if you have large arms and fingers. The location is under the black (#0) vacuum line, you cannot see it you have to feel for it, you will feel one of the mounting bolts move your hand around until you feel the vacuum port. Grab the hose between two fingers like holding a cigarette and push it on, it is not an easy job and it can be frustrating but it is doable.
- Using long reach needle nose pliers put the other hoses on starting at the 3mm hose
- Once the lower hoses are on, connect them to the appropriate locations on the VSVs according to the diagram
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