I feel stupid that I need to as for help on this. I've tried searching, but came up empty other than a photo of exactly what I'm talking about.
My winter project is to try and clean up the engine bay to make it worth showing while doing a tune up. I'm trying to get my Y-pipe heat shield off to clean it up nice and maybe paint it. Currently its one of the major eye-sores in the engine bay.
I've got the coil off, and have the front end of the heat shield loose, but it's attached at the rear somehow that I can't see or get my hand in to feel around. I can see that it splits in two pieces at the egr tube, but I haven't done that yet. I was too focused on trying to figure out the rear attachment.
I tried reaching down there with my camera to take some blind photos and ***THINK*** that I see a big nut on a stud way back there. Can anyone help me confirm how this thing attaches at the rear and if possible what size socket I need to be using. I tried reaching what I think I could see with an extension but I couldn't get anything to really grab on anything. After fighting for 30 minutes on this one thing I got so frustrated I had to walk away for fear of doing something stupid.
Currently I have the intake out and the coil off, but that's it in that area. FWIW I did get the trunk side blower ducts, the trunk heat shield and that useless firewall crossover pipe out so my 2 hours on the car wasn't a complete waste.
Here's the photo that I found while searching. In the thread where I found this photo the OP was trying to install the heat shield after doing some repairs and couldn't find support in the area. He circled it asking for help there and there were no further responses.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
[This message has been edited by Ry86GT (edited 12-17-2012).]