When i removed my inlet manifold i unclipped the plugs from the injectors. These are under the black thing and are tricky to do, dont lose the clips. I think there is a couple of bolts holding the black plstic bit in place but i cant remember? Then with a bit of force it will pull from the injectors. The problem is it is still connected to the loom at either end of the engine so can't easily be put to one side (i just pulled it as far over the cam cover as i could to gain access to the manifold bolts. Then just undo the bolts and remove the manifold intact with injectors and fuel rail (after removing the feed and return pipes and the earth leads under the fuel rail retaining bolt.). Some of the manifold nuts are very tricky to reach and require some patience. A very thin socket set and extension bar will help. Also remember where the earth wires go.
undo/remove the fixings that hold the fuel rail/injector assembly on - you'll need to move the throttle cable and it's bracket aside as well.
then carefully lever out the whole thing - injectors and all, from the inlet manifold - best way is from both ends at once - don't do it at an angle - the o rings on the injs make a tight seal in the inlet manifold and this can sometimes make it awkward - but it's the best thing for accessing the inlet manifold nuts
So if I get the injector rail off by un-doing the fixings then I should be able to get at the manifold yeah?
Like I said Ive done the rest of it....the inlet area is a sod though....
Oh one thing....how does the tensioner that tensions the alternator / power steering / etc work?
I loosen it off but it still put alot of tension on the belt - though if I tugged at the belt I could see the tensioner moving - I landed up removing the tensioner totally....but putting it back together is what has me worried.....need to replace the belt anyway - which also means removing the off side engine mount?
you can get the manifold off without removing the injector rail i have done it several times. if you want to take the wireing loom off then you have to take the rocker cover off to get the clips off off the injectors. do't understand what you mean about the tensioner? is it a later engine? normally there is one on the pas pump and the alternator one is straight forward.
The tensioner is simple. Put a ring spanner on the bolt and use some kind of metal bar to act as a big lever. I used a trolley jack handle. Then just rotate the tensioner quite far (you will need to position the spanner so that you can turn the bolt as much as poss) and slip the belt off. The belt running through the engine mount makes a simple job much harder than it needs to be. My belt is looking a bit suspect but i can't be bothered changing it.