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Aftermarket Throttle Body Plate....Any Problems??

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Just wondering if anyone here has installed an aftermarket throttle body plate from a place such as Eckler's, Mid-America, Corvette Central, etc?

The one that I'm referring to is the engraved typed (motor size and hp rating) that comes with new screws and a new gasket also.

Any problems with these? Thanks
 

Ken

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You cannot err when installing that plate. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you want to change it. The throttle body is a piece o' cake to work on - there are no moving parts that you can damage except for the butterflies, just be careful of those if you take the throttle body off the plenum.

You should make a habit of cleaning the throttle plates (butterflies) every so often anyway; even though it is a dry system, the blades still accumulate deposits over a period of time. Regular carburetor cleaner works fine for cleaning them; simply spray the cleaner on a soft rag and gently swab all around the butterflies and the throttle bore.

_ken :w
 
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RubyDropTop

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Thanks Ken -

It looked pretty straight forward, but I didn't want to assume anything when taking stuff apart and replacing with something aftermarket. Good to know that it should be a simple swap. :w
 

Ken

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Ruby, you should do yourself a favor and pick up a service manual for the model year of you car. There are several options from which to choose, Haynes and Chiltons first comes to mind, but usually the GM Service Manual has the best advice.

You should be on the lookout for specialists in their own field as well, people such as Gordon Killebrew or Jerry Watts from the manufacturer's field of expertise. Sometimes they have addition knowledge of the subject at hand than the service manual could provide. They usually learned the tricks from working on the assembly line.

Of course, this only applies if one is performing one's own work on one's car. If one isn't a "hands-on" type of person, then the manuals would be unnecessary. ;)

_ken :w
 

Paul G

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Special cleaners are available for throttle body applications. I would use something that states it is intended for throttle body use. I have heard that regular carb cleaner can remove the protective coating on throttle body plates. May or may not be true. I dont know for sure but to be on the safe side I would get something intended for throttle body's.

Good luck
 
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RubyDropTop

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Paul - Thanks for that tip. That's good to know.

Ken - I actually have all 3 manuals that you mention....Haynes, Chiltons, and the 2 very large service manuals from '93. Thanks.
 

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