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Old 08-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

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Installing a TrailBlazer SS Engine Cover on your 5.3L V8

Project Description
This how to describes and the parts and labor needed to install a TBSS engine on your 5.3L V8 Colorado/Canyon.

Skill Level
Easy

Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2009
Engine: 5.3L V8
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: Yes

Tools Needed
  • 10mm wrench
  • 10mm socket
  • Rachet



Project Time
1 hour or less


Project Cost
$85 using used parts. $180, if you get everything new from your GM dealer.

Parts List


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001- $1.76
002- $24.79
003- $92.06
004- $1.43
005- $12.75
006- $4.73
007- $7.36 (you need two, so $14.72)
008- (included with 009)
009- $7.99
010- $ 3.51 (you need two, so $7.02)
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Total: $176.49

Shop around, I was able to pick up a fairly nice used TBSS engine cover for $55 shipped from a guy on the TBSSowners.com forum and it already had most of the pieces I needed. The additonal mounting hardware I picked up from my local chevy dealer for about $25.

Installing the TBSS engine cover
This is a complete bolt on. NO modifications to the engine cover were needed to make it fit. You may choose to trim the cover in some places, but that's strictly cosmetic and entirely up to you.

All of the mounting locations are already in the stock 5.3L intake manifold.


I started by installing the BRACKET with the two 10mm bolts.


Next, I installed the STUD with a 10mm wrench.


The engine cover then slips into the BRACKET and is secured on top with the wingnut BOLT.


I used some Silly Putty to check the hood clearence. As you can see by the pictures, it's a close fit, and there's going to be some rubbing.


A few shots of the completed project.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Nice job man. Thanks for the how to.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Another Fantastic Mod Rich
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

holy shit that looks nice and cleans up the engine bay soo well.

so when is someone gunna paint one to install?
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

I think that I may color match the silver strips on the cover. I gotta drive some an see how much rubbing is going on.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Good deal Rich!

I wonder how the Camaro SS cover would fit/look
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Nice How To as usual
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Good deal Rich!

I wonder how the Camaro SS cover would fit/look
Install that V8 that you have sitting in the garage, then let us know.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

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Good deal Rich!

I wonder how the Camaro SS cover would fit/look
Didn't LS1Blazer do that?

2010 ss engine!



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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Now Rich, just need to get it tuned, CAI, and some SS badges for the doors.
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Didn't LS1Blazer do that?

2010 ss engine!



thats with a different top of the enging(intake plenum?)....but that picture does show that my plans from the show may be possible....with an efan....
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Eggzachary.

Check out ls1-tech.com for front accessory packages. Some of those come up for sale from time to time. Would look bitchin under the hood of your truck man.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

cool! How did I miss this! Anyone know the interchangeability of truck intakes this will fit? I have a 07 GMC 4.8L out of a van three bolt throttle body, cathedral port intake, will this fit it?
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how do you check the power steering fluid?
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Pop out the thumbscrew in the middle and it tilts up, so it appears.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Correct. The cover is easily removed for service.
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

Yeah I was not even thinking when I posted the question about the Camaro cover. The truck intake manifold sits way to high
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

anyone know the interchange ability with a different intake and the TBSS cover? I have a engine out of a 07 4.8L van! I wonder how close the CP mounts are to putting the engine in the same spot as the factory V8s I really like this cover!
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Re: How To: Installing a TBSS engine cover on your 5.3L Colorado

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