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Here are the covers:

They're cast aluminum, and very nice pieces. They're also expensive.

The upshot is that they are taller, so rollers have no issues. Nor does the heater hoses and trans dipstick tube. They are also baffled, which is nice and will keep a good amount of oil out of your intake. The alternator does NOT CLEAR. Fear not, though. This is how you get everything to work. Now, I ran some slightly thicker CORK Mr. Gasket valve cover gaskets. You may not have to go as far into the case as I did if you use the rubber FelPro VCG's.

Required:
- Dremel
- Cutting wheel
- 5/16 socket and ratchet
- 10 minutes

First, remove the 4 bolts that hold the alternator case together. Then, looking at the back of the alternator, rotate it 45 degrees clockwise. Run the bolts back in and tighten.

No, it still won't clear, but this step is 100% necessary. It moves the positive battery terminal away from the cover. Without doing this, you won't clear the terminal.

It should be stated that everything from this point on will totally and completely void your warranty.

Time to break out the Dremel. What you are going to cut off is the empty screw-hole and boss in the back of the case. In this image, it is the empty hole on the center/left.

First, mask everything to keep the potmetal dust from getting inside the alternator. Grab your safety glasses, and your Dremel and cut it. I first cut the screw boss directly down the center to the desired depth, and then came in from the side. This was because the cutting wheel is not wide enough to cut all the way through in one swipe.

Cut to a depth that is equal to the cast-in support ridge to the left of the hole. Following the slight factory-cut of the center hub housing, carry this downwards to the correct depth, and then cut inwards through the screw boss. The other cut into the center hub housing is where I tried to fit it without clocking the case. It didn't work. Anyway, once you're done, this is an image of what you should be looking at:


Lastly, you're going to buzz-off the end of a screw that's poking through the case. This dude that the zip tie is pointing at:

Just zip that thing off flush with the case.

When you are done, this is the clearance you're going to have:


Ta-da! Yes, I know my headers are in need of a re-coat.
 

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I agree. They look killer. Here's where things stand as of this morning

 
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