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Old 02-11-2019, 10:41 AM
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I was really interested in the new Holley 2-Piece valve covers after one of our forum members ("hmmmm16417") stated that he was going to purchase a set of these.

The lower section of the valve covers obviously function like normal valve covers and isolate the oil from the top of the heads, but the upper section of the valve covers hide the coil packs and associated wiring.

These covers come in various colors. Here is a link to the uncolored aluminum finish
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/hly-241-170

They are pricey at $450 per set, but they would sure clean up the engine for anyone that is considering removing there OEM fuel rail covers.

In my case, since I have a top-mounted blower on my GS, I can't use the OEM fuel rail covers anymore, so these new 2-piece valve covers would really be just the ticket for me.


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Here is a photo that the forum member posted awhile back, with these new valve covers installed on his engine:






Here is my engine now with just the standard Holley "Tall" aluminum valve covers installed .... Not bad, but I think it would look better if the coil packs were hidden:




What do ya all think ?
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I love the look...Would be better if we had choice of marking...
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.... Would be better if we had choice of marking
Very true ...
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Those are nice.
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Look into this conversion. Cost a little more, but I think itís better because you can pick whichever style SBC valve cover you like versus being stuck with the Holley design.

http://www.billetspecialties.com/ls-...nversion-kit-/
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Just an FYI, they are NOT a simple bolt on valve cover. the driver side was a PITA!
1. the valve cover hits the alternator, so you have to extend the top bracket of the alternator to get it to fit. You also have to grind out some of the bottom alternator bracket.
2. I had to cut the bottom of the cover so it would go on since there is no room to feed the angled coils out of the holes (see blue lines on pic below) - passenger side wasn't bad at all - no mods needed
3. if you want to maintain the safety brackets that prevent rails from popping up in the event of an accident, you have to modify them to fit around the cover (PITA)
4. There is no oil fill cap on the outside, so you have to pull the coil cover to fill the oil....and they are on the firewall side
5. as I was installing them, the red paint was starting to flake off where the lines and "holley" is machined. not real noticeable unless you're looking for it, but for the price I was not Happy one bit. Unfortunately, I had already modified them before I noticed.

Edit: I'm not sure your fuel rails would clear, it would be close.


They don't look bad, and I'm debating if relocating the coils would have been easier...... not sure. It's definitely a unique look and I can guarantee no one else in my area has them. hahahaha


I'm still working on the final version of my alternator bracket. Luckily I have the chrome shield cover that hides the modified bracket.

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Originally Posted by hmmmm16417 View Post
Just an FYI, they are NOT a simple bolt on valve cover. the driver side was a PITA!
1. the valve cover hits the alternator, so you have to extend the top bracket of the alternator to get it to fit. You also have to grind out some of the bottom alternator bracket.
2. I had to cut the bottom of the cover so it would go on since there is no room to feed the angled coils out of the holes (see blue lines on pic below) - passenger side wasn't bad at all - no mods needed
3. if you want to maintain the safety brackets that prevent rails from popping up in the event of an accident, you have to modify them to fit around the cover (PITA)
4. There is no oil fill cap on the outside, so you have to pull the coil cover to fill the oil....and they are on the firewall side
5. as I was installing them, the red paint was starting to flake off where the lines and "holley" is machined. not real noticeable unless you're looking for it, but for the price I was not Happy one bit. Unfortunately, I had already modified them before I noticed.

Edit: I'm not sure your fuel rails would clear, it would be close.


They don't look bad, and I'm debating if relocating the coils would have been easier...... not sure. It's definitely a unique look and I can guarantee no one else in my area has them. hahahaha


I'm still working on the final version of my alternator bracket. Luckily I have the chrome shield cover that hides the modified bracket.

Hero update...thanks!
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Originally Posted by ttx350z View Post
Look into this conversion. Cost a little more, but I think itís better because you can pick whichever style SBC valve cover you like versus being stuck with the Holley design.

http://www.billetspecialties.com/ls-...nversion-kit-/



Those are very interesting...wonder how the coils hold up trapped like that.
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Originally Posted by hawkgfr View Post
Hero update...thanks!
No problem! That's what we're all here for, to help and learn.
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i too wonder how the heat is going to affect the coils.
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i too wonder how the heat is going to affect the coils.
I'll let you know if I have any issues
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Don’t hide the coils...
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Originally Posted by grady View Post
Donít hide the coils...
the supercharger distracts your eyes from the coils hahahaha
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Originally Posted by ttx350z View Post
Look into this conversion. Cost a little more, but I think itís better because you can pick whichever style SBC valve cover you like versus being stuck with the Holley design.

http://www.billetspecialties.com/ls-...nversion-kit-/
This would probably be an easier option even though it's a bit more expensive
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Well, I am very disappointed in that the Holley 2-piece valve covers need to be cut up like that to make them work. Not to mention the fact that the alternator bracket also needs to be modified.

For the price of these Holley valve covers, you would think that Holley would manufacture them so they would not need all the additional fabrication.

Jeeeze ... Don't these companies even try these parts out on various cars before selling them to the public?

Well, I will pass on these valve covers!

A big thumbs-up to "hmmmm16417" for posting a very good review of the problems he encountered

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Originally Posted by Turbo6TA View Post
Well, I am very disappointed in that the Holley 2-piece valve covers need to be cut up like that to make them work. Not to mention the fact that the alternator bracket also needs to be modified.

For the price of these Holley valve covers, you would think that Holley would manufacture them so they would not need all the additional fabrication.

Jeeeze ... Don't these companies even try these parts out on various cars before selling them to the public?

Well, I will pass on these valve covers!

A big thumbs-up to the OP for posting a very good review of the problems he encountered
I had the same thoughts. Maybe since they are "vintage" style, they assume they will be used on OLD cars with LS swaps and they have TONS of extra room ? Either way, they should AT LEAST put something that it may not fit some newer vehicles

I'm probably going to send an email to let them know
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Originally Posted by hawkgfr View Post
Those are very interesting...wonder how the coils hold up trapped like that.
i dont think it would be to drastically different from the OEM setup being hidden under the FRC.
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Originally Posted by Turbo6TA View Post
Well, I am very disappointed in that the Holley 2-piece valve covers need to be cut up like that to make them work. Not to mention the fact that the alternator bracket also needs to be modified.

For the price of these Holley valve covers, you would think that Holley would manufacture them so they would not need all the additional fabrication.

Jeeeze ... Don't these companies even try these parts out on various cars before selling them to the public?

Well, I will pass on these valve covers!

A big thumbs-up to "hmmmm16417" for posting a very good review of the problems he encountered

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LS motors are used in a LOT of different applications. These are LS valve covers, not corvette valve covers. They are going to fit some great, and others need modification or just won't work. Nothing to get pissy with Holley about. I'm sure they know exactly what they are doing, and selling retro style (imo ugly as sin) valve covers to modern corvette owners probably isn't high on their list, when they have tons of other valve cover options that fit a vette just fine.

Coils don't like heat, so for that reason alone I would skip these as it can't be good cooking the coils like that.
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