IMSMC the GM shop manual calls for dropping the rear end and loosening the motor mounts to tilt the motor to get at that top trans bolt. I can't remember and I don't have access to it anymore.
Yeah, it also says to remove the LH axle to swing the diff sideways to disconnect the driveshaft. Not necessary, BUT... The FSM for this car is very good compared to others I've encountered. However, some things it says to do are a little silly. Motor mounts are two 15mm nuts. I've removed them to replace the AC compressor, downpipe and a few other things. Takes 5 minutes, half of which is finding the socket.
I don't really suspect a conspiracy here. I'm sure there is a reason the book hours are that high. I just can't figure out what it might be.
Blue-ish 2006 2.4, Werks stage 1 turbo, Borla cat-back, DDM braces, Spec aluminum flywheel, Spec stage 2 clutch, Werks aluminum radiator, some gauges, RKSport hood, Morimoto FX-Rs, GReddy Profec, Norm's fenders
'07 GXP, Werks Big Wheel K04 and tune, Solo catless downpipe, TCE Wilwood 6 piston front brakes, 4-piston rears , stainless brake lines, slotted/drilled rotors, BC Racing BR coilovers, Performance Autowerks intercooler, DDMWorks CAI, charge pipes and braces, RPM rollbar