if you remove the flaps you will need to leave actuator in place
Yes quite...however, it can be left in situ with the arm disconnected from the "master" flap - this way the arm continues to move, as the ECU tells it to, but it isn't actually doing anything because it isn't attached to anything - indeed, there would be nothing to which to attach it once the mani is blanked.
Introduction of ally manis - these are fitted to ALL "early" JTDs/JTDms. The plastic manis are fitted to later model cars, including clovers and 159s etc.
My understanding is that up to 55 plate GTs did NOT have the flaps fitted - they benefited from the CF3 (no flaps) mani and the CF4 engine. My understanding is that 06 GT had CF4 engine and CF4 (with flaps) mani. At some point thereafter, the pastic mani was introduced to increase the prospects for massive engine failure (thanks alfa).
I do not think there is a way of getting an ally mani off an earlier model (55 plate, for example, without flaps) to a later model car (06 plate, for example, with flaps) because there is a bracket onto which the flap actuator switch would be mounted and the earlier mani simply doesn't have it. That would be the cleanest way - fit an earlier mani without flaps and mount the switch to it, albeit disconnected mechanically but connected electronically so as not to throw a fault/limp mode.
Damien, how was the deflap done on yours? replacement mani? is there a way to deflap the plastic mani? is the actuator switch still connected electrically but not mechanically?