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Old 07-14-2014, 02:13 AM   #1
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Throttle cable wearing a hole in your valve cover?

So this is something that has bothered me for a while, i started by putting some Gorilla tape on my valve cover just under the throttle and cruise cables but that quickly wore through and quite honestly looked like crap. On to google searching I went and I found a few solutions online mostly from this forum. I saw everything from re routing the cables to wrapping the cables with tubing to coating the valve cover with silicone but the one that stood out to me was the coat hanger clip thing so I went with it but my set up was different than the original poster so I modded the idea. Ive got an 04 SVT focus, I note this because it appears that different years and models seem to have different cable configurations.

One of my other hobbies is flying RC helicopters so instead of using a wire coat hanger (which I didn't have) I chose to use a fly bar, the material is quite a bit thinner than a coat hanger and is much stronger but I would imagine that a coat hanger would do the trick just fine, the fly bar is the part running 90 degrees from the prop on the head and can be found at any hobby store, doesn't matter the model any will do though the Align brand fly bars are thicker and are solid all the way through.



Be slow if you choose the fly bar option since they can break if you get too crazy, the bar can be heated up if you have trouble. I started with removing the spark plugs cover and made a circle and a 90 degree bend to fit the bolt just right.





After this I noticed the rod just didn't fit like I liked it so I busted out the Dremel, This can be done without a Dremel but Im a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted this thing to fit just right, so I started with the Dremel bit that looks like a drill bit but is for cutting sideways, and ran a small grove on the back side of the cover.



I then cleaned it up with a steel wire Dremel bit just to make things look tidy, and here is how the fly bar fits in to place.



Sorry I don't have any specific measurements, this was all done by eye but I then laid everything together to determine my next bend, I wanted the wires to be off the cover but just enough to prevent rubbing, I used a pair of needle nose vice grips to make the bends as you can see.



I then put the fly bar back on the cover and measured where to make the next bend, though I didn't I would recommend using a pen to mark where you want the bends to be. I put a small hoop at the end to make it look clean, not sure if I like it, probably would look better bent straight over or just cut off and cleaned up.



And there you have it, I slid down the sleeve on the cruise line for more protection then loosely wrapped the two lines together with gorilla tape, I will check for wear on the lines in a month or so but this seems to be doing the trick.



Here you can see there's just enough clearance



As if there weren't enough pictures in this simple procedure I present you one more.




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Old 07-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #2
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Going to try this when I have time. Looks neat.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:00 AM   #3
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Looks like a pretty good fix.

Another option that people have had good luck with is disconnecting the intake from the throttle body and then 'flipping' the the cables to the other side of the throttle body, and re attaching the intake.

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Some of the SVT's came with a bit of Felt'ish tape in the recess. I don't see it often though. Not sure if it was a good dealer/tech adding it or if it was a factory thing.
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looks fancy but its a little faster to just rerout it
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:14 PM   #6
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I just stuck a couple pieces of wire loom where it rubs and havent had an issue, but can you point me to the thread about flipping them? Looks the the cables are zip tied to the firewall aswell. props to OP for finding another way to stop the rubbing.
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:09 AM   #7
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I saw this thread earlier and I tried the "flip" idea, but I just ended up flipping it back to stock. You kinda get a sharp bend at the fire wall and good bend at the CC module, but nothing too bad. It might shorten cable life on a DD. Then you have to make sure that the cables don't rest on the fuel hose because that would chafe over a long period of time.

My engine bay is too dusty for "show" and I hate the idea of washing an engine unless it's grimy and oily, which mine isn't. So I just kept it stock.


At least I don't have an '02 with the cable going all the way to the radiator.
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Can you still buy these or the d/c? Also how much? (Cables)
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Very elegant solution sandman, thanks for sharing.
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Looks good, I like that option.
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