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Old 06-16-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
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Ugly Engine Bay

Hello all,

I should start by saying that I am a new Focus owner. I've done some looking around this site and have found it to be great.

My question is this: Has anyone done anything to "clean up" the look of the engine bay? The PZEV engine bay is downright messy, if you ask me. I have a 2004 ZTS PZEV, and I really don't like all the wiring and piping that is showing.

Does anyone make any sort of cover?

I'm not really looking to replace the dull looking black wires and piping with something shiny and colored, rather I'd like to be able to cover it up.

Am I crazy?

Thanks for any and all ideas.

-Jason

BTW, I realize this is the PZEV performance area, and that this isn't a performance question. This "problem" is, however, unique to the PZEV, so that's why I posted it here.


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Old 06-16-2004, 01:50 PM   #2
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there are things out there,,,,,,spark plug wires,, valva covers,,,tubing for the wiring in colors,,,etc. you will find some stuff
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As of onw there are no covers for this engine. I've heard that the Mazda 2.3 cover is Similar, and with slight modification could fit on there, but I don't think anyone's tried. Also, those Ford Racing colored spark plug wires don't fit this car either.
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there are things out there,,,,,,spark plug wires,, valva covers,,,tubing for the wiring in colors,,,etc. you will find some stuff
Like I said, I'm not really interested in just replacing the current wires and tubes with something of a different color. I'd rather cover them all up. The valve covers you mention, are those something that would do this?

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I looked everywhere online I've found nothing as far as covers go as of yet... It's too new of an engine though. You will have wait a bit for some more aftermarket on it. I'm with you though. I also think it looks messy... But it's not about looks, it's about performance...
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As of onw there are no covers for this engine. I've heard that the Mazda 2.3 cover is Similar, and with slight modification could fit on there, but I don't think anyone's tried. Also, those Ford Racing colored spark plug wires don't fit this car either.
Thanks for the info Lil PZEV. I don''t know much about Mazdas, I take it one of their vehicles uses this same engine? I'm not adverse to "modding" a Mazda part to make it look nice.

I know that Mazda and Ford have shared parts/bodies/engines/whole vehicles many times, so it's not a bad idea to look at Mazda parts.

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Old 06-16-2004, 03:39 PM   #7
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Ford controls Mazda, the Duratec was a Ford/Mazda effort.

Anyway, I saw a picture of a cover for the 2.3 in the Mazda 3 and it looked like you might be able to fab it to fit.. ... if your idea of a good looking engine bay is a black plastic cover then go check out the Mazda 3. It's not a very big cover though.

IMO, no cover means I can clean the engine easier and keep dust out. An engine cover tends to just trap the dust trying to escape from below where it's flying up from the road.
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You can find colored tubing to fit over your hoses/wires at any auto zone.
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i think it looks good
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i have looked into the cover for the mazda 3 and the dealer told me it would be like $250 and didnt know if he could get it without it being a complete crate engine. i think it was more of a brush off!


also on a side note, the 2.3 is the same motor as the pzev but with a non-restrictive air filter and a factory long tube header, thus the higher hp rating and non-pzev certified.
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