Custom splash shield - Page 2 - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus First Generation > MK1 Focus

MK1 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the first generation 2000-2007 Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2009, 03:27 AM   #11
Paladin
VEKTOR PLATE
 
Paladin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Fan#: 64465
Location: menasha, WI
What I Drive: blue sub #6

Posts: 5,503
Points 5,736, Level 48
Points: 5,736, Level: 48 Points: 5,736, Level: 48 Points: 5,736, Level: 48
Level Up 93% Completed
Level up: 93% Level up: 93% Level up: 93%
Forum Activity 3%
Activity: 3% Activity: 3% Activity: 3%
FF Reputation: 10 Paladin Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
i need to make one of these as well. perhaps out of aluminum. or something light...
__________________
MR. freaking negative
i'm not an enthusiast...... the internets told me.
Paladin is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-02-2009, 05:32 AM   #12
bluefront
Focus Fanatic
 
bluefront's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Fan#: 56816
Location: St Louis Missouri USA, MO
What I Drive: 2006 white ZX5 SES

Posts: 3,487
FF Reputation: 146 bluefront Excellent Standing Member bluefront Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
That looks to be quite a project. But the reason they're always plastic these days, is so that they can withstand some flexing/scraping, without being permanently bent. I'd probably try to mod an OEM shield for such a project.....my 2c.
__________________
I'll keep my guns, my freedom, and my money.....you can keep the "change".
bluefront is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-04-2009, 03:04 PM   #13
merkranger
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
merkranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Fan#: 66415
Location: Romeo, MI
What I Drive: 2000 light saphire blue metallic se

Posts: 39
FF Reputation: 1 merkranger Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Cool air flow answers.

To answer the question about airflow-the driver's side scoop that was part of the original "shield" wasn't included with the car. However the passenger side was. So the air which doesn't go through the exchangers (coolant/ac/trans/etc.) gets bounced and deflected around the side and fed to the filter. There is no panel however between the rad support and exchangers-so some air is lost.
The only vertical piece is that which you see a corner sticking up toward the air tube/filter. The panels are secured to the rad support and the plastic wheel well liner.
The stock air tubes were removed (including scoop) when the cai was installed.
A few drops here and there are fine-but a stream could be dangerous. Misting water can "steam clean" your cylanders and boost power-however too much water and you will hydro sieze your ride-or blow a gasket (if your lucky-heard someone at the local autozone blew the cyl wall on a puddle).
This panel was built to difflect water from puddles, and hopefully supply a little pressure (ram air effect) at speed.
So far so good. It should be noted that there is still space beneath the filter and above the panel for plenty of air flow. If you are looking to do any sort of water crossing a CAI is a Definate NO NO. You either need (if going slow) a short ram intake, or a snorkel (but it's a focus????[bootyshak).
I still have to secure the front bumper to the panel, but so far with driving 75+ I have not had rattles or deviation that I know of.
There was a considerable amount of fitting to get the right contour to the side of the bumper (as well as altitude change), but the overall design is relatively sound (so far). My friend was open to the possiblity of building another for sale if there was interest-though labor, materials, etc would apply.
I used Pre-Painted aluminum for my build. He has a little left. I can go to a prior employer and get some stainless (though this would add not only to time of construction, but the difficulty of constructing the panels as this is a far more rigid material. However I can get my hands on 200 series stainless-which barely rust stains and won't scale. I still need to work out securement in the front but he should still have the rough templates that we made to do mine. Of course final fitment would be your responsibility.
I hope this answers your questions so far-I will update after I figure out how to secure it fully. I will try to answer any additional questions in the meantime.
merkranger is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-04-2009, 03:19 PM   #14
merkranger
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
merkranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Fan#: 66415
Location: Romeo, MI
What I Drive: 2000 light saphire blue metallic se

Posts: 39
FF Reputation: 1 merkranger Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
While using wire may be appealing-please note that one of the primary responsibilities is not to keep the bumper from pulling off when backing of a snowbank, but rather to support the lower part of the bumper agianst your 80+ mph driving. So you have no support on the lower part of your bumper, as mine didn't. Like mine has displayed, you should look at your bumper, around the ends of the lower grill. Mine was showing signs of the paint cracking from the constant flexing (minor barely visible lines in the paint), you should keep in mind that painters use flex-agents in the paint when painting theese parts, but everything has it's limits.
As to the flexability-I went with rigidity, as you can see from my Photo's we rolled beads in the removable filter panel as well as the master panel to ad rigidity and combat flex, and rattles.
They do use plastic for cost savings, weight, rattles, and yes flexing for those that like to "hit" things. Yes if I hit something hard enough it will bend, but, as a truck driver, I am a little more alert behind the wheel. Also the primary fastener used was plastic pins like those that are similar to your pins holding your upper grill/stock air scoop on top of your rad support. So theese are likely to sheer off in a collision, leaving just the cold air intake mount/isolater that I put into dual duty as a stud for mounting the master panel corner. This is easily seen in the pictures I took.
Custom built-custom purposes
merkranger is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-26-2009, 10:36 AM   #15
merkranger
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
merkranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Fan#: 66415
Location: Romeo, MI
What I Drive: 2000 light saphire blue metallic se

Posts: 39
FF Reputation: 1 merkranger Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Cool update

I figured id post a update this morning...
Well, I still haven't secured the front. edge, haven't pulled it off yet to cut and shape $or the standard clips (bought couple new ones)...
In metro detroit we haven't had a decent snow so its push ability remains untested..., but we had a lot of rain yesterday... and I drove several &hundred miles on the freeway... think I even. Hydroed a puddle..., and it is still running fine :)
And work has me driving. Through plenty of puddles to park...
So far so good!
merkranger is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2010, 09:31 PM   #16
zx360
Sticker Whore
 
zx360's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Fan#: 32439
Location: Waukesha, WI
What I Drive: 2005 black zx3 ses

Posts: 18,663
Points 16,816, Level 82
Points: 16,816, Level: 82 Points: 16,816, Level: 82 Points: 16,816, Level: 82
Level Up 94% Completed
Level up: 94% Level up: 94% Level up: 94%
Forum Activity 3%
Activity: 3% Activity: 3% Activity: 3%
FF Reputation: 44 zx360 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (33)
edit, spam deleted...
__________________
FocusFest 11' "Best in class" Oct'11 HOTM FITF'12 "Best Show & Shine" July 12 ROTM

instagram @360DSGNS

Last edited by zx360; 04-26-2010 at 10:46 PM.
zx360 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2010, 10:26 PM   #17
GrndZero
Focus Enthusiast
 
GrndZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Fan#: 9630
Location: Fayetteville NC, United States
What I Drive: 2002 Silver ZX5

Posts: 460
FF Reputation: 3 GrndZero Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
Nice job on the custom creation. I would like to ask though, did you really have any problem with water to begin with? I used to have a 2nd gen Injen CAI on my car bitd and I even drove through water high enough to go through my upper grill and still never had problems with it. The filter was in the standard true CAI location.
__________________
2002.5 Silver Euro ZX5
GrndZero is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-01-2010, 08:30 PM   #18
merkranger
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
merkranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Fan#: 66415
Location: Romeo, MI
What I Drive: 2000 light saphire blue metallic se

Posts: 39
FF Reputation: 1 merkranger Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If you drove through water higher than the upper grill, your luck to have a motor that runs.... I hope you changed all the oils in the car....
The standard Cai for a focus puts the filter directly in front of the driver's front tire, just above the bottom of the bumper, were there is no protection. Water splashes directly to it when you blast through puddles....
A short RAM intake may be high enough if your lucky, and that's a big if. If you tried that with a cold air kit, before the water got over the lower grill you would have likely needed a new motor.
The location is great, for dry driving. You can get cool dense air, and I believe there is a pressure build up there at speed. The panel I built blocks air and water from underneath.... its primary purpose is to prevent water from splashing onto the filter, so it doesn't kill my engine, while still giving better than stock performance.
merkranger is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-01-2010, 09:52 PM   #19
GrndZero
Focus Enthusiast
 
GrndZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Fan#: 9630
Location: Fayetteville NC, United States
What I Drive: 2002 Silver ZX5

Posts: 460
FF Reputation: 3 GrndZero Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
In most CAI's due to the angle of upward piping, it is apparently hard for water to travel up that path, unless you are completely submerged in full throttle, then even a splash guard isnt going to do you any good. Just saying from experience. When I drove through that water I completely left off of the gas and coasted through since it was only a short distance. I have never had any problems with my engine and that happened over 4 years ago.
As I said before though, nice custom work.
I dont have that intake anymore since the Volant has better performance and looks better to boot.
__________________
2002.5 Silver Euro ZX5
GrndZero is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-03-2010, 01:42 AM   #20
merkranger
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
merkranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Fan#: 66415
Location: Romeo, MI
What I Drive: 2000 light saphire blue metallic se

Posts: 39
FF Reputation: 1 merkranger Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I got a bomz kit off Craigslist, new, nearly complete for like $60....
Yes due to fluid dynamics, it would be hard to draw significant quantities of water, but when the cylinders reach tdc in compression the chamber shrinks from .5L to maybe a cc or 2 (not sure on this motor....) So even a small amount can kill...
Your lucky you still have a engine, there is a vacuum even @ idle, and water has pressure below surface. Agian I hope you changed your oils, AND YOU WERE VERY LUCKY.
Even trail rigs need special prep to safely cross water...
merkranger is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WANTED: Lower Radiator Splash Shield 2003focusowner Archive 0 06-08-2009 06:01 PM
Removing fender splash shield? jklubeck General Technical Chat 4 01-26-2009 05:58 AM
ZX5 Splash Shield details bn880 MK1 Focus 8 01-04-2008 11:04 AM
soooo much better (heat shield rattle) Kal-EL428 SVT Performance (2002-2004) 1 09-11-2007 10:30 PM
**Vote for FF.com ROTY** Chick Ford Focus - Ride of the Month 113 07-31-2007 12:04 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:01 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat