Cai splash shield - 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 > DURATEC Performance (2003-2007)

DURATEC Performance (2003-2007) The place to chat about any Duratec 23, 23E, and 20 engine performance, tuning and exhaust related upgrades.

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
bespurcell
Focus Addict
 
bespurcell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60917
Location: Purcell, OK
What I Drive: 2003 black svt

Posts: 716
FF Reputation: 2 bespurcell Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Cai splash shield

Everyone seems to be concerned about water with a cai so I decided to post up what I did to prevent mine from getting water and mud splashed on it.

I made this shield from a piece of aluminum sheetmetal. It was a scrap piece that was given to me. I got the rough shape using a piece of cardboard as a template. I only had a hacksaw to cut it with so that was the hardest part. I cut the piece a little long so I could fold it over for the bottom. I made a cut where each bend was going to be made on the bottom part that was going be folded over so they overlap. Aluminum is brittle when you bend it so I used a blowtorch borrowed from a friend to heat it before I made the bends. I clamped it to an old bench with a c clamp and used a 3lb hammer to bend it once it was heated. I then cut a piece for the bottom and screwed it into the folded over section. I test fit it and found a good location to mount it to the frame rail. I then used a piece of sheetmetal to make a mounting tab. There was already a hole in the framerail that I used to run a 1/4" x 20 bolt into and backed it up with a nut and washers on both sides. It also blocks the air from the radiiator fan.




__________________
Dominant Eng. orp, ITG Maxogen panel filter, Focus-Power tune, Team Dynamic Pro Race 2 16x7 wheels in black(36 lb weight reduction from stock tire/wheel combo)
bespurcell is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-17-2011, 10:56 AM   #2
rambleon84
So mote be it
 
rambleon84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Fan#: 51521
Location: columbus, OH
What I Drive: 2007 Dark Toreador Red ZX3

Posts: 5,526
Points 7,618, Level 58
Points: 7,618, Level: 58 Points: 7,618, Level: 58 Points: 7,618, Level: 58
Level Up 34% Completed
Level up: 34% Level up: 34% Level up: 34%
Forum Activity 12%
Activity: 12% Activity: 12% Activity: 12%
FF Reputation: 23 rambleon84 Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (15)
That seems like a decent sheild, good job doing that with the limited resources you had available.

I'm not too concerned with mine, its the FSWerks one and it sort of tucks inward towards into the front bumper splash shield. I know mine has gotten water on it but I have been in some pretty serious rain and has not sucked up water.
rambleon84 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-17-2011, 10:56 AM   #3
ST 2K5
Focus Fanatic
 
ST 2K5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Fan#: 44631
Location: Manchester, NH
What I Drive: 2013 Tuxedo Black SE Sedan 5speed

Posts: 1,581
Points 10,862, Level 69
Points: 10,862, Level: 69 Points: 10,862, Level: 69 Points: 10,862, Level: 69
Level Up 3% Completed
Level up: 3% Level up: 3% Level up: 3%
Forum Activity 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
FF Reputation: 6 ST 2K5 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (22)
Good idea but I think the shield is preventing the filter from doing its job effectively.
__________________
2013 Ford Focus SE 5 speed
2014 Ford Fiesta
ST 2K5 is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-17-2011, 12:45 PM   #4
bespurcell
Focus Addict
 
bespurcell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60917
Location: Purcell, OK
What I Drive: 2003 black svt

Posts: 716
FF Reputation: 2 bespurcell Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ST 2K5 View Post
Good idea but I think the shield is preventing the filter from doing its job effectively.
How do you figure? It can still draw the cool air in coming from the front of the bumper and none of the filter is blocked.
__________________
Dominant Eng. orp, ITG Maxogen panel filter, Focus-Power tune, Team Dynamic Pro Race 2 16x7 wheels in black(36 lb weight reduction from stock tire/wheel combo)
bespurcell is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #5
PingPongNinja
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Fan#: 83701
Location: Utica, NY
What I Drive: 2003 SVT Focus

Posts: 49
FF Reputation: 1 PingPongNinja Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
awesome job!
PingPongNinja is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-21-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
whynotthinkwhynot
Captain TMI
 
whynotthinkwhynot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Fan#: 18416
Location: the armpit of TN, Memphis, TN
What I Drive: 05 Focus Wagon; 13 C-Max SEL

Posts: 20,275
Points 27,572, Level 98
Points: 27,572, Level: 98 Points: 27,572, Level: 98 Points: 27,572, Level: 98
Level Up 23% Completed
Level up: 23% Level up: 23% Level up: 23%
Forum Activity 11%
Activity: 11% Activity: 11% Activity: 11%
FF Reputation: 270 whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member whynotthinkwhynot Outstanding Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Y'all are schooled in the polyester panty hose trick- right? It works. I had a Stealth CAI for more than 100k miles and went through 2 100 year floods. One of those times it was raining so hard that the fastest I could go without hydroplaning was like 25 mph. That time, when I pulled off the highway, not 10' from where I pulled into a gas station was a car half submerged. I was really scared then. I survived.

My factory splash shield was KOed at the time as well- stupid cat. I still need to go find another one.
__________________
Be eclectic.
---The Complete How-To Archive--

Moderating everything now, let me know if I can help.

Quote:
Originally Posted by the user formerly known as ZX3_Chick View Post
You're special aren't you.
whynotthinkwhynot is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-22-2011, 11:32 AM   #7
oblivion2kx
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Fan#: 61764
Location: Rutherford, NJ
What I Drive: 2004 Twighlight Blue 2.3l ZX5

Posts: 666
FF Reputation: 2 oblivion2kx Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (5)
Injen Hydro Shield

google it ... it works. Had it on all of my hondas and no hydrolock
__________________
A few years ago, I went to the gym for several months and lost 30 pounds. That must be worth about 1% more fuel economy in the city.
oblivion2kx is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #8
bespurcell
Focus Addict
 
bespurcell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Fan#: 60917
Location: Purcell, OK
What I Drive: 2003 black svt

Posts: 716
FF Reputation: 2 bespurcell Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I know about the pantyhose. It doesn't keep mud from getting caked onto it though and it just seems like one more restriction to airflow however slight. I had mud on my airfilter before I did this. Like I said before I work in construction so my car sees alot of mud. This also blocks hot air from the radiator fan. If you look at the pics you'll see what I'm talking about.
__________________
Dominant Eng. orp, ITG Maxogen panel filter, Focus-Power tune, Team Dynamic Pro Race 2 16x7 wheels in black(36 lb weight reduction from stock tire/wheel combo)

Last edited by bespurcell; 08-22-2011 at 02:31 PM. Reason: added to
bespurcell is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-22-2011, 03:25 PM   #9
Mr.Bergner
coffee, have some
 
Mr.Bergner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Fan#: 32799
Location: Overland Park, KS
What I Drive: 2004 TW Blue ZX3

Posts: 5,966
Points 6,353, Level 52
Points: 6,353, Level: 52 Points: 6,353, Level: 52 Points: 6,353, Level: 52
Level Up 2% Completed
Level up: 2% Level up: 2% Level up: 2%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 53 Mr.Bergner Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (12)
Pantyhose trick sounds cool, at least it would help some and would be much easier to clean.

But I like the shield, at least it's not sitting in the hot engine bay. I think even with the air flow from the bumper it still does an effective job.
__________________
2004 ZX3 MTX - Twighlight Blue_____________________________________________________________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
Mr.Bergner is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #10
HAPPYHANDS
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Fan#: 66793
Location: weaverville, NC
What I Drive: 2005 silver zx3 5-speed

Posts: 198
FF Reputation: 2 HAPPYHANDS Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
looks good. I like it..Very nice job sir!
__________________
MAXTON MILE AT 129mph!
HAPPYHANDS 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


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:02 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