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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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Question Aftermarket Grille Shutters?

Does anyone know if it is possible to get the active grille shutters installed in the aftermarket? The SFE only comes in the sedan and was wondering if it was possible to customize a hatch into one.


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Does anyone know if it is possible to get the active grille shutters installed in the aftermarket? The SFE only comes in the sedan and was wondering if it was possible to customize a hatch into one.
This is unnecessary, Ford made the grill shutters standard on all other models some time in the middle part of the first model year in the late Job 1 builds, and standard on all builds after 3/5/12 (Job 2).

Therefore its not necessary to put in aftermarket shutters instead.
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Does anyone know if it is possible to get the active grille shutters installed in the aftermarket? The SFE only comes in the sedan and was wondering if it was possible to customize a hatch into one.
The SFE sedans aren't the only Focii with AGS, any hatchback with the winter package (like mine) has them also.

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This is unnecessary, Ford made the grill shutters standard on all other models some time in the middle part of the first model year in the late Job 1 builds, and standard on all builds after 3/5/12 (Job 2).

Therefore its not necessary to put in aftermarket shutters instead.
My car didn't come with them only on diesel models to start with from Germany. Now they are coming from Thailand it's standard across our range. It should be possible to order required parts and have Ford install no?
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My car didn't come with them only on diesel models to start with from Germany. Now they are coming from Thailand it's standard across our range. It should be possible to order required parts and have Ford install no?
As long as there is a place to connect the ags harness to and if the as-built data for the ags system can be installed to the powertrain control unit I don't see why it couldn't be added later.

I was referring to the U.S. market initially where the OP lived in my statement that they had already made them standard here a while ago on all the models.

Now if they were playing out the roll out in other countries then yes not all the German builds would have them initially just like it was supposed to be confined to the SE SFE here, but was really available on several other models.
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As long as there is a place to connect the ags harness to and if the as-built data for the ags system can be installed to the powertrain control unit I don't see why it couldn't be added later.

I was referring to the U.S. market initially where the OP lived in my statement that they had already made them standard here a while ago on all the models.

Now if they were playing out the roll out in other countries then yes not all the German builds would have them initially just like it was supposed to be confined to the SE SFE here, but was really available on several other models.
I knew what you meant too lol - thanks Suss - do you think there is a big value in the AGS system?
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Unida, the theory behind the use of the grille shutter system was to speed up engine warm up time from cold, and to reduce the drag from the high pressure air pushing through the grille opening on the freeway when you needed less of it to keep the powertrain at its optimium temperature. When its fully closed or nearly closed it can effectively reduce the aerodynamic drag and increase the efficiency of the car by requiring less power to move through the air. It might only be worth a few percent, but every little change matters.

Of course since its been hot and I don't stand outside of the car as soon as I turn it on and get going I haven't really seen mine closed yet, but then I've had the a/c on pretty much most of the time. Depending on how they programmed it, they may not fully close with the a/c on past a certain percentage to prevent the condenser from either freezing or vapor locking. It was cold this morning (48F-52F) (8.88C-11.11C) approximately, but I needed to get to work, not examine the grille opening this morning.
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Unida, the theory behind the use of the grille shutter system was to speed up engine warm up time from cold, and to reduce the drag from the high pressure air pushing through the grille opening on the freeway when you needed less of it to keep the powertrain at its optimium temperature. When its fully closed or nearly closed it can effectively reduce the aerodynamic drag and increase the efficiency of the car by requiring less power to move through the air. It might only be worth a few percent, but every little change matters.

Of course since its been hot and I don't stand outside of the car as soon as I turn it on and get going I haven't really seen mine closed yet, but then I've had the a/c on pretty much most of the time. Depending on how they programmed it, they may not fully close with the a/c on past a certain percentage to prevent the condenser from either freezing or vapor locking. It was cold this morning (48F-52F) (8.88C-11.11C) approximately, but I needed to get to work, not examine the grille opening this morning.
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Thanks Suss you're a font of knowledge - my interest in the AGS only piqued when I saw it had now become standard. Really here in Aus I doubt they'd be shut for long but the "reduce drag on the freeway" is I'm certain the reason why it is now across all models.
I'll contact my service dept and see if I can add them.
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Thanks Suss you're a font of knowledge - my interest in the AGS only piqued when I saw it had now become standard. Really here in Aus I doubt they'd be shut for long but the "reduce drag on the freeway" is I'm certain the reason why it is now across all models.
I'll contact my service dept and see if I can add them.
I think contacting them will be at least worth the knowledge of whether or not it's possible even if you elect against doing it.
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