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Old 07-11-2007, 10:49 PM   #1
 
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Heat Shield under hood?

Is it safe to remove this? I hate the way it looks.

I do live in Houston, though, and it gets REALLY hot outside. Especially on the freeways where i am normally driving.

It doesn't rattle or anything. Like i said, i just hate the way it looks. Does it really do anything?

I tried searching for some answers, but didn't find much, so somebody that has removed theirs, hit me up with some info.


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Mine is removed, along with the shitty upper firewall lining. I would think about wrapping your headers or coating them to keep the under-hood temps down. It will be easier on the paint.
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^^For your firewall lining, did you just rip it all out, or did you have to remove things from the back wall before you could take it out?
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I only removed one thing, 2 small screws is all it took. I also uncliped the fuse box to give me a little more room. Took 5 minutes total. The lining comes off after getting 2 or 3 little pressed on clips off. I scratched up my strut towers (accidentally) so watch out for that. You'll see what I mean.
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Cool, Sorry for the threadjack, but have you noticed any ill-effects upon removing the lining?
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my header is exposed and a few months later I wrapped it up. Nothing will come of it if you remove either items
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i removed my heat shield and was using an FR long tube headers...

imo engine bay looks better without heat shield, but once you removed the heat shield you can find out some dirt under the hood and you ll need to give it a good clean...

only thing without the heat shield is, hood gets the engine heat and becomes more hot also that means heat in the engine bay is transferred more easily by the metal hood... so infact this is a good thing but i really dont know how the paint will be effected in long term...
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Hood blanket...
It does serve a dual purpose.
Sound insulation, and fire supression:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=69572

Another thread:
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FWIW, I take the hood blanket off in the summer, and put it back on in the winter.

BTW, I bought my car new, and it never had a firewall blanket.
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WD, a few guys have said the same thing about the firewall blanket. Maybe it's an '04 change.
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^^^Ford's way of "cheaping out" again on the later models.
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