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Adding a Belly Pan (under engine shield)

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#1 OFFLINE   petehouk


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:20 AM

Hi everybody. Can I add an under engine shield to my 2012 SE? I gather that units with the Ecoboost motor come with the shield. I would like one as well. The car that I sold when I bought the flex had one and the engine was SO CLEAN, even though it was 10 year old. I would like to add a shield to my Flex and hopefully keep everything clean in my new engine compartment.

#2 OFFLINE   Waldo


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:49 AM

Get the shield from an MKS or Taurus SHO. It doesn't have the expensive ducting that the Flex EB shield has but will bolt right up. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with AWD, as it will reduce the cooling of the PTU, but on your SE it should be ok. I don't really think it's going to help keep the engine clean though. Most of the airflow through the engine compartment comes in through the radiator and out through the bottom. Putting the shield on may actually prevent that dirty air from exiting and instead will cause it to swirl up around the back of the engine, actually making it dirtier than if you didn't have the shield. Plus you're Flex has a lip spoiler on the bottom of the front fascia which is designed to direct all the air around the bottom of the engine anyway.

Bottom line - you can try it, but I don't think it's going to work.

Edited by Waldo, 13 September 2012 - 04:50 AM.

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