: Black plastic engine covers, remove or leave in place?



The real Fast Eddie
03-31-13, 05:45 PM
...Do any other V owners find the covers over the blower etc. to be ugly as Hell? If they are part of the cooling plan, so be it.
But if not, I'd rather not see them when I pop the hood. This is such a beautiful motor... and it needs to be seen. Any reason to leave the
plastic in place?
Thanks...Eddie

Trapspeed
03-31-13, 06:19 PM
Truthfully, I don't mind them really. I just think the blower on these cars doesn't "present" well. If the housing looked like a Cobra blower, different story.

RaVeNous
03-31-13, 06:47 PM
The engine in my option wasn't designed to present without the cover, I don't particularly like the way it looks without it without doing some modification.

cruiser68
03-31-13, 10:17 PM
I've got mine all removed. Looks ugly but none fit since the mods. More concerned with speed over a pretty engine bay :)

HUGN*RDS
03-31-13, 10:30 PM
I'm looking to buy all new ones for the engine bay if anyone has some for sale. I mainly need the middle one, or maybe somebody could whip up some part numbers for me?

Stillborn
04-01-13, 02:08 AM
as stated without it on the bay looks like sh*t . it's called a "beauty cover" for a reason. leave it on if you plan on popping the hood to show off.

1997BlackETC
04-01-13, 02:38 AM
Maybe paint the stock ones with red and yellow flames then your engine will look like a fire breathing monster.

neuronbob
04-01-13, 06:55 AM
The engine compartment is much less filthy with the covers on. I daily drive my car and find that the covers make the engine compartment under it easier to keep clean.

The covers look good when kept clean, too.

Yes, I'm OCD like that. I even clean the metal part of the underside of the hood.

flatrockguy
04-02-13, 04:10 PM
I'm OCD also... After every wash, the entire engine compartment gets wiped down. Even the metal part of the underside of the hood :D

Trapspeed
04-02-13, 07:46 PM
I'm OCD also... After every wash, the entire engine compartment gets wiped down. Even the metal part of the underside of the hood :D

Sirs, you are not alone with your illness. ;)

Rule12b
04-03-13, 04:43 AM
The plastic bits are great for trapping heat.

The real Fast Eddie
04-03-13, 04:35 PM
...Thats what I was wondering as well. I'm thinking about a quick test. A ten minute run from a dead cold start-up, @ 60mph...twice, once w/ covers on and then w/ covers off.
Then shoot the supercharger top with a hand held infrared pyrometer.

MEDISIN
04-04-13, 09:42 PM
Pulled all those cheesy plastic covers off as soon as I got it home. Never understood why manufacturers try to decorate an engine bay. Clean, tidey, organized, no need for plastic bits.

V locity
04-04-13, 10:24 PM
LOL... I wipe them down with every wash too.

I figured since mine is a water cooled motor, they'll stay on. ;)

cruiser68
04-06-13, 05:10 PM
Here's my engine covers :)
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vfaninva
04-06-13, 11:41 PM
Glad to be a part of the disorder. I ALWAYS wipe down the underside of the hood, engine bay, and trunk lid (including the track under it). Too much?

Trapspeed
04-07-13, 09:09 AM
Nope! :)

dccaddyv
04-07-13, 09:20 PM
Glad to be a part of the disorder. I ALWAYS wipe down the underside of the hood, engine bay, and trunk lid (including the track under it). Too much?

That's exactly what I do! Also all the door edges and frames. I am ate up with it!

neuronbob
04-09-13, 07:17 AM
Glad to be a part of the disorder. I ALWAYS wipe down the underside of the hood, engine bay, and trunk lid (including the track under it). Too much?

Me, too. Definitely not too much.

In my case, the OCD is because I daily drive, including in winter, in Cleveland. Road salt gets everywhere. Eastwood salt neutralizer is my best friend. In fact, even though the last salt blast was a couple of weeks ago, I'm going to spray some more neutralizer on the suspension just in case of salt dust from the dry roads.

soulja
04-09-13, 12:35 PM
Me, too. Definitely not too much.

In my case, the OCD is because I daily drive, including in winter, in Cleveland. Road salt gets everywhere. Eastwood salt neutralizer is my best friend. In fact, even though the last salt blast was a couple of weeks ago, I'm going to spray some more neutralizer on the suspension just in case of salt dust from the dry roads.

Nah, if you really had OCD you definitely wouldn't be driving it in the winter.

neuronbob
04-11-13, 07:16 AM
Nah, if you really had OCD you definitely wouldn't be driving it in the winter.

Haha, well...I didn't buy the car to look at it! :) I already have one of those, one that I look at more than drive. My V is like a toy I can't put down. Because of that, salt neutralizer every time it goes out in the snow.

HUGN*RDS
04-11-13, 09:19 PM
does anybody have any links to engine bay dress up pieces or other examples of modified "acoustic covers" and stuff like that under the hood. I saw one picture of a painted intercooler cover with some carbon fiber that looked cool. thanks.

V locity
04-13-13, 05:59 PM
Here's Tony's 2.3 conversion:
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q776/pollackk/7fa9df2206532d734158e1464f982367_zps0abb977e.jpg
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q776/pollackk/a4481e8e8de3aa97c0483538b09f12e9_zps3125d0c1.jpg
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q776/pollackk/04d18311cec2ecd85d5aae2a49ad7b8a_zps5ceaa56e.jpg

Eswat
04-14-13, 07:36 AM
Take it away or keep it clean and shine.