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This is one of my only gripes with my new IS-F.....

for how much money the car cost, how much research and development went into it, and how detailed oriented they were why couldn't they do something with the engine bay.....

I mean, the plastic cover thing looks "ok" but I wish they would have left it a little more RAW, like if anyone has ever seen the Honda S2000 engine bay, with the bright red valve cover, or the Acura Integra Type R, with the RED valve cover... And these cars were like half the price, like something like the corvette engine bay??

I wish they would have cleaned up some of the wires, and hoses a bit, and left the valve covers exposed and intake manifold spruced up, with like 2 bright blue valve covers saying ISF on them or something?

Is there anything besides painting the stupid plastic thing, or getting a carbon fiber one I can do to make my engine bay look more "racey"????

if someone can post a pic of the S2000, or Integra R engine bay youll know what I mean( i dont know how to post pictures)
 

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2004 S2000 engine bay pulled off internet
 

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I guess i'm on the other side of it. I like the clean look when I lift the hood. I bought the F so I don't look "racey" or "ricey". But to each their own. To add a little to the engine bay I got painted engine cover (white to match my car), billet oil cap with "F" logo on it, and a blue anodized JoeZ intake tube. Those little bit of colors has spruced it up a bit.

Only thing left for me in the engine bay would be to install a supercharger:D.
 

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I guess i'm on the other side of it. I like the clean look when I lift the hood. I bought the F so I don't look "racey" or "ricey". But to each their own. To add a little to the engine bay I got painted engine cover (white to match my car), billet oil cap with "F" logo on it, and a blue anodized JoeZ intake tube. Those little bit of colors has spruced it up a bit.

Only thing left for me in the engine bay would be to install a supercharger:D.
I dont think the s2000 engine bay looks ricey or not clean , i mean shoot, it reminds me of a ferrari engine, which i think looks awesome, granted thats a little different, but just thought if you take that s2000 pic up there, added another valve cover opposing that one, and a good lookin manifold it would look awesome, so when i pop the hood people go "damn", not " wow, a lot of plastic, cant even see anything" which has happened to me numerous times, when people want to see the engine in this beast.
 

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I dont think the s2000 engine bay looks ricey or not clean , i mean shoot, it reminds me of a ferrari engine, which i think looks awesome, granted thats a little different, but just thought if you take that s2000 pic up there, added another valve cover opposing that one, and a good lookin manifold it would look awesome, so when i pop the hood people go "damn", not " wow, a lot of plastic, cant even see anything" which has happened to me numerous times, when people want to see the engine in this beast.
I get ya. There is something to be said for a nice looking engine. It is part of the package. I guess it came down to looks or function, and the engineers went with function. There sure isn't much room under that hood though. I bet if the demand is out there someone will come up with more aftermarket stuff for us to be able to show off the engine better.
 

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I agree, i think the engine bay could look so much better. Its not even in the same league but my last car, a v6 Ford Cougar had a really nice looking engine in my opinion. I like to see the intake manifolds etc too:

Ignore the fact it was dirty though
 

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It's kind of funny this thread popped up as I was just asking a few of the sponsors and guys in the market if they were planning on releasing anything new this year to help spice up the engine bay. I'm running the blue Joe Z intake tube and such but am looking for that something to really bring the car and engine together...I haven't decided quite what it is yet

Does anybody run without the plastic cover? Will it affect the car in any way?
You can run with it off. As far as I've heard, it doesn't affect it in any way.
 

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some painted valve covers and maybe just a little clean up of the hoses and wires would do wonders in my book, forget the giant plastic snow-sled all together...
 

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As far as I know, the plastic engine covers serve a few minor purposes:

1) For looks - They clean up the look of the engine bay (sorta). Modern engines have so many more wires than older vehicles. It is hard to get that clean open engine bay like you find in some muscle cars. Instead of taking painstaking effort to make every wire look appealing, they cover it all with plastic now.

2) For cleanliness - They keep dust/dirt and water from getting near wires, connectors, sensors, cables, and/or moving parts.

I don't think taking the cover off would hurt anything, but IMO you would have to clean up the wiring and other parts to make it look good.
 

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As far as I know, the plastic engine covers serve a few minor purposes:
1) For looks - They clean up the look of the engine bay (sorta). Modern engines have so many more wires than older vehicles. It is hard to get that clean open engine bay like you find in some muscle cars. Instead of taking painstaking effort to make every wire look appealing, they cover it all with plastic now.
2) For cleanliness - They keep dust/dirt and water from getting near wires, connectors, sensors, cables, and/or moving parts.

I don't think taking the cover off would hurt anything, but IMO you would have to clean up the wiring and other parts to make it look good.

the two primary purposes from an engineering standpoint are heat and noise reduction. The esthetics of a clean engine bay is just a bonus
 

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As far as I know, the plastic engine covers serve a few minor purposes:

1) For looks - They clean up the look of the engine bay (sorta). Modern engines have so many more wires than older vehicles. It is hard to get that clean open engine bay like you find in some muscle cars. Instead of taking painstaking effort to make every wire look appealing, they cover it all with plastic now.

2) For cleanliness - They keep dust/dirt and water from getting near wires, connectors, sensors, cables, and/or moving parts.

I don't think taking the cover off would hurt anything, but IMO you would have to clean up the wiring and other parts to make it look good.

^^^True. Another comparison is look at the engine bay in a Ferrari. Looks great, but I have heard they are a bitch to work on because everything is tucked away or underneath something else. Toyota/Lexus mounts everything for ease of fixing, then covers it. May look lame, but it's easy to work on.
 
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