Engine cover overheating?

SCBronco1
Feb 05, 2024

Rank VI

Feb 05, 2024

Hey All You Broncoians! I am looking to clean up the look of my engine compartment, for no reason other than I prefer the look. I really like the look and style of the JCR one from the image. My only question is . . . anyone that has added a engine cover, do you have any overheating issues? The JCR website says that they have not had any issues, but I don't imagine that they would say that, "Yes, these make your engine overheat" in the product description. Ford engineers didn't put a cover there for a reason and I can only come up with two options. 1. Engine overheating issues and no cover provides for needed airflow circulation. The 2nd reason, We can save a whole $8.99 on each engine that we don't put a cover on!

Either way I would like to know!

Thanks Folks!
RRBLNC

Don't Follow Me ,I'm about to do something Stupid

Feb 05, 2024

#1
I personally would not put an engine cover on my Bronco. The factory hood covers it just fine. Who shows off the engine in a newer vehicle anyway ? There are so many parts made of plastic , valve covers, intake, various hoses, plumbing and sensors that trapping heat and degrading those components would be my concern.
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lapazleo

No Ragerts

Feb 05, 2024

#2
Hey All You Broncoians! I am looking to clean up the look of my engine compartment, for no reason other than I prefer the look. I really like the look and style of the JCR one from the image. My only question is . . . anyone that has added a engine cover, do you have any overheating issues? The JCR website says that they have not had any issues, but I don't imagine that they would say that, "Yes, these make your engine overheat" in the product description. Ford engineers didn't put a cover there for a reason and I can only come up with two options. 1. Engine overheating issues and no cover provides for needed airflow circulation. The 2nd reason, We can save a whole $8.99 on each engine that we don't put a cover on!

Either way I would like to know!

Thanks Folks!

A plastic cover isn’t going to cause a water-cooled combustion engine to overheat. Nor would I expect it to really trap too much thermal energy given the size, placement and layout.

If you want to dress up the engine bay with a cover - go for it! 👍🏼
- 2023 Raptor / Shadow Black / MGV (DOB 8/30/23)
- 2023 Heritage Limited Edition / Robin’s Egg Blue / 4dr / (stolen from my dealer 11/15/23)
the poacher, AngusMac13

Rank VI

Feb 05, 2024

#3
A plastic cover isn’t going to cause a water-cooled combustion engine to overheat. Nor would I expect it to really trap too much thermal energy given the size, placement and layout.

If you want to dress up the engine bay with a cover - go for it! 👍🏼

I was thinking the same with plastic, this cover however, is powder coated metal.
lapazleo

Rank IV

Feb 05, 2024

#4
I personally would not put an engine cover on my Bronco. The factory hood covers it just fine. Who shows off the engine in a newer vehicle anyway ? There are so many parts made of plastic , valve covers, intake, various hoses, plumbing and sensors that trapping heat would be my concern.
I tend to agree a engine cover isn’t necessary, but that one doesn’t look bad.

BTW I don’t mind showing off my “Bosses “ engine.😉


Gyoja, Deano Bronc

No Ragerts

Feb 06, 2024

#5
I was thinking the same with plastic, this cover however, is powder coated metal.

Plastic, metal, wood, fiberglass, whatever… I think you will be just fine. There is plenty of space all around that will allow for air flow for convective cooling. 👍🏼
- 2023 Raptor / Shadow Black / MGV (DOB 8/30/23)
- 2023 Heritage Limited Edition / Robin’s Egg Blue / 4dr / (stolen from my dealer 11/15/23)

I See Nothing!!

Feb 06, 2024

#6
I tend to agree a engine cover isn’t necessary, but that one doesn’t look bad.

BTW I don’t mind showing off my “Bosses “ engine.😉



Raise your hand if you’d love to have that option in the Bronco! ✋
‘23 Hot Pepper Red Wildtrak 2.7L-V6 4 dr. Hardtop Sas Lux and Lovin’ it!!
Buking Bronco, Mike Y

Rank IV

Feb 06, 2024

#7
Raise your hand if you’d love to have that option in the Bronco! ✋

Yah, and it only weighs 4 pounds more than the 2.7

Rank II

Feb 06, 2024

#8
I would add a plastic one but not metal. My opinion

Rank II

Feb 07, 2024

#9
Hey All You Broncoians! I am looking to clean up the look of my engine compartment, for no reason other than I prefer the look. I really like the look and style of the JCR one from the image. My only question is . . . anyone that has added a engine cover, do you have any overheating issues? The JCR website says that they have not had any issues, but I don't imagine that they would say that, "Yes, these make your engine overheat" in the product description. Ford engineers didn't put a cover there for a reason and I can only come up with two options. 1. Engine overheating issues and no cover provides for needed airflow circulation. The 2nd reason, We can save a whole $8.99 on each engine that we don't put a cover on!

Either way I would like to know!

Thanks Folks!

I heard somewhere that the reason Ford left off the cover was because they did some focus groups and the groups voted down the cover. I like the JCR cover, but my Bronco weighs enough already. To me at this point, every ounce matters.
extra toasty

Rank II

Feb 07, 2024

#10
I have googled search how to clean up the Bronco engine bay with no results besides the small cover. There is no good reason besides saving a couple bucks to put out a squirrels nest like these. Most people may not car but I like a tidy engine bay. OCD
Deano Bronc, the poacher

Captain Jack Hammer

Feb 08, 2024

#11
I have the JCR engine cover on my 2.7... I like it, no issues with overheating.

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Toothless, the poacher

Rank VI

Feb 08, 2024

#12
I have the JCR engine cover on my 2.7... I like it, no issues with overheating.

What did you use for the Bronco logo? I like the look
the poacher

Rank VI

Feb 08, 2024

#13
Everyone, thank you for your replies! I think that I may be gifting it to myself for my birthday, in June.😀
the poacher, Bschurr

Captain Jack Hammer

Feb 08, 2024

#14
For the stencil I simply found a bucking bronco image online, copied it to PowerPoint and sized it to the size I wanted, printed it on a sheet of adhesive backed label printer stock, then carefully cut out the image with an Exacto knife. You could use card stock or even paper if you were careful & gentle with the spray paint. The label stock allows you to stick it to the engine cover & not have bleed out around the stencil edges. Used Rustoleum Ford blue high heat engine spray paint. The 2.7 numbers I painted by hand with a small paintbrush using the same paint sprayed heavily onto a coffe can lid used as a palette.
Bschurr, RobWTx

Rank V

Feb 09, 2024

#15
My engine has never overheated, never even run warmer than it did without the engine cover. People that don’t have engine covers can’t believe that it doesn’t even really get hot. I can drive around on a Texas 100 degree day, open the hood and rest my hand on the engine cover without removing it and it only feels warm. I’ve even put a laser thermometer on the metal engine cover and it never registered over 120 degrees.

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Toothless, Deano Bronc

Rank General

Feb 12, 2024

#16
My engine has never overheated, never even run warmer than it did without the engine cover. People that don’t have engine covers can’t believe that it doesn’t even really get hot. I can drive around on a Texas 100 degree day, open the hood and rest my hand on the engine cover without removing it and it only feels warm. I’ve even put a laser thermometer on the metal engine cover and it never registered over 120 degrees.

Nice job on your engine cover, it looks great. Good to read that the cover does not retain heat to any degree. Thanks for sharing.
retiredarmymp

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