Catch can bracket fabrication

Keep Your Intake Clean! Ford Focus ST Catch Can R&D, Part 2: Bracket Fabrication and Final Design

Interested in picking up this awesome catch can system? Check out our product page for more details.

Mishimoto Ford Focus ST Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit

After making mockups for our initial setup and evaluating short-term testing data, our team came to a few conclusions. First, we would be incorporating our catch can into the PCV line only. Our brief accumulation test showed that we had substantial fluid accumulation with the PCV line, while the CCV can ended up dry. Second, our mounting location was really subtle and created a factory-like fitment with no visible lines. Last, the ST produces quite a lot of contaminants even in a short period of time, so a catch can is going to be a great upgrade in terms of preventive maintenance.

Bracket Fabrication

Next on our to-do list was final bracket fabrication. Something more stout and aesthetically pleasing were our targets. We would also only need to accommodate one catch can as opposed to our original mockup bracket.

Time to fire up the welder and get to work.

Welding catch can bracket
Welding catch can bracket

With some fabrication work, we had a functional piece!

Catch can bracket fabrication
Catch can bracket fabrication
Catch can bracket fabrication
Catch can bracket fabrication

As you can see, the mounting post for the bracket is notched to prevent movement once installed. The bracket will be constructed from steel and will have more than enough strength to support our catch can assembly.

Next, we added on the actual bracket, which mounts to the catch can lid.

Catch can bracket fabrication
Catch can bracket fabrication

Check out a few shots of this guy mounted in place!

Catch can bracket prototype mounted
Catch can bracket prototype mounted
Catch can bracket prototype mounted
Catch can bracket prototype mounted

We mentioned that the lines would be hidden from view once this kit was fully installed. Here is a look from below showing the route splicing into the PCV line.

Catch can line route
Catch can line route

Final Prototype

After solidifying fitment, we finalized our prototype and splashed some paint on it.

Final catch can bracket prototype
Final catch can bracket prototype
Final catch can bracket prototype
Final catch can bracket prototype
Final catch can bracket prototype
Final catch can bracket prototype

Additional Testing

After completing our prototype, we fully installed this setup on our test vehicle and sent the owner on his way. We wanted our kit to endure some typical road mileage so we could examine the fluid that accumulates.

Check back next time for a look at our results.

Discounted Pre Sale Information

On top of our final testing results, we will also be launching a discounted presale for this catch can kit. Check back for details regarding the inclusions, estimated ship date, as well as our pricing for early adopters.

Thanks for reading!

-John

Interested in picking up this awesome catch can system? Check out our product page for more details.

Mishimoto Ford Focus ST Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit

 

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