MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2
MISHIMOTO MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2

MMBCC-FOST-13PBE2

Mishimoto® (13-18) Ford Focus ST 3 fl oz PCV Side Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit

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    Compatible: (2.0L)

    2013 - 2018 Ford Focus ST

     

    After installation, Mishimoto recommends checking the contents of the baffled catch cans every 500 miles until a baseline is established. Oil blow-by accumulation will vary with ambient temperatures and driving conditions. It is important that the contents of the can do not rise above the internal baffle.The engine’s intake manifold needs to be removed to install this product, please reference our installation video for an easy step-by-step process on how to successfully remove and reinstall the intake manifold.

     

     

    The Mishimoto Focus ST Baffled Oil Catch Can is designed and engineered to reduce carbon buildup, a common issue with direct fuel injection engines. Mishimoto engineers found that in most vehicles, placing the catch can in the vacuum-assisted PCV system of the vehicle yields the most amount of oil accumulation during normal and aggressive driving. While a catch can placed on the crankcase vent system on the left side of the engine yields very little accumulation on stock or lightly modified vehicles. Having only one catch can, tied into the PCV system, works best for the vast majority of Ford Focus STs on the road.

    The Mishimoto Focus ST catch can kit uses the patent pending Mishimoto 2-Port Compact Baffled Oil Catch Can, which is equipped with a 50-micron bronze filter and internal baffle to better separate oil from the crankcase vapors. The kit comes with two direct-fit, pre-molded hoses that connect the catch can with the crankcase and intake manifold. This kit includes one application-specific mounting bracket that not only is extremely easy to install, but also mounts the can in a serviceable location, right next to the engine’s oil drain plug! Two CNC-machined aluminum barb fittings connect the hoses to the can. Like all of our products, this baffled catch can kit comes with the Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty!

    Our catch cans are different from most air-oil-separator (AOS) systems on a few levels. First, our catch cans are not heated. This means that all of the blow-by is able to condense in the can, including low-octane oil vapors and contaminated fuel vapors. Most AOS systems also drain the blow-by back into the oil pan, while our catch cans trap the blow-by and keep it out of the engine permanently. If you’ve seen what we’ve seen in the bottom of our catch cans, you won’t want that draining back into your oil either.

    • Direct fit for the 2013–2018 Ford Focus ST
    • Single can mounts in line with the PCV system to separate oil from air using a 50-micron bronze filter
    • Helps reduce carbon buildup on intake valves
    • Patent pending billet 6061 aluminum can sealed with Viton™ O-rings
    • Robust, application-specific bracket mounts the can in a serviceable location next to transmission
    • Includes pre-molded hoses for simplified installation
    • CNC-machined aluminum barbed fittings ensure a sturdy connection between lines and can
    • Catch can has a 3 oz. capacity for longer servicing intervals
    • Internal air diverter increases air turbulence to improve oil separation
    • Helps maintain proper octane levels to reduce potential detonation
    • Filter and can are fully serviceable
    • Patent pending
    • Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty


    VEHICLE SPECS

    ENGINE CODES 2.0L EcoBoost
    CHASSIS CODES C-Car Platform
    FITS 2013-2018 Ford Focus ST


    PRODUCT SPECS

    OVERALL HEIGHT 3.8"
    OVERALL DIAMETER 2.5"
    INLET 3/8"
    OUTLET 3/8"
    DRAIN PLUG THREAD SIZE 3/8" NPT
    CAPACITY 3 fl oz
    ASSEMBLED WEIGHT 0.9 lbs
    MATERIAL 6061 Aluminum
    INSTALL TORQUE SPECS 22 in-lbs (2.5N*M) recommended for all worm-gear clamps. These clamps have an operating range of 18-27 in-lbs 2-3N*M. Do not exceed the maximum torque rating of 27 in-lbs (3N*M).
    BAFFLED True

     

    PURCHASE INCLUDES

    (1) Compact Baffled Oil Catch Can
    (1) Application-Specific Mounting Bracket
    (2) Direct-Fit Hoses
    (2) 1/2" Aluminum Barbed Fittings
    (4) Worm Gear Clamps
    Mounting Hardware
    Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty

     

    KEEP YOUR INTAKE CLEAN! FORD FOCUS ST CATCH CAN R&D, PART 1: INITIAL PROTOTYPE AND PROJECT DIRECTION

    Discussions around the community have covered the impact of oil within the intake system and its effect on valve buildup. In short, the lack of port injection (the EcoBoost uses direct injection) results in much of the oil within the intake system coating your valves. In a port-injection engine, the fuel passing over the valves works as a cleaning agent to prevent buildup. Without this happening, these buildups can restrict airflow and cause turbulence to airflow prior to entry into the combustion chamber.

    Why is oil in my intake? Your ST features a complex CCV (crankcase ventilation) system. Two primary lines make up the CCV system equipped on the EcoBoost engine. The first, the breather air line, routes from the valve cover to the intake piping. This line provides a light vacuum on the crankcase and is most used during wide-open throttle situations. The second, the ventilation line, routes from the side of the engine block to the intake manifold. This line utilizes the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve and features a higher vacuum source than the makeup air line. The ventilation line is used during idle and part-throttle driving situations. The in-line valve works to eliminate the pressure from the intake manifold from reaching the crankcase. These two hoses/lines will function together to provide optimal crankcase pressures for efficient operation. Engines typically function better with a slight vacuum on the crankcase.

    Now, valve coking is not the end of the world and can certainly be cleaned. That said, preventive maintenance is always a great idea, especially if you intend to own your ST for quite some time. We recently developed a catch-can setup for the new EcoBoost Mustang, and we saw some substantial fluid accumulations after a small amount of mileage. We expect similar results with the Focus!

    Initial Inspection

    Both online research and previous projects tell us that the primary culprit for oil contamination is the PCV line. The ST is equipped with a PCV line that comes off a plate on the front of the engine block and routes to the intake manifold. The inline valve opens and closes to bleed pressure from the crankcase without introducing positive pressure (boost) from the intake manifold.

    On the ST, this line is located under the intake manifold, necessitating removal of the manifold to fully evaluate the setup. Luckily this is quite an easy task and we had the manifold off in no time.

    Intake manifold removed
    Intake manifold removed

    Before looking at the PCV line itself, it we found that oil was very certainly present within the intake system on this vehicle that has been driven 16,000 miles.

    First, we found a decent amount of oil residue lingering right around the throttle body.

    Throttle body oil contamination
    Throttle body oil contamination

    Next, peering into the PCV line revealed some additional oil which would eventually make it into the manifold of this vehicle.

    PCV line oil buildup
    PCV line oil buildup

    And finally, we peeked into a few of the valve ports to see what kind of buildup this ST already had. Not entirely surprising, these valves are pretty well coked with buildup.

    Focus ST valve buildup
    Focus ST valve buildup
    Focus ST valve buildup
    Focus ST valve buildup
    Focus ST valve buildup
    Focus ST valve buildup

    This was evidence enough to necessitate a solution to slow the progress of valve buildups. An effective catch-can solution should aid in keeping these valves cleaner for a longer time.

    PCV Line

    As we noted, our team hypothesizes that this particular line is going to produce the greatest amount of fluid/byproduct accumulation. After removing the intake manifold, this port is easily viewed.

    Focus ST PCV line
    Focus ST PCV line

    And here’s a close-up shot of this line.

    Focus ST PCV line
    Focus ST PCV line

    The quick connect fitting you see in the last image connects to a port on the intake manifold itself. The other end of this line also features a quick-disconnect fitting and mates with the PCV plate on the engine block. This is similar to the Mustang EcoBoost setup, although the connections are slightly different.

    Our plan with this line was to remove the connections from the line and mate them to our silicone lines. We could then run one line from the PCV plate to our catch can, and the second line from the catch can to the intake manifold. This would maintain functionality of the PCV system and offer the separation properties of having a catch can within the system.

    Breather Line

    On the ST, the breather line routes from the corner of the valve cover to the intake piping via a short hose. As with the PCV line, this port also uses a quick-disconnect fitting. The location is referenced in the image below.

    Focus ST breather line
    Focus ST breather line

    We will also be splicing into this line, which routes from the valve cover port to our catch can, and then from our catch can to the intake.

    Can Mockup and Results

    Before we jumped into a final product, we wanted to verify that each line needed to be addressed and treated to a catch can. Throwing a catch can within the breather line would be foolish if no accumulation ever actually appeared. Not only would it be a waste of resources, but our customers may be a bit upset knowing they could have simply gone with a single can setup.

    We selected a can location near the connection point on the hot-side intercooler pipe. Our bracket attachment point would be an open ear on the transmission. This mounting point will provide ample stability to support one or two of our catch can units.

    Catch can mockup
    Catch can mockup

    The location selected also provides short line routes that can be routed in a way that would not clutter the engine bay. In fact, the system is nearly unidentifiable once installed, keeping with our plans to make this a stock-appearing setup.

    Catch can mockup
    Catch can mockup

    This location will provide access to draining upon normal servicing. When you change your oil, you can also easily empty the contents of the catch can.

    Catch can mock-up
    Catch can mock-up

    Do keep in mind that this bracket is a very, very rough prototype. It is in place to collect some quick data for fluid accumulation per line. Our final bracket will be much more refined, but our plan is to mount it to the same attachment point.

    Mishimoto Baffled Catch Can

    One of the key components within this kit is the catch can itself. Without an efficient can, offering a direct-fit kit would seem foolish. We have been using our compact baffled catch can in a variety of direct-fit kits. Check out a shot of the internals below!

     

    Mishimoto compact baffled oil catch can internals

    As you can see, we use an internal baffle as well as a bronze filter. Basic specs are noted below.

    • 100% billet 6061 aluminum sealed can
    • 50 micron bronze filter
    • Serviceable filter
    • Removable plug on base of can for fluid removal
    • Internal air diverter turbulates air longer for improved separation

    The internal baffling works as a dual-purpose component. First, it provides additional internal surface area for fluid condensation. Second, the baffle prevents fluid within the can from sloshing about during cornering or bumpy terrain.

     

    Initial Testing Results

    This mockup system was installed on our test vehicle immediately after it arrived. We then put some miles on the car in an attempt to build up accumulation from each line. We kept this system in place during our oil cooler testing in order to maximize mileage on the system and obtain the best results possible.

    Once we had accumulated some mileage, we removed the base for each catch can to evaluate our byproduct. As our engineers had assumed, the breather line was completely dry. Although it had the scent of oil, there was no moisture present in the can.

    Opening the PCV can revealed some buildup, actually much more than we expected for such a short time period (Less than 100 miles).

    Check out a few shots!

     

    PCV catch can accumulation
    PCV catch can accumulation
    PCV catch can accumulation
    PCV catch can accumulation

    I’d say a catch can is a good idea!

    Coming Up!

    Now that we had settled on the bracket location, a target CCV line, and our catch can selection, we could make a more appropriate bracket prototype. Check back for a look at the fabrication of this component as well as our plans for collecting more testing data.

     

    Catch can bracket fabrication
    Catch can bracket fabrication

     

    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.

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