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Radiator Protector

I noticed that the lower part of the radiator (A/C condenser, I think) area is exposed to debris on my 2011 GT coupe, and decided to try the same protector used by dirt track racers - hopefully to avoid dents, and reduce bug build up.

Honey Comb Radiator Protectors

I ordered the 19" x 26" protector, and cut it down to cover the area below the bumper (about 7.5" high, width=radiator width), and secured it with zip ties at each end (looped around tubing at each side of the radiator). I removed the plastic radiator area top cover (snap fasteners) to slide the trimmed down protector into place. I have enough material left over to make a 2nd one, when needed.

I haven't seen any problems with overheating (even here in Arizona during the summer), and it's stayed secure for a 1200 mile road trip. I tried to get a photo from the front, and one from the top (looking down through the gap next to the hood latch).

I'm interested to know if anyone else has tried this approach, or something similar?

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i like it, saves from the bugs


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Does it increase the operating temperature of that Coyote engine?

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Interesting idea. I may have to look into this. The only thing I would do different would be to use black zips...

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Is that directly contacting the radiator core? If it is, I'd space it out. It'll eventually end up chafing and rubbing right through one of the core tubes. The nylon material that zip ties are made of can also saw through them, so I would think anything metal would be that much more of a no no.

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Yea i noticed all the bugs on mine yesterday, think ill just blow it off with the air compressor couple times a year.
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Radiator Protector

I just cut a piece of window screen material about two (2) inches wider and taller than my radiator and secured it in front of the radiator. Its super cheap and keeps your radiator from becoming clogged with insects during the summer.
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I know you said it has no overheating problems, but does it increase the operating temperature at all?

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I could not tell any difference on the temperature gauge with my honey comb screen on vs. off (100+ degrees ambient), when I first installed it, and no problems since then.

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I just cut a piece of window screen material about two (2) inches wider and taller than my radiator and secured it in front of the radiator. Its super cheap and keeps your radiator from becoming clogged with insects during the summer.
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if you put an intercooler in front of it then you wont have to worry about it. just kidding LOL.

seriously i dont think that you need to worry about it being exposed. you might be unlucky and get hit my a rock and bust a leak on it but is highly unlikely

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I really thought about doing the same to protect my intercooler from rocks. Guess I'll make a trip to Lowes now.

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AM has a lower billet grille on sale for 70$ Good airflow , fit and decent look. Had mine for a few years now.


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AM has a lower billet grille on sale for 70$ Good airflow , fit and decent look. Had mine for a few years now.

I had this part, too before I installed the RTR Splitter ... it worked well, fit well, and never came loose.
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I had this part, too before I installed the RTR Splitter ... it worked well, fit well, and never came loose.
...and I got my clearanced out for $26 shipped...lol

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