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post #1 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Front cover rocks!

We started to have some cold mornings here and my switch over times were 7+ miles. Not good.

I went looking for a front cover to try to help my truck warm up faster and keep warm in slow traffic. This thing works very well and it looks better than any goofy thing I can build

WF922-7 | Fia Vinyl Grille Winter Cold Front & Bug Screen Combo

It also comes with a screen for summer use to keep the bugs out. There are 2 little windows on the front that can open and close very easy. The other morning it was 38 when I left my house and I was switching over (at 170 coolant and 155 ish EOT) in 3-4 miles! Before that would be 8 or so miles. Next big thing this cover did was help keep my truck warm when we get into heavy traffic. when its less than 50 out I will drop down to less than 160 EOT really quick in the slow morning crawl. with the cover on I have yet to see anything below 170 EOT even in the slowest traffic.

Install is simple. The snaps are peel and stick. I am going to put some screws through the 4 corners soon just to be safe.

I have run this cover with the 2 windows open (running empty) at 75 degress out and the truck runs fine. It will hang at about 195 to 205 EOT. If it gets much hotter I would take the cover off. Removing it is also simple, just pull it off and the stick on snaps stay in place.




Here is the screen, you get the idea...



the only down side is my girl says my truck looks lame now. she says it looks like I am playing dressup with my truck

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I have one on my truck too. Once i put it on the truck warms up quicker with hotter heat!

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That looks pretty much the same as what I have. I need to get mine on soon as well. Getting cold here as well.

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what is the cost of one of those. I am seeing drops of 160 degrees to 140 in less then 2 minutes. Im going to wrap my heat exchanger in insulation also to help out.
ok just saw link

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its hard to find one for the OBS. i found one once but cant seem to again.

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I ordered mine from these people Alaska Tent & Tarp :: Vehicle Grill Covers

Great to work with...I will have it next week. I hear good things of their quality. It was $70 to my door. I will let y'all know how it is.


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Before I order one here is a question: my radiator sticks down past the bumper so is this cover going to be enough just by covering the grill area?

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I had mine made for $30 bucks. It has a zipper down the middle for adjusting air flow. I had a local canvas shop make it for me. Its basically the same one as the alaska tent and tarp one. I bought one from them before and it was great but too much money.

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Before I order one here is a question: my radiator sticks down past the bumper so is this cover going to be enough just by covering the grill area?
there will still be some air flow that makes it in from below the cover. this just cuts back a ton of the air and helps the truck run warmer. I am thinking of making some plates or something to cover some more down there.

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I had mine made for $30 bucks. It has a zipper down the middle for adjusting air flow. I had a local canvas shop make it for me. Its basically the same one as the alaska tent and tarp one. I bought one from them before and it was great but too much money.
I thought about making something out of canvas but after seeing this one for $55 I just ordered it. I could not build one as nice as this and it woudl not be much less either.

I drove home from work the other day and it was 81 out. I left the cover on just to see what would happen. I opened the 2 vents and saw 209 max EOT. Not too bad. I would NOT tow ANYTHING with the cover on. but empty with the windows open you can run it up to 80 deg.

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Well I dont have time to order one so me and my wife decided to make a template out of cardboard and cover it with some walmart 3$ cardboard. Did a test run tonight and got Engine coolant to 190 degrees and veggie oil to 120 degrees in about 3 miles which is not bad considering it 35 degrees outside.

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