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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fair lawn NJ
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Radiator grill cover results
Well I installed a winter grill cover on my rig. What a difference. This morning it was 13*. Truck was plugged in all night like it always is. The truck started even easier then normal. I guess the cover keeps the wind out of the engine bay. Driving I noticed the temps were warmer than previous cold days. Idleing is where I really noticed the difference. I was on a road side job today with the warning lights running and inverter going. Normally in these temps the truck starts to high idle after about ten minutes. Today, the truck went hours on end without high idleing. I did check the EGT gauge just to keep an eye on things. Normally in these temps it will fall to 250-300 before high idle kicks in. Well the cover kept the EGT's at 400* which I guess is enough to keep the high idle at bay. On the road, the temps would rise faster under load, but still never exceded 850*. I also was working the truck and not raceing it. I will have to keep an eye on fuel mileage, but I would assumeit would go up a little or stay the same. I know my buddies Peterbilt benifits slighty from his cover. I got the cover from Cabelea's and it cost about $45. It took about 30 minutes to install. It also came with a bug screen but I'm not sure if I'll use that.
2004 F350 CC long bed 4x4
4" silverline turbo back, Airaid intake, Zoodad
2.5 skyjacker leveling kit with airbags in rear
Auto Meter pyro, boost, trans gauges
And one pretty red paintjob
"Is your truck broken???, No, it's stroking"