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Yes 7 63.64%
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:33 AM
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Question Grill Jackets

I live in Idaho and we have some cold NorthWest Winters. I know that there is a valve in the exhuast system to help the truck warm up faster, but is a grill jacket or cover worth getting. All of the diesel busses and big rigs aroung here seem to have them, but I'll be darned if I can find a local retailer ~ even the dealer is unsure where to get on for my rig... imagine that, a dealer who can't find parts to mark up...!

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:53 AM
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They're a waste of money, and look like crap, IMO.
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How can a grill jacket be a waste of money. Anything that covers the grill during cold weather is going to help maintain engine heat. You could use cardboard but a cover looks better IMO
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:02 PM
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Anyone know where to order one on line?
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A buddy of mine did some testing with a cover (well cardboard) a couple winters ago. Ultimately, his conclusion was that the cover made NO differance.

Testing was done at both highway and in town speed, using block heater and not. He kept a log of all the specifics (daily temps, speed, warm up time, engine operating temps, ect)

It all pointed to the fact that the cover did NOTHING. Just use the block heater, put antigell in the fuel, and wear a warm jacket.
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:51 PM
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I know my truck heats up quciker with it on.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:34 PM
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I live in Idaho and we have some cold NorthWest Winters. I know that there is a valve in the exhuast system to help the truck warm up faster, but is a grill jacket or cover worth getting. All of the diesel busses and big rigs aroung here seem to have them, but I'll be darned if I can find a local retailer ~ even the dealer is unsure where to get on for my rig... imagine that, a dealer who can't find parts to mark up...!

Scott
I have a grill cover on mine and I know it heats up better but it does nothing for helping it start when cold. I don't have any solid evidence, but I think my rig runs better in cold weather when I have the grill cover on. I have been in some really cold weather were without a grill cover, I could hardly get any heat. I have used cardboard but it gets wet and becomes a mess. I will agree that grill covers are hard to find and the ones you do find not worth the price. Take a look at mine and let me know what you think. This grill cover is held on with velcro. I really didn't want to drill holes in the grill to use snaps.

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Old 11-12-2009, 09:19 PM
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scott call up or go down to the cover shop in meridian and see i they can make you something. they do a great job. i used them for my boat top and cover. it might be a route to take and its local
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It was pretty damn cold here in northern IL last year too and I seen no need for one....
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:52 AM
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I think they are worth it if you are in a cold enough area.
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