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How do you keep the bugs off the radiator(s)?

On my old 97 7.3 I made a screen out of a screen material that looked like " square stuff. It covered the grill opening and was held in place with the hood slamming down on it. It kept june bugs, bumble bees, butterflys and boulders out of the radiator(s). Little stuff still snuck in but they were no big deal.

Now that I have a 2016 I see no way to cob up a similar setup. And I read somewhere that some bug screens can actually cause overheating because not enough air can get through, especially of you start a bug collection on a trip. We took a quick 400 mile road trip yesterday and when we got home, noticed a collection of 'buggage' building up on the radiator(s).

Can anyone suggest a possible solution to this problem?

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I use the Fia grill cover/screen. I bought the one that includes the solid cover and the bug screen.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...Desc=0&_sop=15

or you can just get the bug screen

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...acat=0&_sop=15

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I use the Fia grill cover/screen. I bought the one that includes the solid cover and the bug screen, or you can just get the bug screen

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...acat=0&_sop=15

Hmmm. I like it. You've never had any overheating issues, even in summer towing? Not sure I even believe that overheating claim anyway . . . Thanks!

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No, not with the bug screen has there been issues of any sorts. I installed it on my 2015 a few days after I bought it in June of 2014 and have only removed it a few times to wash behind it. It fits snug and doesn't flop around like one that straps on.

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It fits snug and doesn't flop around like one that straps on.
I've got a so-called 'bug deflector' on my hood. Hopefully that won't cause any problems. All the pictures on eBay for the "Fia GS902-18 Custom Fit Grille Bug Screen" show an F-150, which looks (and is) totally different.


Oh, and just how does this screen attach? It's hard to tell in the pictures. If I'm not cruising the highway I'd like to be able to take it off.
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Those are stock photos for the ebay. The screen and cover have snaps. You have snaps that use 3M double sided automotive tape to stick the snaps to the grill.

I do not see why you want to remove it once installed. I do not take mine off. If I lived in the cold climate, i would swap the screen for the cover and then back when it warms up.

here are a few photos....they are not the best angles but might give you and idea....
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I do not see why you want to remove it once installed. I do not take mine off.
I want to show off my cool replacement grill -

Thanks for the pics. Now I know how it looks and will most likely get one. Damned bugs!

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