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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-31-2005, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Intercooler/Radiator Protection

I have one small problem. It has not escalated to physical damage. The bottom part of the front spoiler does not have a mesh protector for the radiator/intercooler. I feel that a direct hit from a rock may seriously damage the radiator/intercooler (don't know exactly which one it is). Are there any aftermarket mesh components that will offer protection?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-31-2005, 07:39 PM
 
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You can get a screen but the charged air cooler can take a shot where it is located but it is a one in a million. Many after market but just more weight. Horsepower verses Weight. Pick your battles Luke !
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The thing you see through the front bumper would be your radiator, and yes any aftermarket mesh would probably help out just fine...
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Yeah i would add i mesh in front just to hide the radiator and keep it safe i have had my fair share of rock's hitting my car i got like four nice size chips in my window and a good bit of rock damage on the front of my car.



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Yeah I noticed the same thing after my highway trip.....bugs splattered all over the radiator. So being as I work in a machine shop, Im gonna have the CNC depatrment make me a custom grill/mesh to help out incase of something nasty slipping thru and making me very angry!
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Just for reference, SS's do not have an intercooler. Its a heat exchanger for the coolant that runs through the IC in your intake manifold, a radiator if you will. Just please people stop calling it an intercooler, because thats not what it is. If it was, you could also call your radiator an intercooler.
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Just for reference, SS's do not have an intercooler. Its a heat exchanger for the coolant that runs through the IC in your intake manifold, a radiator if you will. Just please people stop calling it an intercooler, because thats not what it is. If it was, you could also call your radiator an intercooler.
Ok thanks i was just saying that it needs to be protected form the roads in PA they suck a$$ and have alot of stones and i just don't want it get to many stones to it and possably have one freak stone take out my ratiator. But thanks for the info.




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Just for reference, SS's do not have an intercooler. Its a heat exchanger for the coolant that runs through the IC in your intake manifold, a radiator if you will. Just please people stop calling it an intercooler, because thats not what it is. If it was, you could also call your radiator an intercooler.
they do have a intercooler, it is air to water i think, do some research for it
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Sorry I meant they do not have a front mount intercooler. I forgot those 2 important words in that one But if you read more closely youll see I mentioned the IC in the intake manifold And yes it is air to water.
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Wow so much misinformation.
If a rock were to damage the silver radiator looking thing it would leave you without A/C as this part is called the "Air Conditioning Condenser" and is mounted directly in front of the radiator.
If you install any form of protection make certain that is does not restrict the airflow at all or the car may overheat on hot days when you are running the A/C.
This car is equipped with an Inter-Cooler just not these parts in the front so we will probably continue to call it an "Inter-Cooler" even though some guy thinks that we shouldn't.
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