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Old 08-17-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Radiator damage, DIY grill screen

After going out on about a 75 mile trail in Southern California, some of the time behind an Xterra, some of the time in front, I discovered that my radiator looked like this:



Has anyone else had a problem with rocks/ dust literally beating the hell out of your radiator to the point that it looks like a jeep with 100k miles? Mine is a 2011 with only 20k on the clock! I have zero rock chips on the paint, I don't understand how it could have gotten that bad.

As a fix, I did the DIY gutter guard add on for about $40, which included $15 tin snips, a pretty cheap/ easy way to go. Here are the results:




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Old 08-17-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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Looks good!

The other thing we did to ours was to line the inside of the gutter guard material with a single sheet of window screening. That keeps out the smaller bugs and rocks that can still fit through those holes.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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After going out on about a 75 mile trail in Southern California, some of the time behind an Xterra, some of the time in front, I discovered that my radiator looked like this:

Has anyone else had a problem with rocks/ dust literally beating the hell out of your radiator to the point that it looks like a jeep with 100k miles? Mine is a 2011 with only 20k on the clock! I have zero rock chips on the paint, I don't understand how it could have gotten that bad.

As a fix, I did the DIY gutter guard add on for about $40, which included $15 tin snips, a pretty cheap/ easy way to go. Here are the results:
Wow, that's nasty. Is that sand, dirt and rocks? Or bent fins?
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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Could you have gotten a pressure washer too close?
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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I don't ever use a pressure washer. And yeah those are bent fins
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