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Old 06-13-2013, 06:24 AM   #1
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I don't have a current issue, but am always concerned about waste heat management. I have a winch that partially blocks the grill, spotlights mounted in front of the grill, and Rugged Ridge inserts on the way. That got me to thinking about the subject.

My first thought was to wonder if a radiator or supplemental radiator could be mounted on the hood like the HMMWV. Lots of work, but an interesting idea. So I ran a search to find out if anyone else had done it and found this.

The concept is simple and makes sense. I'm curious if anyone has tried it and whether it seemed to help. With so many people adding decals to their hoods that look just like this, seems a little more money and effort could provide form and function together.

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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I put the one on from Hyline, basically the same thing. Lots of heat pours out of that thing. The temp gauge seems to stay about 1 tick lower than before I put it on, so not a huge difference as the engine temp is regulated by the T=stat. But it does help remove heat from the engine compartment.

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I have the Poison Spyder one. You can see the heat rising as it escapes. Probably has little to no effect on the actual engine temperature but has to help reduce the compartment temp. In addition, it really looks cool. I believe there are pictures in my Jeep profile.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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I have the Poison Spyder one. You can see the heat rising as it escapes. Probably has little to no effect on the actual engine temperature but has to help reduce the compartment temp. In addition, it really looks cool. I believe there are pictures in my Jeep profile.
Sure, the thermostat is going to keep the temp from falling. I just want some insurance that it isn't going to rise.

Thanks for the feedback. I guess both of you cut out the largest area you could under it and left the cross members in place?
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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Yes, the PSC comes with a template and you cut out quite a bit of the hood. You also do leave the crossmembers in place.

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Old 06-13-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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I guess both of you cut out the largest area you could under it and left the cross members in place?
Correct. There is a template for the cuts:

http://poisonspyder.com/assets/insta...ate%20Rev2.pdf

On mine, we went with the recommended cuts instead of the optional larger cut area. Makes the front 2 louvers non-functional vs. functional is the main difference.

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