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MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 12:50 AM

Covering the radiator, any unique/good ideas?
I have a 97 NO-AC Tj, so of course no condenser in front of the radiator to absorb some of the wind.

It has been below freezing for the last few days here in NY, and the Jeep takes a while to get upto running temp and it never really gets upto 210*. At idle it will get upto 190-200, but while driving it will stay at 170-180ish.

I just replaced the thermostat yest with a Stannt 195* (thinking mine was stuck open) but that wasn't the case. Still the same thing. :banghead:

This isnt REALLY a problem but i'd like to have it runnig at the recomended temps - 205-210.

Now for my question:

Anyone have any cool/easy/cheap ideas what to put in front of the radiator?

I had a cardboard box in there but it looks :9lame: and it doesnt let ANY air through so at idle the temps did exceed 210. :doh:

I was thinking a heavy duty air filter for an in house AC, or a thick net of some sort. Something that it also fairly easy to remove.

What have you guys done before?

Any good ideas or suggestions? :)

turdhurdler 12-14-2009 01:05 AM

Not really sure if this would help, but on the show "Ice Road Truckers", I belive they put like a mesh type of blanket across the grill. Kinda ugly, but may work for your needs.


MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 01:08 AM

Where can I go about getting some of that do you think?
HD maybe?

Anyone make a grill/kit like that btw? Quadratech maybe?

s3nt3nc3d 12-14-2009 02:43 AM

Go to home depot and pick up a piece of sheet metal like for ductwork...cut it to cover up like half your radiator and pick up a pack of zip ties. Drill holes in the sheet metal and zip tie it securely to your radiator. You could prolly do this with virtually anything...heck, a piece of tarp would prolly even work.

rrich 12-14-2009 03:41 AM

How 'bout a layer or two of the rubberized excelsior they use in swamp coolers?
It lets some air through, but not all of it. Stuff one behind the grill on the radiator. If it's not enough, add a 2nd one, if that's not ----.

MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 08:43 AM

I have been thinking of exactly that idea, zip-tieing something over it but i wasnt too thrilled about covering one half and not the other. I am not sure how good it will be in the long run to have one portion of the radiator hot and the otehr cold...

But RRICH, what exactly is rubberized excelsior? I am really liking your idea and I think thats pretty much exactly what i have been looking for!

Is that something Home Depot would have?

Do you guys think that this will withstand the air force at 60-70 mph or would it fall apart?

terrible2 12-14-2009 12:44 PM

Yea use what the truckers use, I remember seeing a thread about it before

MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 12:55 PM

What do the truckers use?

Atthehop 12-14-2009 01:21 PM

Truckers use what they call Winter Fronts. They have zippers on them so you can open little or a lot depending on the temperature. Not sure they make on small enough for w TJ.

MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 02:13 PM


im going to try and find it!

AK Jeep 12-14-2009 02:16 PM

cut a piece of cardboard that doesn't quite cover the whole radiator. slide it right in through the grill. it's -20 here and my cardboard is working just fine, the jeep warms up to 210 in a few minutes.

MYSTANGT 12-14-2009 02:44 PM

Found them but they are uglyyyy =/

I was really looking for something that will go behind the grille but in front of the rad. I think that i will stick to some home made stuff as everythng I found mounts externally and i dont like that to be honest.

Wyominer 12-15-2009 02:38 PM

Were experiencing -20's off an on here. I use a soda 12 pak box opened along the seams, tucked behind the grill. It blocks most of the rad., but still lets some air pass through. Helps GREATLY!n Do the same thing with my toyota pick-up. Cheap too!

rrich 12-15-2009 03:57 PM

Blocking off only part of the radiator won't hurt a thing.
In new york you may not have swamp cooler stuff, but Home Depot here carries it.
You could also find a heater filter that would go in. Flexible would let you shove it between the grill and radiator.

I like the idea of a soda carton - done right "7 UP" or "Bud Light" could be readable.

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