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Old 09-20-2008, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys i need your help on which one of these two items is better for the winter coming up. I have checked already for the block heater cord and its not there so my question is do i buy just the cable with the plug end,
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER CABLE (FLEETGUARD) ('03-'07 DODGE)-Dodge Cummins and Ford Power Stroke Diesel Truck Accessories - Geno's Garage or do i go for the whole setup with the cord, two heated battery blankets, and a leather radiator cover.
MOPAR DIESEL COLD WEATHER KIT ('03-'08 DODGE)-Dodge Cummins and Ford Power Stroke Diesel Truck Accessories - Geno's Garage Last year i did ok but i never really got heat until i was almost all the way to work and i was surprised how well the cardboard between the intercooler and the radiator held up. I just dont want to freeze all the way to work this year. thanks
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i use some grille inserts, they are polished stainless, and block off the whole grille. worked great for me, but that was only gettin down to about 20* outside. i dunno if all you need is the plug for the block heater, but the block heater makes all the difference in the world for warmup time.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Go w/ just the cord. I've never been to mass in the winter but i don't believe it'll get near cold enough to need the whole get up. The battery blankets aren't really needed unless you're in extreme cold weather climate, below 0 at night on a consistent basis.
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Add a block heater to your truck and then get the 'cold weather front' from the dealer. It's like $150. It's a cover that goes in front of the radiator. It goes on in about 2 minutes, and has flaps to adjust airflow. It's a really nice piece. I love mine. Even though I only have 12 miles to work, I would barely have any heat by the time I got there. Now with the cold front cover, I get great heat and the MPG increased because the trucks up to operating temp.
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Here's a link to it I found on the web..... I just bought the front cover. I didn't want the battery warmers. It's all a Mopar peice, and it fits great. It fits behind the grill, in front of the condensor. You can't even see it when it's on. And to adjust airflow, you just pop the hood and pull one of the flaps open. Just like on a semi.

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Old 09-21-2008, 08:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks i didnt think the battery blankets are needed but it sure is nice to have a real radiator cover rather then a piece of cardboard
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It is a super nice cover. I looked at alot of grill inserts ans other types, and then I stumbled on the factory piece. I shoulda just looked there first! It's a great unit and for the $$ it is a really good investment. I really love mine. I put it on once the temps are at 30*F for good, then just close the flaps as needed as it gets colder out.

Just call up a dealer and order the front cover seperatly. No need for the batt. blankets. That's what I did.
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I have the battery blankets and block heater and i like the battery blankets, they keep them batts. warm. Since i have a grid heater delete i hope its gona start this winter. LOL
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I purchased the complete Mopar weather kit online and it was a lot cheaper then from my local dealer. Being in VT, you just never know when it will hit and stay below -20* in the dead of winter. It works great and very glad I purchased it. Have heat within a few miles of the house.

Where from MA? I grew up in Ashland/Framingham area and moved up here in 1986.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hey nutty im not that far down in mass im up in the dracut area right next to lowell. do you remeber where you got it for online genos is the cheapest place i found it online besides ebay if i keep an eye out.
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where is the plug to plug the cable in?
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't remember as it was last year that I bought it. But I do remember it was from a Dodge Dealer but out in the Midwest. It was about $75 cheaper then my local dealer, even with shipping. But it did show up online for then. Sorry.

For the plug, it replaced the current motor plug, the 2 battery plugs you would need to route over the radiator support. All in the instructions that were pretty good.

Thought about putting it back on this morning since it is foggy and about 37* outside. Hopefully it will get back up into the 60*'s today.
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