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Old 02-12-2007, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Blocking the Radiator in COLD Weather ???

Does this practice of placing cardboard (or plastic) in front of the radiator do any good in cold weather ??

If so, when "should" one do it and what are the benefits ??
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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do not place a piece of cardboard in front of your radiator.. that is bad.. moparman will better enlighten you..


either buy a cold front or what i did was cut up and old roofing sign (plastic sign they put in your yard hwen you get a new roof) and just slid that in behind my grill and kinda ziptied it to the back of the grill. ill take pix tommorow..
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Unless you are frequently running your truck in below freezing temps, I wouldn't bother. It is -24 degrees celsius (-10 farenheit or so) today where I live. I definitely put mine to good use! Lots of grill covers out there. Cloudrider is a good one.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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do not place a piece of cardboard in front of your radiator.. that is bad..
Why is it bad ??
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeha why? i run mine all the time like that...tell me if im doing something wrong please thanks
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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With cardboard directly over the radiator it's possible of blocking to much air, depending on what your outside temps are. Keep an eye on all your temps if that's how you want to roll. You may be able to get away with it in AK, but I wouldn't run it in OH. This is my first winter in OH running Cold fronts and I really don't think they're neccessary so long as your plugged in over night. Cold fronts were almost a perminent fixture while I lived in AK.

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Old 02-12-2007, 09:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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With cardboard directly over the radiator it's possible of blocking to much air, depending on what your outside temps are. Keep an eye on your all your temps if that's how you want to roll. You may be able to get away with it in AK, but I wouldn't run it in OH. This is my first winter in OH running Cold fronts and I really don't think they're neccessary so long as your plugged in over night. Cold fronts were almost a perminent fixture while I lived in AK.
Well today I had to go back to town "after my truck sat outside for 5 hrs in 21 degree temp " it took almost 14 miles of driving at 55 MPH for it to warm up to full operating temp and I had only had one flap open on my winter front. Before I got my front I could drive 16 miles at 55MPH and still not be a full operating temp driving and I could do the same if I drove 70 MPH for 10 miles. I only plug mine in if the outside temp is in the below zero or colder range and then only for 2-3 hours as an aid for easier start up and not for heat.



My self I think winter fronts are a good thing to have. And for the ones who use cardboard I would think if your careful and don't block to much air to the radatior it would help to warm up the engine a lot faster then nothing at all. I have also had my Winter Front on with all four flaps open and the outside temp go up to 57 degrees @70 MPH and it did not over heat nor did it ever get over 200 degrees as per my temp gauge.

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i have run a piece of cardboard in between my radiator and intercooler all winter so far without any problems. you just need to cut a circle in the center about 6-8 inches. the temps here have been up in the 60's here lately and i have had no problems with overheating. i would not recomend covering the intercooler with the cardboard.
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it took almost 14 miles of driving at 55 MPH for it to warm up to full operating temp
you might want to try changing the t-stat as i had the same problem until i put in a new one, it made a huge difference!!
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Biggest downside of using cardboard is it will get soggy and create problems if it gets wet, and is installed in a tight or enclosed area like between the intercooler and radiator on our trucks. Can you imagine how big a pain it would be to get out if it got wet?

That said, that's what I recently started using on mine - and it will come out in a hurry if I encounter snow or ice!
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Cepp Came up with using a piece of Plexy Glass with a hole cut in the center seemed to work real slick like just droped in

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Here's another thread with some more detail on winter fronts
http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/ge...ld-fronts.html
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you could get some corrugated plastic like they use for those "work from Home ask me how" sings. I think that the guys that do vinyl graphics use that stuff to make sings.
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