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Very easy grill block

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In my first post I propose a very easy grill block made with a clear acrylic sheet you can cut with scissors and tie with 'cable tie plastic'.

In summer with 25-30ºC, perhaps I must eliminate it.

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nicely done. reminds me of mcrews setup
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i like.
i bought'd thicker lexan, thinking i;d make time to properly trim it so it would fill and recess (but stay flush) into the odd shape of my grill. plus i will need to leave an opening to access the hood release.

i;ve not made time to trim this for 2 months. i was using blue painter tape on my grill until a couple weeks ago.
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There are a lot of grille blocks in this area. Cardboard and twist ties are not rare. The most popular type is plain stainless steel sheet with a few small slits, apparently robot-cut for many popular trucks. The older classic is the more universal, overall-coverage black, quilted type with a few flaps that can be tied up on warmer days. I've yet to see any stealthy blocks - running without one here is a bad maintenance, or laziness.
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In summer with 25-30ºC, perhaps I must eliminate it.
You should experiment with making the block smaller. Once you know how large it should be at what time of the year, you can make different blocks for summer and winter, or add an extra winter cover to the summer block.

Since you have a turbodiesel, it is probably quite efficient, so it takes a long time to warm up, and doesn't overheat too often (especially if you ecodrive). This should let you get away with at least a partial block for most of the year.

Have you blocked the lower grille, under the bumper? Start blocking from the sides and work your way towards the center. If you can, keep the upper grille blocked year round and experiment with the lower grille. You may also try an openable block, such as mine:



You can read about it here in my modding thread.
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Thanks Piwoslaw,
I leaved open the lower grille because in the mediterranean coast (where I live) outside temperature is allways positive.
Now I will check engine temperature in warmer days and I'll consider your modd if needed.

And old version of 'adjustable' grill block.

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Very clean looking modification. Added to the project library.
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I like the clear look, makes it less noticable on the road and thus less stares. What kind of plastic did you use and where did you happen to purchase it?
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I like the clear look, makes it less noticable on the road and thus less stares. What kind of plastic did you use and where did you happen to purchase it?
+1. And the thickness. I always ask how thick the material is. Always.

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