Honeycomb Radiator Protector

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Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:12 pm

I just purchased a new radiator and wanted something that would protect it from getting damaged as best I can. I remember seeing dirt track guys running these honeycomb radiator protectors and they seem to work without restricting airflow too much. Anyone ever use them or have opinions on them? They only run 30 bucks so they aren't real expensive.

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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby Krahammer » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:08 pm

I have not used that. I use aluminum gutter guards from Home Depot. They come in 5 or 6 inch width and cut to length. There is a ridge down one side that holds it off the radiator. I connect the pieces with tie-wraps and bolt the assembly to the radiator frame. Works really well and does not affect cooling.

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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:23 am

Krahammer wrote:I have not used that. I use aluminum gutter guards from Home Depot. They come in 5 or 6 inch width and cut to length. There is a ridge down one side that holds it off the radiator. I connect the pieces with tie-wraps and bolt the assembly to the radiator frame. Works really well and does not affect cooling.


Thanks Krahammer. I'll look into that.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby jeepinocala1111 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:32 am

While on a ride I saw a guy's radiator he had screen like on a window with the aluminum frame he said it works great that when it gets clogged you can simply tap it with your hand and everything falls off.

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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:47 am

jeepinocala1111 wrote:While on a ride I saw a guy's radiator he had screen like on a window with the aluminum frame he said it works great that when it gets clogged you can simply tap it with your hand and everything falls off.


Hmmm, that's interesting Jeep. I would have thought that the possibility of that screen ripping, or tearing would be high and the only thing keeping it in it's frame is a little piece of rubber tubing. I guess you could mount it so that the side with the rubber tubing is pressed up against the radiator to eliminate or minimize it's ability to pull out.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby jeepinocala1111 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:02 am

They sell metal screen and I believe he made his own frame.

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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby Krahammer » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:32 am

Here is a photo of mine, from gutter guard material.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:23 am

jeepinocala1111 wrote:They sell metal screen and I believe he made his own frame.


Aahh. I was thinking only of the fiberglass kind. Didn't remember the metal type of screen.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:25 am

Krahammer wrote:Here is a photo of mine, from gutter guard material.


That looks like that would fit the bill. Thanks for the photo Krahammer.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby digginfool » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:20 am

Here's what's on my DB. I highly recommend having something fairly heavy duty. A friend of mine almost lost an engine because the air cleaner bolt snapped off and went through the prop. The prop then faithfully handed it off to the radiator with great force, promptly blowing a hole clear through. He didn't have any type of screen like mine; bare radiator. Luckily, he shut it off before any damage but could have been bad.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby getchasumairboats » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:59 am

I have stainless expanded behind the radiator and house screen up front never had a problem
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby getchasumairboats » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:59 am

I know of others with stainless house screen in the front aswell and works great
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby bkmail » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:23 pm

I have built them out of aluminum and steel expanded metal with a 1" wide flatbar aground the exterior to fasten it to the radiator.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby glades cat » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:02 pm

Good product. Cut to size. Use the fastener kit to attach to radiator or frame it and mount it. If mounting directly against radiator, use rubber dampeners in between to isolate vibrations and prevent abrasion damage.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:01 pm

digginfool wrote:Here's what's on my DB. I highly recommend having something fairly heavy duty. A friend of mine almost lost an engine because the air cleaner bolt snapped off and went through the prop. The prop then faithfully handed it off to the radiator with great force, promptly blowing a hole clear through. He didn't have any type of screen like mine; bare radiator. Luckily, he shut it off before any damage but could have been bad.


That's the kind of stuff i want to protect my new radiator from. That looks really heavy duty. Good design and doesn't look like it will block airflow any. Thanks for the photo Diggin'.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:08 pm

getchasumairboats wrote:I have stainless expanded behind the radiator and house screen up front never had a problem


I have seen so many airboats with no protection that I was beginning to think that the reason was because it restricted airflow too much. Glad to see that you and others do have some layer of protection on the radiators. I guess it all boils down to personal choice on the design but I like simple. Thanks for the reply getchasum.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:10 pm

bkmail wrote:I have built them out of aluminum and steel expanded metal with a 1" wide flatbar aground the exterior to fasten it to the radiator.
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Bkmail, that seems to be the prevailing design from what I can see. Maybe a few changes depending on the mounting options needed but very functional and simple. Thanks for the reply.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby BigDaddyT » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:12 pm

glades cat wrote:Good product. Cut to size. Use the fastener kit to attach to radiator or frame it and mount it. If mounting directly against radiator, use rubber dampeners in between to isolate vibrations and prevent abrasion damage.


Thanks Gladescat. Don't know much about it's longevity but it seems to do the job for the dirt track people. Glad to hear that it works on airboats also.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby Duff0113 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:25 am

You all just reminded me that I need to do this very same thing haha thanks guys :salute:

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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby PeaRiverOpossum » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:34 am

Anything you need here. Digginfool has a good point. Aluminum "screen" will NOT stop a bolt slung by the prop. I saw the same thing happen with a starter bolt.
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Re: Honeycomb Radiator Protector

Postby Krahammer » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:54 pm

Mine is intended to protect against brush and sticks puncturing the radiator when running willows or sticks. It is not intended to be bullet proof or to stop metal projectiles after bolt failure.


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