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Lower rad/condenser / intercooler is vulnerable to damage from debris and in snow country damage from the rocks in the sand used for road sanding.


On my 9th gen I screened off the area behind the grill and it worked wonders. I already installed one on my new 10th.


All it is is the plastic screen gutter guard that you get for 25' for $3 at the dollar Tree etc.


All I do is cut it to size by laying it over the front lower grill opening and cut with scissors. Then feed it through a grill opening on one end and pull it up against the back of the grill. To attach it I use the small black Zip Ties to secure it to the uprights in the grill opening and you cant see them at all.


http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/6e/6ebea642-e8cb-4897-9157-8fb31b5672e2_400.jpg
 

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Would that be the intercooler? Either way, you're right, if damaged by road debris, it would certainly mess up your week. :|
 

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I don't see how that will do much good, since its got decent size holes in it anyway.
 

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It would take the first hit from a large rock. Instead of the inter-cooler fins being damaged. Its an issue in construction zone areas, which is all summer where I live
 

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It would take the first hit from a large rock. Instead of the inter-cooler fins being damaged. Its an issue in construction zone areas, which is all summer where I live
Exactly , cheap to replace too. One roll at the $$ store is $3 and you get 25 feet. The mote Zip Ties you attach it with the stronger it is.
 

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Thanks for the pics! Looks like the gutter guard blends in perfectly and looks factory. Great license plate setup too! I would get that if having a front license plate showing all the time wasn't mandatory...
 

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Thanks for the pics! Looks like the gutter guard blends in perfectly and looks factory. Great license plate setup too! I would get that if having a front license plate showing all the time wasn't mandatory...

Manditory here too but enforcement is iffy ... I leave it down and just say " Rats .. just washed the car and forgot to put it up " Easy to make .
 

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I saw a hide away plate system online that tucks the plate away very clean under the bumper and comes motorized with a remote fob or just manual. Great thing to get for those willing to spend in the range of $50-150.
 

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I saw a hide away plate system online that tucks the plate away very clean under the bumper and comes motorized with a remote fob or just manual. Great thing to get for those willing to spend in the range of $50-150.
Saw them too. This system is just the cost of 4 hinges.
 

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I like your mod...a really cost-effective way to help protect the intercooler fins! I also like the front plate mod - but glad it's not required for me.
 

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Saw them too. This system is just the cost of 4 hinges.
Yeah that is the massive plus side to going that route and something that can be done immediately. However the ability to have your plate hidden and tucked away will appeal to some people, all depends on what someone wants to achieve.
 

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The hide-a-way license plate mount reminds me of the one I did for my old '83 Civic. I used a piece of piano hinge and a couple of small torsion springs from the hardware store. At speed, it would lay down from the air stream flowing into the lower grill. When you stopped, it would pop upright. Had to keep it lubed frequently to avoid the hinge getting corroded from salt and rain.
 

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Does home depot have gutter guards with smaller holes or are the hole size standard? The guard looks like it'll block off the larger chunks but I'd like to block the smaller rock debris too.
 

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Does home depot have gutter guards with smaller holes or are the hole size standard? The guard looks like it'll block off the larger chunks but I'd like to block the smaller rock debris too.
Even the aluminum stuff has holes this big. You dont want to reduce the air flow. After 5 winters of having these in my Civics I experienced virtually no concernable damage.
 

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How did you get access to place the screen behind? Where are the zip ties? I can barely see their placement and how many you used? I have not yet looked at these cars in detail beyond looking briefly on the lots. Great recommendation.
 

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How did you get access to place the screen behind? Where are the zip ties? I can barely see their placement and how many you used? I have not yet looked at these cars in detail beyond looking briefly on the lots. Great recommendation.
I cut it to size by laying it over the opening on the outside then folded it and slipped it through an opening on the right side . Zip ties were placed at the top and bottom of the grill uprights.
 
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