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The bottom opening for turbo intercooler and condenser is wide open to stone chips, rocks, tar and other debris that can fly in there with highway driving.

would it be a good idea to tie wrap some gutter guard in front of it? there should still be airflow but would block larger rocks from doing damage.

I know my 2006 civic condenser looked like Swiss cheese from 170k miles. it caused the AC to leak out and many people had issues with it.

see attached - I would just cut into two strips, one for top, and one for bottom and use black tie wraps to secure it
 

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The bottom opening for turbo intercooler and condenser is wide open to stone chips, rocks, tar and other debris that can fly in there with highway driving.

would it be a good idea to tie wrap some gutter guard in front of it? there should still be airflow but would block larger rocks from doing damage.

I know my 2006 civic condenser looked like Swiss cheese from 170k miles. it caused the AC to leak out and many people had issues with it.

see attached - I would just cut into two strips, one for top, and one for bottom and use black tie wraps to secure it
What I read in another forum about this, is leave it alone, it needs as much air as possible
 

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Just because it's 117 degrees outside doesn't mean it's 117 when the car is moving. the intercooler needs airflow to help cool the air coming from the turbo exhaust side. the air coming from the exhaust is hotter than 117 degrees anyway so even a 117 degree wind cooling the intercooler will help. the colder the better. :)
 

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Am I wrong to say the intercooler only gets hot (and needs the most cooling) when you are really using the turbo (accelerating)? If thats the case I won't have much issue because most of the time I am a hypermiler trying to avoid any heavy acceleration. I only need it when entering the freeway.

Note: by not doing this protection grille, you will eventually have airflow restriction anyways from all the bent pins from rock damage. Will need to straighten the fins periodically
 

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If you're speaking from experience I say go for it. If in your experience the condenser has been too abused for your liking, protect it. There's absolutely no shot that a small piece of mesh is going to be the source of things over heating. No shot sorry, this isn't a race car.
 

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Am I wrong to say the intercooler only gets hot (and needs the most cooling) when you are really using the turbo (accelerating)? If thats the case I won't have much issue because most of the time I am a hypermiler trying to avoid any heavy acceleration. I only need it when entering the freeway.

Note: by not doing this protection grille, you will eventually have airflow restriction anyways from all the bent pins from rock damage. Will need to straighten the fins periodically

The fins do not have anything to do with the airflow, the fins help spread the heat allowing it to cool down sort of like the radiator. The horizontal bars is where the air will flow through and the fins will allow the hot air to escape through them.

Am I the only owner who has been racing the civic around? :)
 

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Protection is important for the intercooler. Nobody wants to have everything torn apart to replace an expensive intercooler that is not easy to get to. Come to think of it I would even consider a metal custom framed window screen to avoid all the small rocks from smashing the fins.
 

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Protection is important for the intercooler. Nobody wants to have everything torn apart to replace an expensive intercooler that is not easy to get to. Come to think of it I would even consider a metal custom framed window screen to avoid all the small rocks from smashing the fins.
I'd like to think if this were truly an issue, Honda would have dealt with it?
 

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You are probably right..Honda designs for normal driving conditions, but I drive through construction zones all the time. Unfortunately I can't change my commute right now

However, MANY people had problems with their condensers leaking in Gen 8 Civics from rock damage. It usually doesn't show itself until well past the 36k mile warranty. I would say it happens after about 90K miles for us commuters in the rust belt where there is always road repair, gravel, rocks.
 

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You are probably right..Honda designs for normal driving conditions, but I drive through construction zones all the time. Unfortunately I can't change my commute right now

However, MANY people had problems with their condensers leaking in Gen 8 Civics from rock damage. It usually doesn't show itself until well past the 36k mile warranty. I would say it happens after about 90K miles for us commuters in the rust belt where there is always road repair, gravel, rocks.
Perhaps for extreme conditions like yours yes
 
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