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Old 11-16-2011, 07:48 PM
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After last week's elections, I "harvested" a rather large piece of coroplast, which I plan to create a lower grille block with. Is there anything I should look out for when doing this on an 08 Escape?
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

I always make sure to monitor the FWT when the grille block is on. Most of my driving is city streets though, so I rarely exceed 172F

I'm curious, are you only blocking the bottom section of the grille? I focus on the top half of the grille to retain as much heat as possible.
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

I was planning on leaving the lower in year round. It appears that the lower grille is radiator only, and the upper grille is a/c and radiator. At this point I don't want to mess with compromising the a/c system performance. In previous vehicles that I've tried grille blocking the a/c performance had greatly suffered before the engine ever got too warm. As it gets cooler I may experiment with partially blocking the upper with clear packing tape as a temporary measure.
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

Well, I took the upper grille off and fitted a piece of coroplast to the lower grille. While I had the upper grille off, I also fitted a piece to the lower half of the upper grille. I have "painted" the pieces with black rubberized undercoating, and they're laying out in the sun to dry before I secure them in and put the grille back on.
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

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...I have "painted" the pieces with black rubberized undercoating, and they're laying out in the sun to dry before I secure them in and put the grille back on.


Unless it dries very thoroughly it will likely be a bug magnet for the first little while
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

I only put a layer thin enough so it looked black, not a heavy layer as if I was undercoating the car. It dried in a couple hours, and I already have it back on the car.
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

Here's a pic of the finished product, I just need to do a little touch up work where I drilled the holes in the plastic.


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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

Looks pretty neat.. I might have to do that on my 09...
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Re: Preparing for a lower grille block

I had to rip them off since I dropped off the truck for some warranty service the other day. I'm scared if they notice something like this, they might void my warranty I paid $2,200 for. (I also had to put the 4wd fuse back in, LOL) I'll be giving these another touch up coat of black rubber before putting them back on this weekend. I plan to have it looking even better than the first time around.I may even remake the one for the upper grille as I'd like to try different placement of the zip ties. I also think I want to try blocking off the upper portion of the upper grille, as I think the a/c performance would not be effected as much as blocking the lower portion of the upper grille.
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