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Old 04-28-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Bug screen for bumper slot & horn...

We have a lot of bugs in Florida, so in March I requested info about how to cover the bumper slot intake so that bugs would not splatter themselves all over my new radiator & condenser. Again, the other day, I asked again about the same subject, but no one replied either time. I guess no one else cares, but just in case, what I ended up doing was taking a piece of stainless wire mesh & covering it with household screening. I was stunned on how easily the grille pops out to get better access to the bumper slot. I just bent the 1/4" squares SS wire mesh into a L-shape, pushed it up behind the bumper slot from the top with the grille out, & fastened the other leg of the L-shape to the top of the aluminum bumper (behind the facia). I am using a FIA screen for the grille, but now the bugs can't blow through the bumper slot either. I am surprised that no one makes a kit to do this.
Also, while in there, I was surprised to see "covers" snapped over the horns! Anyone know why they were there? The horn is too loud? Weird....
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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You could have just bumped the other thread instead of making a new one.

As long as air is flowing through the radiator there will be dirt and bugs hitting it to. Personally I would rather have maximum air flow to the radiator to keep the engine cooled properly. I wash my radiator down whenever I wash my engine to get rid of any big residue. Post of pics of what you did.

Those covers on the horns are to keep water out. I took mine off to make my horns as loud as possible since there are many stupid drivers on the road.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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You could have just bumped the other thread instead of making a new one.

As long as air is flowing through the radiator there will be dirt and bugs hitting it to. Personally I would rather have maximum air flow to the radiator to keep the engine cooled properly. I wash my radiator down whenever I wash my engine to get rid of any big residue. Post of pics of what you did.

Those covers on the horns are to keep water out. I took mine off to make my horns as loud as possible since there are many stupid drivers on the road.
Making the bug-screen was easy, but figuring out how to post a picture is not for some us. Do you need to put the picture on another website like Flickr, before you can add an image here? When I hit the "include an image" link I get post your URL, but I am lost if it does not include the "browse" button. Help!
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:25 AM   #4
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Bumper Slot bug screen....

Looking down behind the grille on the left side, you can see the top of the aluminum bumper where I used a self-tapping screw (on both sides) to secure the L-shaped S.S. wire mesh, covered with household screen, placed behind the Bumper-Slot. I also secured the mesh to top of the bumper-slot using tabs & S.S. screws. A total of four screws is all that was needed.

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Old 05-16-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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This was only a 3-hour drive in Florida, during Love-Bug season. Fia makes a great screen for the grille, don't they think the bugs will come in the bumper-slot too?? I fashioned the bumper-slot screen (above) a few days before this & my radiator / condensor still look like the day they left the factory.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:54 PM   #7
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omg that's a lot of dead bugs!!

Yes, a lot of dead bugs (in just a 3-hour drive), which is why I was desperately looking for info on bug screens.

After this onslaught of bugs, I popped off the Fia grille screen to clean it & stuck a garden hose up from the bottom of the bumper to flush out the customers in the bumper-slot. By the way, to clean the bugs off the rest of the truck quickly, a used dryer-sheet with a little soap works wonders. The dryer-sheet is not abrasive, but has just enough grit to get the guts off fast. Some bug guts can actually etch into your paint if not washed off quickly.
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omg that's a lot of dead bugs!!
Not to mention their guts eat into the clear coat.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:17 AM   #9
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Here's a close-up of grille & bumper-slot. Imagine what my "2K miles virgin" radiator / condensor would have looked like without the screens.

This summer we are taking our new Taco on a road-trip, driving "no interstates" from Orlando area to Dallas Texas. Hopefully, the bugs won't be as bad as this. Love-bug season is in May & September in Florida, do other states have this problem?

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Old 06-03-2011, 09:54 AM   #10
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nope... FL just caught the love bug from sleeping with cuba. You stay away from Georgia... shes my daughter and shes a good girl.... Alabama you can have.
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