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Unread 05-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Punctured Radiator - Need Armor

A few years back I moved to Virginia from Colorado and have not really had the opportunity to resurrect my latest Jeep project that I started before getting busy again... I decided to do some wheeling this weekend and within the first hour while backing up I had a dead tree lift up and slowly impale my radiator, also taking out my belt and fan......

In all the years of wheeling this was my worst failure... I have always been able to limp out but not this time... no radiator, no cooling, no go....

so, the question... what has anyone done as far as skid/armor etc to the bottom of the engine compartment to prevent this, Kind of failure? After happening I really see the chink in the armor that i did not notice before, always thought about moving forward... Obviously there are plenty of ways to tackle this, just wondering if there are any cool ideas, lessons learned etc.....


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Unread 05-28-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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wow thats a new one on me! How the heck did you manage that?
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Unread 05-28-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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I think this is very rare. I'm not going to wear a hard hat always outside in case a part falls off a plane and hits me in the head ! I don't think it will be something you can buy but, you can make something. Make sure it's made out of some thing that doesn't restrict air flow.
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Unread 05-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #4
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as many logs and sticks I was crawling over I have a feeling there is a good chance it will happen again... I will definitely throw some metal at it and see what I come up with....
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Wow man, that reminds me of the guy that got his floorboard impaled by a small log buried in the snow...

I know you want to protect against that in the future, but like said before, pretty small chance of it happening again.








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Unread 05-28-2014, 06:06 PM   #6
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Wow man, that reminds me of the guy that got his floorboard impaled by a small log buried in the snow...

I know you want to protect against that in the future, but like said before, pretty small chance of it happening again.
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That will make you scoot back and pucker real quick!!
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Unread 05-29-2014, 01:17 AM   #7
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I don't know about your area but here, if you are going over logs and sticks, you are off the trail. If you are off the trail, and forging your own,You are really ruining it for every 4 wheeler out there who is trying to keep trails open. It's a really big problem all across the states. Please see blue ribbon coalition.com, or Treadlightly!.com. Oh and, please tell us you don't go off the trails or, you are on your own private land !
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Unread 05-29-2014, 04:03 PM   #8
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Yes, I am on a 1200 acre farm and will spend plenty of time making my own trails
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Unread 05-29-2014, 09:40 PM   #9
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What you do on your own property is fine with me. I am a little jealous of 1200 acres though ! I would build my own personal 4 wheel play ground .
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I will go and see if I can convince my phone to take a small enough photo to attach, but my new to me YJ has a stainless tube rad guard that appears to work seeing as no damage has happened since I have known this Jeep. (1999)

We wheel on logging skidder trails, so sticks and logs are the norm. I never go on the trail unless I carry a torch and solder/flux because of this. Have had to fix a Lot over the years, one with a 4" hole punched out dead center even. Lol, that vehicle got sold years later and still had the hole in it...
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Unread 05-30-2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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In theory this is the bottom view if it goes through. The tubes are welded to cross bars with the front bar having feet that bolt to the bottom of the bumper.

Trying to upload a front view too.

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Unread 05-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #12
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Ok, got it. Sorry for the low resolution, this was after a mess of tries and android app crashes...

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