Below the bumper air-inlets vulnerability
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    Below the bumper air-inlets vulnerability

    Has anyone else noticed or addressed the issue with the vulnerability of the air inlets? The holes are rather large with nothing to stop a rock or other like sized item from slamming into the inter-cooler and radiator. I am going to look around for something “stylish” to run along the back end in an effort to prevent any damage. Has anyone else out there got any good ideas for this?





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    Those holes will definitely be bullseye targets for pebbles.

    I'm sure some after market company will make a grill type cover that will not restrict the airflow.
    I plan on using an all black or stainless steel mesh style grill.

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    good one!
    I noticed you can see some slight damage behind them already on mine.
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    I saw this yesterday and wasn't happy to see some bent fins already on the cooler. I'm leaning towards adding a mesh behind those gaping holes and in front of the cooler. I'm waiting for my turbo tech to guarantee me that I wont be cranking up the heat too much by doing so.
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    Those holes really need some black screening. I would think you could even do that yourself.

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    I fully intend on doing this myself, once he tells me what I can use without causing any lose in cooling.
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    Some hardware screen with the 1/4 " squares won't cut down on any cooling. I took my PT grill off and attached some to the inside and that really helped to prevent rock damage to the radiator fins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wls View Post
    Some hardware screen with the 1/4 " squares won't cut down on any cooling. I took my PT grill off and attached some to the inside and that really helped to prevent rock damage to the radiator fins.
    So how and what would you attach this with?
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    I posted this general info., re. vulnerability, to a UK Forum I am a member of.
    They are in agreement that something should be done.

    I personally think that Nissan should be informed somehow, rather than expect owners to manufacture some sort of mesh protection on a brand new vehicle!!

    I am still awaiting delivery of my Juke, so cannot really claim to have the problem YET!! I certainly have no desire to start laying on my back under the car anyway!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZacMan527 View Post
    So how and what would you attach this with?
    On the Juke, I have no idea. You would have to look under and see what is on the other side of the holes or you could wait for an aftermarket kit with brackets. On my PT I used black plastic nylon ties and holes I drilled to projections on the back of the grill. I got the galvanized metal mesh from a hardware store and painted it black. It was easy to cut and bend to fit. The entire project cost less than $10. Its still on after several years and looks great.
    Last edited by wls; 10-31-2010 at 09:29 AM.

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