Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
Check out some of the other Ranger-oriented forums, too. This kind of mod is fairly common for lots of different types of vehicles.
My rad was getting dinged-up, too. I salvaged some expanded steel mesh from an industrial engine air filter which didn't look too bad. I just cut it to size to fit behind my factory grille openings. It's held in place with cable ties attached to cable-tie mounting tabs that have 2-sided foam tape. Hasn't come loose or rusted over the past couple of years. I think the steel I used is zinc plated. It looks kind of stock.
For the lower opening, mine is protected by my license plate, which got relocated when I made a light bar for the front bumper. But you could put some mesh in there, too, if you want.
Judging from the number and size of paint chips on my valence, I'm sure the mesh has saved a lot of damage to the AC condenser/rad.
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