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Old 03-26-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Protecting 2016 RAM 2500 Auto Transmission Radiator from Rock Damage

I'd like to find a way to protect my 2016 RAM 2500's automatic transmission cooler radiator from flying rocks and other gravel/dirt road hazards. I'll be traveling in the Yukon/Alaska this summer, with 2 way traffic on gravel roads.

I'd rather not build or install a structure over the front of the truck. I'm looking for something only for the two exposed areas in front of the radiator that could stops rocks but wouldn't cut down on cooling.

Has anyone dealt with this and found a practical solution?
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:06 PM   #2
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I would be tempted to go to Lowe's and buy a roll of 1/4" hardware cloth (aka chicken wire), a length of steel wire and a pair of tin snips.

You could probably fashion a screen of the desired shape, cut it to fit, then attach it to the frame / tow bolts / grille in a few suitable places.

I'd pick 1/4", but probably depends on the size rock you expect to encounter. We had some roads in Utah last year under construction we had to drive through for several miles in our SOB Class B. Not fun.

Good luck on the trip. Nice truck.

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Old 03-26-2016, 03:07 PM   #3
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¼" wire mesh from a hardware store like chicken wire can be bent to fill the space and allow air flow. Having said that, if one drives thru blowing debris like tumbleweeds, you will have to clean that chaff out of the wire mesh.

I saw these customs screes on some hotrods and they were extremely well made. However, they are expensive.

http://wardlowbras.net

They can be removable as well.
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I'd suggest a Bull Bar.
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I'm tempted to go with the 1/4 inch wire mesh idea. Sounds like a relatively simple solution.

I had considered a bull bar but I'm not sure that they offer much protection for the RAM 2500's radiators against flying rocks. Seem like they might deflect small animals well. I've heard from some off-road guys that most bull bars are weaker than they look and not to count on them to protect from solid objects.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:35 PM   #6
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Yup, hardware cloth. When I drove the AK Highway in 1971, it was all gravel and there was much more tractor-trailer traffic, due to the pipeline construction. I built a hardware cloth frame to cover the windshield and headlights of my Land Rover. Never had a problem - once I got used to looking through the screen! A friend traveling with me in another vehicle had a stone break his windshield the first day.

But it's different now. It's all paved except for construction areas and there is much less tractor trailer traffic. But that's still worth taking some precautions.
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You should put a winch in there ;P
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You should put a winch in there ;P
I saw yours. Looks like it takes up much of that space.

Did you have to get the two alternator or snow plow option in order to have the winch?
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:45 PM   #10
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See GENOS GARAGE condenser guard
Did you install the ac condenser guard in you truck. Looks like a project.

I'm also a little confused. The large vertical radiator just being the grill is the AC condenser. I assume that the smaller one mounted at a slight angle just below it is the Auto Transmission cooler radiator. It is exposed and un-guarded in the bottom opening. Do you happen to know if that actually is the AT cooler?
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I haven't measured, but I think you could use one of the aluminum mesh lower screen door guards, like are on the screen door of your Airstream. It has large enough gaps to allow plenty of air flow, but is strong enough to deflect most rocks. The "good" news is, you can test-fit it by simply unscrewing the one you have, and see if it will work. If it does, get another one, if not, put the one you have back on the door.
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I'm tempted to go with the 1/4 inch wire mesh idea. Sounds like a relatively simple solution.

I had considered a bull bar but I'm not sure that they offer much protection for the RAM 2500's radiators against flying rocks. Seem like they might deflect small animals well. I've heard from some off-road guys that most bull bars are weaker than they look and not to count on them to protect from solid objects.
I had a look at mine just now (2016 Ram 2500). It does look a bit unprotected there. Based on the opening size, and the number of places for a tie down, the hardware cloth held with a bunch of zip ties might also make sense (and would not rust, either.). Be pretty easy to remove after the trip, too.

FWIW I searched over at the ramforum.com and did not immediately find any solutions there, either.

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I'd like to find a way to protect my 2016 RAM 2500's automatic transmission cooler radiator from flying rocks and other gravel/dirt road hazards. I'll be traveling in the Yukon/Alaska this summer, with 2 way traffic on gravel roads.

I'd rather not build or install a structure over the front of the truck. I'm looking for something only for the two exposed areas in front of the radiator that could stops rocks but wouldn't cut down on cooling.

Has anyone dealt with this and found a practical solution?
I have driven the AlCan highway twice & agree with a screen across the front. I used a fabric mesh screen with bungee cords attached to the fender wells and it worked without fail.
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In retrospect, the best thing I did was install a piece of tin in front of the freshwater tank drain valve.

Ours is plastic and the tin was bent, so it paid off.

We were also advised to cover the copper gas lines under the trailer.

Overall, we had no problems.

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