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Old 03-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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Tired of overheating due to mud in radiator...

I'm tired of mud clogging the radiator and causing the Commander to overheat so I'm thinking about doing something about it. I've tossed around the idea of moving the radiator in the bed but can't figure out how to do this and keep the tilt bed. I've also thought about mounting it to the back of the rollcage between the seats. I'd have to build some sort of bracket onto the cage to mount it to(similar to the harness bars, but 2 of them), but my main concern is the heat issue. I'm worried about the heat coming off of the radiator during the summer when riding slow, I'm not sure if the fan would pull most of the heat away or if it would be unbearable. A lot of people do this on ATV's and mount them on the front rack but I don't know how much heat is generated and how hot it gets on the rider.

What do y'all think about this and can anyone think of any other problems associated with doing this (water pump, pressure, etc.)?

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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Have you considered making inner fender wells and a diverter for the front of the Rad. That is my plan as I too have experienced this issue and had to "limp home mode" it back to camp. The factory aready has the mounting brackets on the sides of the frame for the fender wells however no one at the dealer or tech support know anything about them.
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Yea I had the same overheating issue last weekend, got in limp home mode and made it to the wash rack
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Have you considered making inner fender wells and a diverter for the front of the Rad. That is my plan as I too have experienced this issue and had to "limp home mode" it back to camp. The factory aready has the mounting brackets on the sides of the frame for the fender wells however no one at the dealer or tech support know anything about them.
Ody,
When I went by my dealer, antagonizing him about the arrival date of mine I saw a new one, that had the heavy pvc shields on each side of the radiator.
I could have bought this one, but I am waiting on yellow, we have enough red. Is this something that is put on at random, or on late production models?
They are affixed using three studs molded into the pvc shield, through rubber grommets, on each side. One at the top, one about 2/3 way down and one on bottom. Possibly, these the brackets to which you are referring?
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Thank you for the Info. Gives me something to talk about with the dealer.
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I carry 2 gallon weed sprayer of water with me to wach off before gets dry. Had rhino overheat once.
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Could you just put in a bigger high flow radiator?
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Could you just put in a bigger high flow radiator?
You could do that however it would only delay the clogg !
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Yeah, all of these ideas would help but I'm wanting to not have to worry about it.
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Would the radiator guard help?
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