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So, I've been having some overheating problems in the summer, and even in the winter that took me a little while to figure out... About the time I put on this roof rack with the wind fairing, I started to overheat when at freeway speed for more than a few minutes.

I didn't figure it out right away, because when I would drive fast around the desert, I never had a problem. The fans would kick on and cool things down just fine. But as soon as I got on the freeway, my temperature would start climbing and never come down.

Finally figured out that this wind fairing was just directing the airflow too far away from the back of the car. My wing-mounted radiator was probably just sucking a vacuum of air and never had any turbulence or pressure (or at least not enough.)



As soon as I took off the fairing, the radiator magically cools things down great. In fact it works too well in the winter. I had to disconnect one of the fans. Anyway...live and learn, and drive happy.


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its called "Radiator Creep"... I am fighting it now.. I can go 75mph on flat land... but when I hit a grade my temp goes up.. The Motor is strong enough I don't feel the grade sometimes. I will figure it out I just need to decide on a ride height first so I don't spend a lot of time R&D and then change the air flow over the car... with my rail I just put a small radiator up front and I turn it on when the outside temp is over 110. it does the job nicely...


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its called "Radiator Creep"... I am fighting it now.. I can go 75mph on flat land... but when I hit a grade my temp goes up.. The Motor is strong enough I don't feel the grade sometimes. I will figure it out I just need to decide on a ride height first so I don't spend a lot of time R&D and then change the air flow over the car... with my rail I just put a small radiator up front and I turn it on when the outside temp is over 110. it does the job nicely...

What do you mean by "ride height"? Are you talking about the height of the car or the rad? How would the height of the car matter?


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Ride height:

is the distance from the ground to the bottom of the car.. the lower the car is to the ground the better the ride and more stable. the Higher the car the more unstable and rougher the ride. and CV issues..

when the nose is higher than the rear end the car seems to be more stable but looks kinda funny. Also it changes the air flow over and under the car. in this conf. my car runs hot on the HWY.

when the nose is lower than the rear end the car is more unstable on the HWY. my car runs cooler. the air flow changed...

I need to set my "Ride height" before I work on my Radiator Creep problem.

You have the room in the fount of your car. just put a small radiator up there. you don't need to replace the one in the back if you don't want too. I would have put my in the fount of my car if I had the room...

it is all about air flow. I may need to put a small radiator up on my roof rack to solve my radiator creep. I know it will work up there.


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this is what I use to fix Radiator creep. it has a thermostat that opens at 180.. I bought this one for the Baja if I needed it.



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it comes out of a Mazda...


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this is the one installed in my rail.



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So far, my engine is cooling down great, just by removing the rack spoiler.


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I tweaked and modified this bimini type top until it's finally usable. I needed something to cover the gaping hole in my roof and preferably something that wouldn't turn into a parachute when I drove on the freeway.

The rain gutters make a great mount point for straps, but the front and rear windshields don't. I finally found some heavy duty suction cups that seem to be working.

The material is Sunbrella fabric used for RV awnings and beads water nicely. A couple bunji cords sewn in the front help hold it tightly.



I used two headliner bows that can slip in and out of small holes drilled in my roof frame. They work to keep their shape, keep the flapping down, and prevent the thing from turning into a birdbath.


This should work until I break down and pay someone to put in the sliding mechanism that came with the aftermarket kit. The wind lifts up the front section and pushes down the rear section a little, but overall it's usable, even at freeway speeds.


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To keep the front tight to the roof you could try and find a magnetic strip to glue to fabric or get the round channel like jeeps use and have some cord sewn into the leading edge


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I can’t believe it’s been over 5 years since I’ve posted here. Life gets busy I guess. But good news: the Carbon Footprint Suburban Legend Baja lives on!

I finally paid somebody to sew up a ragtop to cover my Street Beat ragtop frame. After a little tweaking, I think it came out pretty nice.

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Sorry for the poor image hosting. Apparently my long-time Photobucket account is being held hostage for $5 a month.


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Wow! That does look good!!

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