tsckey was kind enough to let me photograph the shield he made for his truck. this should guard against snow and mud from collecting on the back of the filter. he used a piece of painter's shield from home depot.
OK, stupid question....what exactly is painters shield? Also, it looks like it is using a couple of the factory "plastic removable connections" on the outside edge, but it looks like there is also some sort of connection at the top? Can anyone provide more details? This looks like something I want to try as well.
The painter's shield is one of those thin plastic boards that Home Depot sells to do-it-yourselfers to block off edges, like baseboards, when painting walls. I think it's a piece of polyethylene plastic. The shield isn't actually attached to the fender flare, but is zip-tied to the roughly "V" shaped truss that stiffens the fender. Nick didn't have room to get the proper perspective when he took the picture. The shield fits inside and forward of the edge of the fender lip. If I can get some time Monday or Tuesday, I'll take it off and get some pictures of it with some measurements, so you'll have a better idea. As you can see from the picture, it completely shields the filter from debris, mud, or snow. It's very simple and easy to make and install. One of the guys at the Sacramento get together thought it would be a good idea to put one on the other side just to keep crud from building up inside the fender. I think he's right.
Thanks TC! Hopefully my Nictane kit will be here in a day or two...I plan on installing it this upcoming weekend! I want to get the extra shielding done before the first snow fall....so I guess I have 5 or 6 weeks left !
Here is a drawing of the filter shield graciously done by my wife, who is a graphic designer and knows how to do this stuff. The dimensions are close, but you may need to do some minor whittling to get the right fit. The shield is mounted behind the fuel filter and attaches to the "V" shaped rod bracket that stiffens the fender. The fender bracket is shown by the blue dashed line. The little red pairs of holes are drilled to straddle the bracket. The shield is mounted by lacing zip ties through the shield, around the bracket and back out toward the tire and zipped tight. I used the number of holes shown on the drawing, but you could probably get by with fewer. Hope this helps.
There is room to remove the filter without removing the shield, but it would probably be easier just to cut the ties so you can see what you're doing. That is what I'd planned, anyway, it gives you an opportunity to inspect the filter head, fittings, and hoses at the same time, and to make sure the bolts are tight.
Well, I finished up the "finishing touches" on my install yesterday. I couldn't find the painters shield at Home Depot (probably out of stock as usual
). However I did come across some 26ga steel, an 11x14 or something like that was only $5. I made a template out of paper and transfered it to the steel and cut with tin snips. Instead of using wire ties, I used the two bolts from the fender supports as well as the lower plastic "button" from the fender flair. Turned out really nice, now we'll just see how well the paint holds up....
Thanks for the compliments. I really would have prefered plastic so as to not have to worry about paint chips and rust, but I'll just keep an eye on it. It is not very difficult to take off if I need to do anything to it....hopefully not...
A number of people have indicated they couldn't find the spray shield at Home Depot. I went by the local store over the weekend. The actual product is call a "Spray Buddy heavy duty plastic spray shield" It is manufactured by ARGEE corp. of Santee, CA. There was one left in the size I used and several large enough to make about three or four shields. The prices weren't visible, though, and I can't remember what I paid as it was one of several things the day I bought it. There must be other sources of light, flexible plastic so you don't have to be concerned about rust.
Thanks for the info guys! May have to try Lowes or Wally World if this doesn't hold up and see if they have any type of plastic shields. I walked all the isles at Home Depot looking for any type of plastic or anything that would work for a guard. I had thought about using some type of under coating or black wrinkle paint that was more durable on this steel guard. If it does rust, it is only 5 bucks, so it is not like I am out a lot of money...maybe, if I catch it soon enough, I can just sand it and repaint with something else.
<DIV>Just installed a set of guards on my truck. I got these at the GM parts counter for 40 bucks Canadian! They are 1/4'' thick heavy rubber that have a short extension extending below the box to deflect some of the road debris from the front tires hitting the rear brake calipers. I've heard that trucks driven on a lot of gravel roads beat the sh*t out of the rear brake calipers, so these are kind of a dual purpose flap. If anyone is interested the pn is GMT800 and list for $20.25 each Canadian.</DIV>
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