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Old 11-10-2007
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Icon5 Removal of front plate, radiator too exposed?

I just bought a 2006 FX4 L2, and I want to remove the front plate. It partially blocks the front tow hooks, and it looks meaner without it. The only problem is that it appears to leave the radiator/tranny cooler too exposed, I can imagine a rock hitting it and putting a hole in it...

There must be some people without a front plate, so what do you do?

I'm thinking about fabricating a type of metal screen for a guard, similair to the ones on my dirtbike....Anyone do anything like that either?
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Old 11-10-2007
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I've been running with no front plate since new (2003) - no problems. It's a ticketable offense to run without a front plate in California though.
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Old 11-10-2007
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yeah youll be fine, it doesnt really protect the radiator that much anyways
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Old 11-11-2007
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I have no valence, no front plate(even though my avatar shows it), and no radiator cover thingy belowthe rad. No problems for over 3 years.
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Old 11-13-2007
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i dont have a front plate... supposedly ticketable in washington.. never put one on my s 10 ... never been pulled oveer... but it would be something a jerk cop would pull anyone over with...
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