Subaru Ascent Forum banner
221 - 240 of 259 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
The area formulas are wrong. Area of a circle is pi times the radius squared or pi divided by 4 times the diameter squared.
Well, that was stupid of me! Thanks for catching that Robert D! I'll blame it on the frustration of the Bills attempted loss. I've adjusted the formulas and figures. The open area is down to around 31%. That would be below my comfort level.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Well, that was stupid of me! Thanks for catching that Robert D! I'll blame it on the frustration of the Bills attempted loss. I've adjusted the formulas and figures. The open area is down to around 31%. That would be below my comfort level.
Hey Scarlett, wondering if you still making the screens. would like the intercooler and grill.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Howdy everyone. Wanted to talk to you about a fault with the Ascent, no screen put on top of the intercooler. I noticed the fins are quite delicate and after a trip i found lots of insects and bees embedded in the fins. Of course when you blow them out or brush them off the fins bend, Argh!! Now I must spend hours trying to straighten them. For any of you that don't know the intercooler cools the air through a radiator that is right on top of the motor when you open the hood. Air passes through the radiator and pre- cools it before it hits the cold side of the turbocharger thus producing more power thanks to cooler air. Pop your hood and take a look at yours and see if it is filled with bugs.

I have installed mine and taken a trip and Wow! The bugs are suspended above the fins and with a quick blow from low pressure air they come right off. The best thing is they are not impacting the intercooler, damaging the fins and plugging it up.

So here is what I did. I ordered a small roll of stainless steel woven wire mesh screen from Amazon It is 5 mesh, 12x24 size. If you like a smaller screen you can order the ten mesh. I felt the 5 mesh was plenty small enough and rigid enough to stay put once I finished the screen. Roll out the screen and bend it backwards and flatten it out as it comes in a roll. I measured the intercooler. Cut the screen to 20 inches long by 6.25 inches wide. Folks this may make it slightly larger then you need and you may need to trim it a little bit at a time. The next item you need which you can also order from Amazon in "Door edge protector molding" This is a plastic edge that is rounded on one end and split open on the other to fit on door edges to protect them. Get whatever color you like, I had some old chrome edge so I used that, plus it matches the cooler and the screen. Make sure when you cut the screen you cut right next to the nearest horizontal wire, in other words cut right next to the long horizontal wire so you have very few cut ends to deal with when you are putting the door edge gaurd around the outside of the screen. If you don't cut them down close they will poke your fingers and hang up badly on the door edge gaurd you must put all the way around your new screen.

Once it is cut I would then get my door edge molding very warm and pliable. Cut the edge gaurd to around 6 inches and install one end. This process is tedious and you must bend the door edge gaurd to almost 60 to 70 degrees to the wire screen to open up the split end and work it over the wire screen. A little at a time and watch for any picky little wires that may "stab" the edge gaurd and hang it up. Now cut the twenty inch edge gaurd and roll it into place.

Once you have a side of width and length done, test fit it on top of the intercooler. You may have to trim a little from either side for a good fit once you put the edge gaurd on all sides of the screen. As for cutting the screen, I used a pair of tin snips, they worked great. Some say scissors, maybe, I think it will ruin them. This is stainless steel and it is hard. If you do need to cut it again cut next to a long horizontal wire. If there are any vertical wires sticking out that are sharp the easiest way I found to get rid of them was a bench grinder. Gently put the screen against the stone while the screen is supported by the gaurd, the wires will get red and come right off. You also may need to buff both sides with the grinder to get rid of any sharp edges, folks this stuff is sharp, be careful!!

Anyhow once I got the edge gaurd in place I cut the ends of the edge gaurd to fit neatly, bent and totally flattened out the screen, put a side in first, then the top, flexed the screen enough to get it to snap in all the way around, they fit nicely once there in place. When you need to remove it I would use a small l shaped pick or screwdriver and pry up an end at a time and roll it out. Clean it and roll it back in. Its pretty easy once you have done it a time or two.

I will include some pictures for you guys to help you with it. Good luck. This thing works great for me!









View attachment 4462 View attachment 4463 View attachment 4464 View attachment 4465
Hey you haven't even polished any of your shineable metals.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42 Posts
While I haven't installed my screens yet - just ordered today, I will say Steve was a pleasure to work with. He is very responsive to questions and the entire ordering process. I'm sure the products will be excellent. It's a small cost for some peace of mind and the avoidance of a trip to the service shop.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Yikes, you guys got to get on these motors. No love being given to the places under the hood. But......on a lighter note you will work like hell taking chrome off and painting the stuff black. What gives ?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42 Posts
Yikes, you guys got to get on these motors. No love being given to the places under the hood. But......on a lighter note you will work like hell taking chrome off and painting the stuff black. What gives ?
Well, I had an immediate road trip when I got my car so I couldn't take action on the protection. It will be there when I get home though. In terms of the chrome, I guess I'm in the minority - I favor it. My other cars don't have much so it's a nice change. 5-years from now I may have a different opinion though :). But as with most things - it will be forgotten when the (new) car just becomes a car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
134 Posts
So this has been a while coming, but it is finally ready. I've been asked repeatedly to make a screen for the upper grill on the Ascent to protect the higher areas of the AC condenser and radiator. After a lot of thought
and trials, I've finally got it ready to go! This is a large piece, and meant to be installed behind the grill so it is nearly invisible. It is made from a welded stainless steel mesh that is plastidipped in matte black. Installation is the same as the lower screen, but you have to do a little more work to get it in there. It isn't hard, but it does take a little more effort. Because this is a large piece, it is a bit more expenisve, $70, including shipping within the Continental US. So now, we have complete protection available for your Ascent's radiators!

These upper screens are NOT on my website yet. They will be in the near future, but if you are interested, you don't have to wait for that, I've already started shipping them!

The picture below show the material on the outside of the grill to give you the idea of it, but they are meant to be installed BEHIND the grill where it won't be seen. The first batch is ready to go if you are interested. I also now have the same screen ready and available for the Subaru Outback, including the Wilderness Edition.

Automotive parking light Grille Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Hood


This is the top of the radiator area illustrate the type of fasteners that need to be removed to access the space behind the grill. There are some videos on Youtube that show how to get in there for the Toyota RAV4 and other cars, but I haven't found one for the Ascent yet.
Automotive lighting Hood Automotive tire Product Motor vehicle


I hope these new screens will give everyone an even greater sense of security for their Ascents and Outbacks! We have introduced similar ones for the Kia Telluride and Toyota RAV4 in recent months and folks are loving them!.

Steve
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
11,930 Posts
Count me in, Steve!

So this has been a while coming, but it is finally ready. I've been asked repeatedly to make a screen for the upper grill on the Ascent to protect the higher areas of the AC condenser and radiator. After a lot of thought
and trials, I've finally got it ready to go! This is a large piece, and meant to be installed behind the grill so it is nearly invisible. It is made from a welded stainless steel mesh that is plastidipped in matte black. Installation is the same as the lower screen, but you have to do a little more work to get it in there. It isn't hard, but it does take a little more effort. Because this is a large piece, it is a bit more expenisve, $70, including shipping within the Continental US. So now, we have complete protection available for your Ascent's radiators!

These upper screens are NOT on my website yet. They will be in the near future, but if you are interested, you don't have to wait for that, I've already started shipping them!

The picture below show the material on the outside of the grill to give you the idea of it, but they are meant to be installed BEHIND the grill where it won't be seen. The first batch is ready to go if you are interested. I also now have the same screen ready and available for the Subaru Outback, including the Wilderness Edition.

View attachment 15246

This is the top of the radiator area illustrate the type of fasteners that need to be removed to access the space behind the grill. There are some videos on Youtube that show how to get in there for the Toyota RAV4 and other cars, but I haven't found one for the Ascent yet.
View attachment 15247

I hope these new screens will give everyone an even greater sense of security for their Ascents and Outbacks! We have introduced similar ones for the Kia Telluride and Toyota RAV4 in recent months and folks are loving them!.

Steve
 

·
Registered
2022 OUTBACK ONYX XT
Joined
·
1 Posts
So this has been a while coming, but it is finally ready. I've been asked repeatedly to make a screen for the upper grill on the Ascent to protect the higher areas of the AC condenser and radiator. After a lot of thought
and trials, I've finally got it ready to go! This is a large piece, and meant to be installed behind the grill so it is nearly invisible. It is made from a welded stainless steel mesh that is plastidipped in matte black. Installation is the same as the lower screen, but you have to do a little more work to get it in there. It isn't hard, but it does take a little more effort. Because this is a large piece, it is a bit more expenisve, $70, including shipping within the Continental US. So now, we have complete protection available for your Ascent's radiators!

These upper screens are NOT on my website yet. They will be in the near future, but if you are interested, you don't have to wait for that, I've already started shipping them!

The picture below show the material on the outside of the grill to give you the idea of it, but they are meant to be installed BEHIND the grill where it won't be seen. The first batch is ready to go if you are interested. I also now have the same screen ready and available for the Subaru Outback, including the Wilderness Edition.

View attachment 15246

This is the top of the radiator area illustrate the type of fasteners that need to be removed to access the space behind the grill. There are some videos on Youtube that show how to get in there for the Toyota RAV4 and other cars, but I haven't found one for the Ascent yet.
View attachment 15247

I hope these new screens will give everyone an even greater sense of security for their Ascents and Outbacks! We have introduced similar ones for the Kia Telluride and Toyota RAV4 in recent months and folks are loving them!.

Steve
What is your website?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Thank you!. Looking to at least get screen(s) for wife's new 2022 Outback Onyx XT. Like the idea screening at the grill, keep bugs, debris from even entering air duct assembly. Stop, screen everything at the grille. Screen on the intercooler great too.
 
221 - 240 of 259 Posts
Top