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Compatibility of Bike Bag for Front Mounted Bike Rack on 2003 Chevy Silverado

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I would like to protect our bikes mounted using a front receiver. Would this stand up to the 70 mile an hour wind encountered at the front of a 2003 Chevy Silverado truck? Would it block the air flow to the radiator causing the truck to overheat?

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The Swagman Horizontal Style 2 Bike Bag for Trailer Hitch Bike Racks # S82006 will work to protect your bikes. When used on a front hitch, you will want to consider the air flow as you stated. You most likely wouldn't have an issue with overheating if you are using in the colder months and you have constant air movement. The issue would be to use that rack in warm to hot climates where there is a traffic backup so your air flow is stagnant because further blocking your radiator could cause an issue.

To mitigate that issue you can use the Derale Electra-Cool Combo Engine and Transmission Cooler Assembly w/ Fan, -8 AN Inlets - 4 Pass # D15220 along with the Derale Remote Engine Oil Cooler Installation Kit w/Thermostat Fan Control # D15752 and the Derale Snap-In Radiator Adapter Fitting for GM # D13035. This will allow the remote cooler with fan to continue to cool your engine fluids to protect your vehicle so using the bike bag won't be an issue.

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