The intercooler on the sidewinder is prone to getting plugged with snow and ice up as evident in the first photo above. The BOP guard is constructed of aluminum and has has frogzskin mesh installed in the grid to allow air through but keep snow and water out. The guard is designed with no ledge on bottom, so there is no place for snow to accumulate like the factory nose cone.
This guard was designed to be used with out the factory nose cone. The front hood loops are integrated into the guard to secure the front of the hood just as the factory nose cone did. Since doing away with the factory nose cone the guard comes with small aluminum skid plate to make up for the absent factory nose cone.
In addition to preventing a clogged up intercooler, the BOP set up also exposes the ends of the intercooler to air and snow dust for even greater heat dissipation. The factory nose cone shields and essentially insulates the intercooler ends from direct exposure to air and snow dust. Melting snow on the intercooler is even more effective in heat transfer than air.
The factory nose cone basically confines the intercooler to one fixed location. When you remove the factory nose cone, the intercooler can be tilted front. The charge tube hoses are long enough to allow this forward movement. This forward movement provides more space on the back side for an intercooler fan. The mounting components for a fan have already been designed, and fan testing will be conducted this season. Once perfected it will be an available option to add to the intercooler guard.
Final finish on these is powdercoated black. Retail is $155