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 Post subject: 3 row radiator
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:16 pm 
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Hi folks, anybody fitted one of these:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3-row-High-P ... 3cc67f26c0

I have bought one, but might have done my dough as I can see difficulties with fitting the fans. :cry:

If someone has successfully fitted on, could you give me the details please.
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 Post subject: Re: 3 row radiator
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:11 pm 
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I'm about to fit one in my ef as well but from what I can see the side supports of the condenser are going to hit the radiator and prevent it from sitting back against radiator support panel. I'm thinking of maybe cutting the side supports off the condenser but than it also looks like the radiator is going to sit too high due to the bottom folds of the radiator so I may possibly cut them as well.

If any one can run us through how to fit it or throw up a link to something that can it would be appreciated.

The condenser side supports.
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The alloy radiator bottom folds.
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 Post subject: Re: 3 row radiator
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:21 pm 
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I found out the hard way that these supports were hitting my nice new 38mm thick core radiator - they have worn a hole in it and I have a nice puddle under the car. I will be carefully cutting them back and getting the radiator repaired when I have some time.
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 Post subject: Re: 3 row radiator
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:12 pm 
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galapogos01 wrote:
I found out the hard way that these supports were hitting my nice new 38mm thick core radiator - they have worn a hole in it and I have a nice puddle under the car. I will be carefully cutting them back and getting the radiator repaired when I have some time.


Is that the same supports I'm talking about that are on the condenser??
What did you do to fit it have you got any pics??

 

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 Post subject: Re: 3 row radiator
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:07 pm 
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This is interesting, according to the Ebay advert., it is supposed to fit EF etc. Now according to me, if it is necessary to cut bits out, and modify various areas, it really doesn't fit!!
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 Post subject: Re: 3 row radiator
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:13 pm 
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Today I modified the parts needed to fit my alloy radiator. As I said in previous post the AC condenser side supports had to be cut down so started there.

AC supports that need cutting down.
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So after cutting the supports down and cleaning up the edge I bolted it back in.

I than sat the radiator in and I'm not sure if its cause my radiator support is bent from a previous engine change were the crane let go and dropped it on top of the support or because the folds are too big but it sat too high and wouldn't sit back against the support panel so I trimmed off the longest side (condenser) to match the shorter one (thermo).

Here you can see the difference in length of the radiators folds. Condenser side folds are around 20mm were thermo side are 10mm on top and bottom.
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After cutting the top and bottom fold on the condenser side of the radiator I dropped it in and it sat back against the support panel like it should, though I had to take out the rubbers that the standard radiator sits on. Since it looked good I bolted it in and grabbed the thermos to see how they sat and after a good inspection I could see that the bottom of the thermos where it sits into the radiator was way off so I took note of where it had to be cut and got to work.

Passenger side of thermos.
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Drivers side of thermos.
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After cutting down the sides of the thermos I dropped it in and noticed the mounts that slip into the radiator were sitting 10mm away from the radiator so I took it out and cut the 10mm off the bottom edge of the thermos and after that was done it slid straight in. Still have to get longer bolts for the thermos as the original bolts that hold the thermos to the radiator aren't long enough by about 10mm so its just cable tied until I get some bolts from work.

Radiator sitting nicely.
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Radiator, thermos and air intake all in.
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I have seen a couple other alloy radiators put in and some have had to cut the intake scoop and put a flexi tube in from the air box to the scoop, though I had no issues with mine as I just unbolted the bottom support of the air box that's behind the head light and that gave the box enough movement for the scoop to slip on and be screwed down.

Hope this helps anyone who is planning on fitting an alloy radiator.

 

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