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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:00 am 
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my ef needs a new radiator

have seen some on ebay with aluminium cores for around $150
has anyone tried these?
any feedback to share?
will they rust out quicker? (because aluminium will rust out first in the presence of steel - electrolytic(sp?) effect)

also, got a quote from the local radiator place, they can supply a "natrad" one, with copper core, for around $220.
Any reason to go with this over the ebay ones?

Or other ideas?

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:17 am 
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Factory radiators AFAIK are aluminium ... and they do rust out (especially the auto ones) between thet radiator and the internal transmission cooler.

I suggest getting a copper core radiator.

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:28 am 
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factory ones are copper or brass...

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:34 am 
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They must of skimped on the later models then I guess ... as AU-onwards radiators are aluminium.

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:37 am 
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I know Ozeparts sell new radiators for $160 shipped to your door.

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Transmission: Automatic
Tank: Plastic
Core: Aluminium
No. of Row(s): 1
Thickness: 24mm
For 6 Cylinders Only
Not for UTE

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 10:07 am 
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yes, there are a few places selling aluminium core radiators on ebay, for around 150 shipped

anyone got any experiences?
quality?

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:23 pm 
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Go for copper if cost is not the deciding foactor.
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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:39 pm 
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have a look around for a adrad radiator, they have 1 piece end tanks not two halves joined together so they are less prone to spliting down the join.
i was told to stay away from the alloy ones cos the alloy tubes are prone to cracking after a while.

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 9:22 pm 
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I got an upgraded one from NatRad ... they sourced me an ADRAD twin core (copper) radiator for the ute.

Was $275 inc. GST ... and bloody hell it keeps it cool ... will be good for heavy load work in Summer now.

Normally it runs at 94 deg C (diagnostic mode) ... but cruising it now sits around 87-89 deg C ... takes a little longer to warm up on the cool morning .. but that's not too bad really.

I run an auxilliary trans cooler in front as well to aid in cooling as well.

 

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:26 pm 
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millard455 wrote:
have a look around for a adrad radiator, they have 1 piece end tanks not two halves joined together so they are less prone to spliting down the join.
i was told to stay away from the alloy ones cos the alloy tubes are prone to cracking after a while.


That is what I put in a EB.

The alloy ones from China also are known for not cooling the tranny as good. Pay the extra $30 odd dollars for the cooper one.
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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 12:37 am 
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I used an aluminium radiator in my EB, it was either from ebay or ozeparts - can't remember.
The thing rusted out within about 6 months, not good.
Get a copper one!

 

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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 2:22 am 
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Yer mate go for the copper one, Theres a guy around here selling them for $170 brand new in box.

These have metal end tanks and everything, really good brand, cant remember the name though.
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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 9:29 am 
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thanks for the advice
sounds like copper is the go
will track one down & see how it goes

 

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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 7:50 pm 
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ally actually cools quicker than copper but won't last as long with fatigue & electrolytic resistance etc.

i got a copper adrad 5ltr taxi radiator, can't remember how many cores it actually has i think it's tripple. if not double at least, paired with a davies craig 16" thermo i can't get it hot if i try. even on the spot action never goes over half way on the stock guage.

 

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Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:22 pm 
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