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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:35 pm 
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ok what are everyones thoughts on aluminium core rads with plastic tanks, cause i might be needing a new rad and don't know on what sort i should get,, aloy or norm

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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:31 pm 
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Alternatively copper/brass as well. Anything but plastic I reckon.. Your wallet up for an alloy one? Go for it. Also depends on how far you intend to modify the engine as well.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:44 pm 
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the factory rads have plastic tanks, the alloy core rad looks nice

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:50 pm 
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If the radiator is functioning properly, there's not a huge problem in running plastic side tanks. Mine split open a few months back, was very blocked... didnt get too hot but the pressure buildup @ redline due to the blockages was enough to crack the tank open.

I got a standard replacement from ebay for $170... car runs cool as a cucumber on a hot day in traffic.... im not sure what kind of mods would warrant an alluminium radiator... there's a fair bit of outlay right there.

The seller on ebay offered me a 3 core for about $320. God knows what an alum sets you back? Seller was gman (the rad man, lol)

(these are prices, new, with free delivery in australia)

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:55 pm 
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thats where i saw the alloy core rads with plastic tanks, he sold one in auction for 150, the std ones he sells for 180 buy it now

 

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Its getting to be that Alloy is cheaper than copper now.. As every car manu is using alloy ..Its better with alloy heads etc..Less chance of electronisis / corosion...Plastic tanks last about as good as copper..They all blow out if there are other issues anyway...

 

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