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Unread 02-19-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Champion Aluminum Radiator?

Anyone running a Champion Radiator in their CJ7?

I am looking for a radiator for mine, and saw these. The prices are really good, almost too good. I am skeptical of the price, makes me think they might be poorly made.

However, I wanted to see if anyone here had any experience with them.

What do you know/what are you thoughts having used one?

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Unread 02-19-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Was a bit scared at first as well, but pulled the trigger . Its solid aluminum all welded ect. looks nice sitting in front of my 350. its a pic of my Jeep torn down for paint, but dont let if fool you I took my Jeep to Dallas twice 2.5 hours each way. No issues
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Unread 02-19-2013, 07:33 AM   #3
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I used the Champion 3-row on my 360.

It fit like it should, and it's done the job, so far. I'd recommend it.

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Unread 02-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #4
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I put one in this last year after 2 other radiators began leaking..the champion doesnt leak and keeps the eng temp lower and steady. Seems like a good choice.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #5
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I put one in a 81 with a 258...
The overflow nipple on it points the wrong way (fixes with a looonnger hose)...
I feel the mounting brackets were wrong so I had to mount it inside my grille and use spacers...
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Unread 02-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #6
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I noticed the overflow nipple was on the wrong side figured a longer hose would be needed. From what I see, you can just buy that hose in a 25' length and cut to fit.

I just ordered it. Thanks for the feedback. I'll post back here once it's installed. Might be a few weeks before I'm all done as I am doing a few things at once.
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My overflow nipple was pointing in the same direction as my original factory radiator...to the passenger side.

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Unread 02-19-2013, 09:21 AM   #8
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Ok. What I was looking at could have just been a stock photo. That was the only thing different that I noticed. I figured if it wasn't a stock photo I would just get a longer hose.

I got part number CC583 for those who are curious.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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I have one in my CJ5. But since you only asked about CJ7's I guess that doesn't count?

No issues with it, seems well made for the price and it works exactly as a radiator should.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #10
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I installed the radiator this weekend, everything worked out well.

I also installed an electric fan, wired to the battery so it will continue to cool after the engine is off. However, the fan stays on for ten minutes after the ignition is off.

I would think there is a timed relay in the switch to keep the fan from cycling on and off too much, but 10 minutes seems excessive. I installed Imperial part no. 226203 for the fan controller.

Any thoughts/experience with this particular part? Could I have the power wired in backwards on the relay? No markings on the relay or the directions of which side is to be tied to the power source vs. the fan. Fan comes on at 195 like I want.
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Your fan controller is probably controlled by a thermostat rather than a timer.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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The fan kicks on at 195(there is only a single adjustment on the relay.

It's wired straight to the battery to continue cooling once engine is shut off. Once engine is shut off, the fan stays on for 10 minutes(to the second),then turns off. When it shuts off the temp is usually below 120. I would think if its controlled only by temp it would shut off before it drops that low. I guess it's possible the radiator is hold heat for a few minutes, could there be that much difference from the radiator and the temp sensor?
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Unread 03-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #13
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If that's normal I am ok with it. But I am afraid the relay is not working properly
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Unread 03-05-2013, 12:03 PM   #14
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A regular relay is just a powered switch. It's either on or off.

You'd need to determine if it has some kind of timer or not, but it sounds like it's working fine.

Just a quick Google search leads me to believe that this is 100% thermostatically controlled and no timer is involved. And yes, there can be that much difference in the radiator temp and your cooland sensor. The radiator gets major heat soak after you shut off the engine.

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Unread 03-05-2013, 12:16 PM   #15
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Ok, the heat soak makes sense to me. I think I will buy a laser read thermometer and check the temp at the radiator rather than going with what the gauge says. This should help me confirm it. Thanks for the help CSP, I am a slow learner haha
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