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Unread 07-03-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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cj7 radiator

iv now am at a lose i have ordered and gotten 4 radiators now claiming that they fit the 85 cj7 but none have anyone run into to this pblm ??? in about to junk the jeep being i cant find someone to relie on on as far as parts

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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Are you using part no. J536 2165?

If you have the 258 (your profile does not say) there were only 2 radiators in 1985, the heavy duty and the non-heavy duty (part listed above).

You do not say how it does not fit but I presume it is a physical fitting to the vehicle. The hoses presumably fit as they only come one way and are simple so is it the mounting to the body?

If your radiator is peculiar then is it a recore needed? If so could a local radiator specialist not fix it?

Lastly, if junking the CJ, could you fit it in a container and ship it to me?

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Unread 07-03-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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hey bagus thanks for the info im working with a 258 stock with clutch fan and stock cowl 4 time now i have ordered a radiator so called to fit the 85 all have been the same the hd down to the cheapy the pblm is the set back on the mounting tags mine the org is set back about an inch and 1/2 all the ones im getting are flush mount thus the fan is into the core im at a road block now do i order 1 more time are just have the old one recored due to the fact the after market ones suck donkey
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Unread 07-03-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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sounds like your getting 3 core radiators instead of the 2core..make sure you order 2 core if you have the clutch fan .
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Unread 07-03-2011, 09:04 PM   #5
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thanks perk but now im thinking 1 row is the ticket but who has them ??? i wish i could talk to someone who knows more about this
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Unread 07-04-2011, 12:00 AM   #6
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There are indeed different offsets, looking at the parts manual they range from being a 258ci radiator with the mounting lugs on brackets on the back of the radiator (hence radiator fully forward) to the 4 cylinder which is on the front (hence radiator some way into the engine bay).

If you have the shroud and the fan drive then they were mated to part number J536 2492 1 which is the heavy duty cooling radiator. This indeed is set some way into the grille area and looks like it has the central radiator cap. The height of the radiators is different and they may have different cowls so worth checking you are gettung a like for like replacement.





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Unread 07-04-2011, 06:31 AM   #7
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If you have a fan clutch, you need the radiator with the cap offset. Not the one with the cap in the center. I went through this at auto zone and the guy gave up trying to order one. They were the wrong ones or out of stock(correct one). Just go have it re-cored and avoid the PITA.
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Unread 07-04-2011, 07:13 AM   #8
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Guys I have been running a 3 core V8 radiator (Think I told them 1978) from Advanced with a center cap and fan clutch for over 2 years now and have zero problems..
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Unread 07-04-2011, 07:55 AM   #9
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Guys I have been running a 3 core V8 radiator (Think I told them 1978) from Advanced with a center cap and fan clutch for over 2 years now and have zero problems..
I guess depending on where you get it, they must be made differently. The one I got would definitly not fit (center cap).
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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:21 AM   #10
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Mine was made by Ready-Rad
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:27 AM   #11
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instead of trying to buy the high dollar aluminum crap that you dont need, just go to your local radiator shop it get what you need the first time. it be cheaper, quicker and guarantee to fit
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:36 AM   #12
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instead of trying to buy the high dollar aluminum crap that you dont need, just go to your local radiator shop it get what you need the first time. it be cheaper, quicker and guarantee to fit
Who said anything about high dollar aluminum crap that you dont need? Mine was $179 at the time, got it the first time, was quick, and has a lifetime warranty from advanced.....
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:45 AM   #13
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I use jegs universal aluminum radiator. Has 2- one inch cores, made in America and was $180. Granted I had to have universal mounts welded on but I have $200 total in it and worth every cent.
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:53 AM   #14
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Brown bag with another dumb a$$ statment!!!! GO figure. By the way DUMB A$$ I'am running one of your not needed ALUMINUM Raid. And not haveing any problems and was not expencive. NOW WHAT??????

Guys please let me play Monster Jeep and run over his junk jeeps PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 07-04-2011, 10:02 AM   #15
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give BTR-radiator.com a try. they can get you what you need i am sure. they specialize in 4wd vehicles.
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