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
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
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.
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.