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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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need a new radiator

Any suggestions for a new radiator? I don't want to spend a ton of money on it.

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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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before you spend any $$ on a more than likely cheap chinese POS, take your old one to a reliable radiator shop and see if they can fix it. The old, original radiators, when fixed, are much better then any POS you will buy new and you know they will fit!
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Unread 06-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Any suggestions for a new radiator? I don't want to spend a ton of money on it.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...l#post12262955

RockAuto offers three Spectra ratiators
SPECTRA PREMIUM Part # CU583 15-7/8" Between Tanks; Heavy Duty Cooling $186.79
SPECTRA PREMIUM Part # CU58 16-3/4" Between Tanks $220.79
SPECTRA PREMIUM Part # CU80315-5/8" Between Tanks; Standard Duty Cooling $237.70

The inlets and outlets and cap are right where they should be, the lower outlet is angled up as it should be.

The one in the Jeep has 15 5/8 between the tanks but is a three row. The three row spectra is 15 7/8. (The core width is correct)
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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Yup go with the rock auto spectre cu583. It's a good 3 core for a great price. I have had mine for a year and no issues. Was a bit cheaper then. I picked it up for about $150 plus shipping at the time. I think if you want to get one from a local store autozone has the same thing.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
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not so fast. Go to Autozone and get one. Spectra 3 core is $180 with a lifetime warranty. If you ever have ANY issue, take it back..

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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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Just for comparison, I brought my old radiator to the shop and they repaired it for about $100.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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Yea, good luck finding someone who will work on a radiator for a decent price. I had no luck in my area.

I took the opportunity to get a three core instead of the two when I replaced mine.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 10:30 AM   #8
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Just for comparison, I brought my old radiator to the shop and they repaired it for about $100.
Good deal but most places want to charge an arm and a leg compared to these prices to rebuild one when I tried to do that on my 64 Impala. Patching a leak might be a bit cheaper but you still would have the same old core.
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Unread 06-04-2012, 11:27 AM   #9
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Get the Spectra. Whether you use Rockauto or a local store they are top quality radiators and you wont be disappointed. They produce for the oem's as well. We received a new International radiator at work the other day and Navistar's label was stuck over the Spectra label!
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