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Unread 04-08-2012, 01:23 AM   #31
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:58 AM   #32
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When it rains, it pours. In the last month, I've changed the thermo, water-pump, bypass hose and a freeze plug.
What "bypass hose"?...
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Unread 04-08-2012, 05:46 AM   #33
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When my factory radiator split across the top at 130k i got a replacement from autozone i think it cost me around 200, the caps were plastic but it came with a lifetime warranty. Well that lasted a year and when it blew it stranded me in the woods. Brought it in for warranty replacement and they gave me one with metal caps. Going on 3 years, and when it goes bad a again i can get another free one.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 06:13 AM   #34
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eBay???

Last year my rad began to leak around the top seam. TJ w/ 101,000mi.
So, checked almost everywhere and ended up getting one from eBay ...to my door was $65.00. Easy install and still working flawlessy. Also lifetime guarantee.
This unit was very well built; the crimps were smaller, but more of them...good engineering. All other seams, tubes, etc. were well built.
So, I took a chance, but have not had any problems so far.

This can be a crap shoot, but for the buck I feel this was OK. Most are made in China or Tiwan, anyway (check your OEM replacement......) so why not buy from someone who doesn't mark them up 2-300%?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 06:53 AM   #35
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so why not buy from someone who doesn't mark them up 2-300%?
Because like you said it is a crap shoot. I've never seen a TJ rad give out before 100k miles so that's pretty good evidence they are top notch for our application and Id rather pay an extra $100 on an essential part of the cooling system. But thats just me, I also use Mobil 1 10w-40 and Royal Purple trans fluid, but that's a different topic all together.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #36
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I purchased this Silla all aluminum radiator Was more than a new stock one but not by much and does not have the plastic top and bottom which have failed a few guys I know of. Out of the box.
The new radiator had two additional lines at the bottom (see photo above) that my stock one did not... These are lines used for cooling automatic transmission fluid. I have a manual so I have no use for them.
Well, that ALL-Aluminum rad sure does look good under the hood! ;-)
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Unread 04-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #37
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I have an appointment to drop off my brass/copper radiator on monday and have it rodded and boiled.
How much does this cost?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:00 PM   #38
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the stock oem unit in my jeep went out at 70,000 miles. sprung a leak were the plastic is clamped down.
This is EXACTLY where mine failed...
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #39
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My stock radiator went out.... 9 years 54,000 miles.

I replaced it with one from Amazon since the free shipping makes a huge difference on stuff up here in Kodiak Alaska...

http://www.amazon.com/Spectra-Premiu...3859695&sr=8-1

Less than $100, OEM "style" and according to the manufacture website, manufactured in North America.

Only had it for a bit though - we'll see how it holds up.
Yup! Been checking there, too! We'll see if I can find one. Shipping to Texas shouldn't be as bad...
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #40
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Call the guys at http://www.onsalejeepparts.com/ , they ship free and probably you'll find a decent radiator there under $300 Get most of my replacement parts there lately...
I'll definitely check. Thanks for the info!
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:03 PM   #41
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i'll tell you what DIDN'T work ... radiator barn ***** ... stay away ... far, far away!
That's what I hear. They seem pretty unpopular on this forum...
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:05 PM   #42
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What "bypass hose"?...
It's the metal hose coming FROM the water-pump that runs back to the firewall. Mine was seized to the pump, so had to be replaced. Unfortunately, it's a dealer-only part. Cost about $20...
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:11 PM   #43
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When my factory radiator split across the top at 130k i got a replacement from autozone i think it cost me around 200, the caps were plastic but it came with a lifetime warranty. Well that lasted a year and when it blew it stranded me in the woods. Brought it in for warranty replacement and they gave me one with metal caps. Going on 3 years, and when it goes bad a again i can get another free one.
This is where I always go for parts. Never had to make a warranty claim - good to know they covered it. I know the OEM is probably best (lasted me 15 years), but I always wondered why they made the tanks from plastic...?
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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #44
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just got a cx racing all aluminum rad for my zj . My friend who is a certified mechanic and race car builder said his partner uses them in his crx for years with no problems at all racing on the track. I only installed mine the other day but the normal operating tem has dropped about 20 deg. It looked good and only cost 30 dollars more then the factory. If the factory had made the radiator with metal end tanks then they wouldn't be so prone to burst out. Why i replaced mine. Best part it fit perfectly with 0 modification to it.

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Unread 04-08-2012, 02:28 PM   #45
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total with shipping was 160.00
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