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post #1 of 21 Old 11-22-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator

Learned my lesson buying the cheapest no name radiator I could find. Got 4 years out of it. Oh well. Not too bad I guess. Now lets hope for some good weather, so I can replace it again.

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-22-2019, 01:54 PM
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WJ radiators aren't known for their longevity. A "better" one might have given 5 or 6 years. I'm not sure how you'd determine that one is better than another though. And, is paying 4x or 5x as much for a Mopar one actually worth it? I'm not sure it is because I'm not convinced it would be 4x or 5x better than most of the other junk out there.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-22-2019, 01:57 PM
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My OEM radiator had 185k before it went out..

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-22-2019, 02:04 PM
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I got an aluminum radiator from Jegs for just over $300. and it has lasted about 5 years thus far and I have NO issues with it. Thats in a 90 YJ.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-22-2019, 02:27 PM
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My OEM radiator had 185k before it went out..
Well yeah, if you can find a new/old stock genuine Mopar radiator (not likely) or if Mopar is still using the same supplier for the radiator built to the same spec as they were 20 years ago (not likely) or if you manage to get a good aluminum radiator and want to pay for it.

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-23-2019, 10:11 AM
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I went through three Mopar rads in 10 years on my bought-new KJ. I'd never buy a Mopar rad again, the price premium simply isn't worth it.

I bought a stock-type rad for just under $100 from Radiator Express for my ZJ, and when it arrived it turned out to be a Silla. Never had any problems with it in the four years or so I had the ZJ before I sold it.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-23-2019, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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If memory serves correctly, I removed the upper tie bar to get the radiator out last time. Anyone get it out without doing that?
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-23-2019, 07:59 PM
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What do you mean by "upper tie bar"? The WJ uses a drag link and a tie rod in the steering linkage, but there's nothing called a tie bar.

And if you meant you removed part of the steering linkage to get the rad out, no, I've never had to do that. It's not part of any Jeep rad replacement procedure I've ever seen.
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-23-2019, 08:30 PM
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No, I think he's talking about the radiator crossmember that runs across the top of the radiator to both fenders. Yes, you have to remove it.

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post #10 of 21 Old 11-25-2019, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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What do you mean by "upper tie bar"? The WJ uses a drag link and a tie rod in the steering linkage, but there's nothing called a tie bar.

And if you meant you removed part of the steering linkage to get the rad out, no, I've never had to do that. It's not part of any Jeep rad replacement procedure I've ever seen.

https://www.amazon.com/Radiator-Supp.../dp/B07MKSK1L8
some call it an upper tie bar.
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No, I think he's talking about the radiator crossmember that runs across the top of the radiator to both fenders. Yes, you have to remove it.
I did last time. Just wondering if anyone had any luck without doing that. It wasn't that bad to do anyways.
Trying to remember....I am getting old, lol. It LOOKS like it would come right out, but it won't. I am sure I will be fine, again.
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-25-2019, 06:56 AM
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This is the video I used the last time.. I'm like you. I can't remember.. LOL. It shows the radiator support being pulled off.


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Now I know I didn't take that much of the Jeep apart, lol.
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-25-2019, 08:18 AM
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Now I know I didn't take that much of the Jeep apart, lol.
Yeah.. I tried the "easy path" videos and didn't have much luck with that.

I have the mechanical as well as the e-fan, integrated tranny cooler, etc. If you don't have all that you may be able to get it done easier.

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Yeah.. I tried the "easy path" videos and didn't have much luck with that.

I have the mechanical as well as the e-fan, integrated tranny cooler, etc. If you don't have all that you may be able to get it done easier.

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I vaguely recall last time saying "This will come right out without taking that off"....wrong.
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