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post #1 of 24 Old 06-23-2021, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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All Aluminum Radiator

Any thoughts or experience with aftermarket all aluminum radiators? My OEM radiator is cracked at the top plastic hose fitting. I'm thinking all aluminum might not be a bad thing. I've read over an over again go with the Mopar OEM radiator.


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post #2 of 24 Old 06-23-2021, 11:18 AM
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Everyone is most likely going to tell you that plastic tank OEM is the way to go...
That being said, I love my griffin. Only 3 years on it though.. it's been solid

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I now have now twice gone with a copper/brass one from Summit. Granted they are on XJs not TJs but I have 3 years on one and now a just install occurring. I like the Copper Brass, seems substantial.
I have new rubber mounts upper and lower on them.

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if you want an all aluminum radiator to have a chance at outlasting an OEM Mopar radiator you're looking at about double the cost. and thats still a chance, not a guarantee.

I wish there was a better option, but the OEM mopar is by far the best bang for the buck for our TJ's, they last between 100k-150k miles. many all aluminum radiators dont make it to 10k miles.
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My apologies, I checked.. installed the griffin in 2017. So that's about 45,000 miles so far.. time will tell

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Any thoughts or experience with aftermarket all aluminum radiators? My OEM radiator is cracked at the top plastic hose fitting. I'm thinking all aluminum might not be a bad thing. I've read over an over again go with the Mopar OEM radiator.
How many miles did you get out of your Mopar radiator?
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I don't know if this is the first or second radiator and I don't know how to read the date code. The jeep has over 100K and its a 97'.

FYI - I went to the Jeep dealer in my town and tried to price an OEM radiator this morning. The guy at the parts counter told me to buy aftermarket. I told him 97' Wrangler, 4.0, automatic. He asked me for VIN and I didn't have it. He said for a jeep that old I probably can't get an OEM radiator. If I order one anyway its payment in advance and if it doesn't fit he won't take it back. He was being a real dick...
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I don't know if this is the first or second radiator and I don't know how to read the date code. The jeep has over 100K and its a 97'.



FYI - I went to the Jeep dealer in my town and tried to price an OEM radiator this morning. The guy at the parts counter told me to buy aftermarket. I told him 97' Wrangler, 4.0, automatic. He asked me for VIN and I didn't have it. He said for a jeep that old I probably can't get an OEM radiator. If I order one anyway its payment in advance and if it doesn't fit he won't take it back. He was being a real dick...
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My VIN returns "Invalid VIN" in the "Make sure your parts fit your vehicle." field. Is that normal for a 97'?
Yes, mine is an automatic, are we sure the 55037653AB will fit?

Thanks!
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My VIN returns "Invalid VIN" in the "Make sure your parts fit your vehicle." field. Is that normal for a 97'?

Yes, mine is an automatic, are we sure the 55037653AB will fit?



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We need Jerry for confirmation. I checked my model year in that search.. 2001 with a 32rh and 4.0.. I'm not well versed on the 97

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My VIN returns "Invalid VIN" in the "Make sure your parts fit your vehicle." field. Is that normal for a 97'?
Yes, mine is an automatic, are we sure the 55037653AB will fit?

Thanks!
According to what I can find, that p/n is correct and will fit your '97 with an automatic transmission.

I agree with the others, stay with Mopar. You'd probably have to pay at least 2X more for an aftermarket radiator that had its same reserve cooling capacity and quality. At least you can find them, that's a good thing.

It's usually a good idea to also replace the thermostat with a fresh 195 degree like a SuperStat from Stant, and if you can a fresh Mopar water pump. New hoses and a new serpentine belt is suggested too. I throw the old serpentine belt and hoses into my TJ's spare parts box for emergency trail repairs.
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I went thru 3 Aluminum radiators before getting a Mopar, the Mopar has outlasted all 3 time wise

I was told by the guy at the radiator shop that electrolysis and vibration kill the aluminum ones.
They are OK for the street rigs, but not where I go.....
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I went thru 3 Aluminum radiators before getting a Mopar, the Mopar has outlasted all 3 time wise

I was told by the guy at the radiator shop that electrolysis and vibration kill the aluminum ones.
They are OK for the street rigs, but not where I go.....
What brands were your Al* radiators?

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I went thru 3 Aluminum radiators before getting a Mopar, the Mopar has outlasted all 3 time wise

I was told by the guy at the radiator shop that electrolysis and vibration kill the aluminum ones.
They are OK for the street rigs, but not where I go.....
You can buy anodes that install similar to a sensor unit specifically to cancel the electrolytic process with aluminum. Adds a year or two of lifespan. Buy another ($5) when the first one dissolves.
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-25-2021, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, think I will be sticking to Mopar. I already have some new gates hoses, the thermostat I got is from Advanced Auto Parts, I cant remember the brand. I'll look at doing the water pump. I'm thinking about replacing the temp sensor at the thermostat housing. When the jeep was overheating temp on the gauge looked OK. That was confusing me at the time.
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