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post #16 of 22 Old 04-10-2018, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yes. I started the screw in each hole, then backed them out, then installed the shroud.


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post #17 of 22 Old 04-10-2018, 01:56 PM
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Read here how much better an all metal 3 row radiator would be.
That was very surprising to read, given the number of years I have actively participated here.

Not many here, and probably next to none with any experience, would recommend any aftermarket 3-row radiator. The single-row OE radiator from Mopar pretty much has better cooling traits than anything out there that we're aware of. The number of rows in a radiator core really has very little to do with how well it cools. In fact, the factory went from its initial 2-row radiator to a different 1-row radiator design sometime around 2001 which produced better cooling. All of the Mopar radiators used in our TJs use an all aluminum core.

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I will agree and disagree with Jerry. Number of cores means almost nothing. The more cores the worse possibly. Thickness matters a bunch though.

The OEM rad works fine as long as it's in good shape and all the other factory bits are in place. You need a fan shroud. Period. No exception. Electric fans almost never outflow OEM style mechanical fans. The OEM plastic end style is prone to leak though, so that's a downside. I've seen it too many times to count on not just Jeeps, but it's the OEM style for most cars now days so it can't be that bad.

That being said I have an all aluminum 4" thick rad and it cools my stroker with a shrouded e-fan just fine.

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I will agree and disagree with Jerry. Number of cores means almost nothing. The more cores the worse possibly.
Just so there's no confusion, there's but one core... it can have 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. rows.

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Just so there's no confusion, there's but one core... it can have 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. rows.
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That was very surprising to read, given the number of years I have actively participated here.

Not many here, and probably next to none with any experience, would recommend any aftermarket 3-row radiator. The single-row OE radiator from Mopar pretty much has better cooling traits than anything out there that we're aware of. The number of rows in a radiator core really has very little to do with how well it cools. In fact, the factory went from its initial 2-row radiator to a different 1-row radiator design sometime around 2001 which produced better cooling. All of the Mopar radiators used in our TJs use an all aluminum core.
Yes. You, and several others, have been steadfast in your recommendation of the factory rad, and I should have listened! There were plenty of recommendations for the cheaper aftermarket rads, though, at the time.

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