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04-12-2018 02:29 PM
FL 4.0L
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
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.
04-10-2018 08:55 PM
SkylinesSuck Whoops.


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04-10-2018 07:10 PM
Knuckelhead
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Just so there's no confusion, there's but one core... it can have 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. rows.
Ding!...
04-10-2018 05:35 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by SkylinesSuck View Post
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.
04-10-2018 03:25 PM
SkylinesSuck 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.
04-10-2018 02:56 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by FL 4.0L View Post
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.
04-10-2018 02:54 PM
FL 4.0L Yes. I started the screw in each hole, then backed them out, then installed the shroud.
04-10-2018 02:22 PM
Knuckelhead If you haven't installed the shroud you do understand that you need it?...
04-10-2018 01:24 PM
FL 4.0L Here is the photo of the issue. I don't have the shroud in the frame. I was able to eventually get the screw started...
04-10-2018 12:58 PM
FL 4.0L All done. It is warm in SW FL today, so it is running a smidge above the 210 mark as it always does on a warm day. Thinking I'm good to go, hopefully for at least 100K!
04-10-2018 10:59 AM
ThisJustin
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Originally Posted by Varnish View Post
How much more are the OEM radiators compared to the radiator barn ones? Weren't the barn ones like $130.

79k miles but you got 13 years out of it, seems reasonable.
I paid $90 from a company called 1-800-radiator. 2 year warranty.
oem style.
04-10-2018 01:20 AM
FL 4.0L Well, I went out there and took a photo, but I'm not going to have to post it. I got it mounted. They just stamped 4 holes for the fan mounting screws, and it was a bear to get them started and turn 'em down. Would have been nice to have a threaded hole or a nut tacked to the backside. Just after 2 am, so I hooked up the hoses, put the new coolant reservoir in, filled as much coolant as it would take without running it, and I'll finish in daylight. Thanks for looking!
04-09-2018 06:36 PM
mukluk Could you post up pics of what you're dealing with? It might help to figure out a solution for your shroud mounting dilemma.
04-09-2018 05:11 PM
FL 4.0L You're right. At least I could bolt it right up. Any suggestions on how to get the fan shroud mounted since this radiator won't accept the old hex head mounting bolts? Sheet metal screws?
04-09-2018 04:51 PM
Knuckelhead IIRC Radiator Barn is out of business...
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