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Old 07-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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1999 Wrangler-Replacing Radiator

The radiator cracked on my 1999 Jeep Wrangler, I have been patching and re-patching for quite some time now with JB Weld (and several different types of radiator adhesives I've found), but it is definitely not a permanent fix. I've learned that the radiators in these jeeps only last about 10 years, and I now finally have a little bit of time and money I want to replace the radiator.

My question is this:

What are some of the better radiators out there that will not give me as much headache compared to the stock one I have?
And what advice can anyone give to changing them out?
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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I bought the standard one from auto zone. It works fine, but you'll need to grab 4 nuts and bolts because the holes to hold on the shroud are bigger than the stock hardware. It was a bit of a PITA.

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Hey Kyle, welcome to the forum. I burst the radiator on my 99 this winter, another story..... anyway i went with a OEM replacement from the jeep dealer. A little more $$$ yes, but there are a few configs and I wanted to make sure I got the right one. Pretty simple pull and replace. No problems since replacement, get a new radiator cap too.
1999 Intense Blue TJ
My temp runs about 210
I get 17.8 mpg
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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...To anyone who is searching this thread looking for information about replacing their radiator.

Turns out, the radiator that came out of my jeep was not that of a 1999 wrangler, but a 86'-87'. From everything that I researched I found that a new Murray radiator for a 99' wrangler was what I needed. Ordered it online, picked it up, and it was too big. I took the old radiator back to O'Reilly's and they were able to match it up with a 86'-87' radiator. I bought this jeep used so how or why it was this way is still a mystery to me, but for whatever reason the correct year radiator did not fit. I just thought I'd share this information in the event it might apply to someone else too.
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