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Old 07-16-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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Best Replacement Radiator

From the reading I've done I want a single or double row radiator. A lot of people recommended radiatorbarn but I can't find them, did they go out of business? I've also read a lot of mixed reviews about them. Any suggestions on brands?

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Old 07-16-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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I had gone through this recently and just about everyone was pumping up the oem radiator, which mine did last 140k miles. i have an auto, so there is a trans cooler in the radiator. oem radiator for manual is $200, for an auto its $300. i opted for the spectra brand oem like model from autozone for $140.

so far so good and it has a lifetime warranty. I have had it installed for about 4 months now

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There are a lot of "OE replacement" radiators around and most are cheap Chinese imports. Personally, I'd go for the OE Mopar from a discounted source like Mopar parts | Dodge parts | Chryler parts | Jeep parts | WeRMopar.com

A single row radiator is a more efficient and slightly better cooler than a 2-row similar size radiator if for the type of uses typical to a Jeep which is why Jeep converted from a 2 to a 1-row radiatore around 2002 or so.
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Right now my entire coolant system is in pieces, my radiator hasn't been leaking but has 155k on it, I'm debating on replacing it as insurance. I might be doing a stroker build in the upcoming year or so and I've heard good things about griffin radiators, I'm debating to either stick with my existing rad or upgrade to a griffin now, any input?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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Right now my entire coolant system is in pieces, my radiator hasn't been leaking but has 155k on it, I'm debating on replacing it as insurance. I might be doing a stroker build in the upcoming year or so and I've heard good things about griffin radiators, I'm debating to either stick with my existing rad or upgrade to a griffin now, any input?
I am writing a full write-up in another thread, but I just replaced my 152,000 mile original radiator on my 2001 TJ after it started leaking from the top crimp. I bought a ToughOne from Advanced Auto for $102 using a 30% coupon. Made in China but lifetime warranty.
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Unfortunately, so-called lifetime warranties for cheap Chinese parts more usually means a lifetime of problems and premature failures. I'll take a good quality OE Mopar radiator with its 12 month warranty over any Autozone or Advanced Auto cheapy with its lifetime warranty.

Something to keep in mind is that quality and length of warranty are seldom in direct proportion. In the case of lifetime warranties in cheap parts, retailers count on people not keeping their vehicles for long after replacing those types of parts. Their lifetime warranty is simply a marketing gimmick since it's certainly no indication of reliability or quality.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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I did some research on the ToughOne brand and found this:

ToughOne radiators
national-brand quality — The manufacturer of ToughOne radiators also makes radiators for Cummins®, Denso
and Nissan.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #8
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Warranties only count for something if the manufacturer will actually honor it. Most will spend more energy trying to find a reason not to nowadays.
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Warranties only count for something if the manufacturer will actually honor it. Most will spend more energy trying to find a reason not to nowadays.
Advance Auto Parts handles the warranty on the ToughOne radiator I bought from them.
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Good to know. If the retailer handles the warranty claim, you'll get better results. Too many products now are stamped "do not return to store for defects/claims."
I'm sure I'll be due for a radiator soon as well.
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Warranties don't get you home.
True. Not all aftermarket parts are crap though. If they make Denso and Nissan also I think I am good.
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American made?

I have a 2000 wrangler and will be upgrading the cooling system with either a new radiator or a rebuild.
Reading the posts i have to wonder if finding a local shop with a good reputation would be better than buying a cheap replacement made in a different country.
Got to beleive that the local shop would be more likely to honor a warranty.
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As Jerry said go with the original factory radiator replacement, most of the radiators on the market will give you problems down the road and having to ships a radiator is not fun, been there done that. My Aftermarket all aluminum radiator started to leak after 2 months and they had a 1 year warranty, shipped it to them and they said they wouldnt cover the leak. Went back to the OE radiator and its been 1 year and no leak.
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some parts are usually better than others, the hard part is finding the good ones to save yourself some labor. Not all parts stores are crap like Pete said, however as a recent user of a lifetime warranty on a replacement radiator that was less that 2 years old I agree with Jerry. I have no idea why the quality control has gone to pot over the past 10 years other than to say "global market place."

It truly makes no sense to put on a radiator that will likely fail, cause that sucker will at the worst possible time. I put my NAPA OE style rad on originally because I couldn't have my vehicle down for the 1 week it would take to get a Mopar rad in. I put another NAPA in because they did honor the warranty (save the receipt!) but it was a bad time to do it (isn't it always?) I swear if it starts leaking again I will take my chances on doing it over with Mopar and I'm debating on if I should go ahead and order one to have on hand.

The last brake job I did the rotors were from India and the pads were from Mexico. I wish we could get rid of the freaking unions so we can start manufacturing in the USA again.

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