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Old 03-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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All aluminium radiator

Anyone running this radiator from Griffin?
Griffin Thermal Products 5-287LA-FAX


Any pros and cons about it? Kinda of pricey though.

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Subscribed. I need a radiator mines leakin like nobody's business so can't wait to hear the results...

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Griffin has a good name but as I understand it, your jeep would need to be slightly modified to install that radiator due to its slightly thicker core.

Personally, I would just go for another factory radiator which has an all aluminum core. Plus it costs less and is well known for its very good cooling ability even out in the desert on hot days.

Early factory radiators earned a reputation for leaking but that was fixed around 1999 or 2000. Replacement factory radiators are actually very reliable and they cool well even in hot conditions.
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Griffin has a good name but as I understand it, your jeep would need to be slightly modified to install that radiator due to its slightly thicker core.

Personally, I would just go for another factory radiator which has an all aluminum core. Plus it costs less and is well known for its very good cooling ability even out in the desert on hot days.

Early factory radiators earned a reputation for leaking but that was fixed around 1999 or 2000. Replacement factory radiators are actually very reliable and they cool well even in hot conditions.

Thanks Jerry. What would you recommend for mine? Brand and place to get them. I6 with auto tranny.
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I would probably first look on RockAuto Auto Parts because of their really good low pricing and speedy deliveries. They usually carry factory replacement OE quality radiators mixed in with cheaper made in China aftermarket radiators.

I buy pretty much all of my replacement parts from Rock Auto.

If you don't find what you are looking for or it is too confusing, let me know and I can look on rock auto tonight to see what I can find.
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Thanks Jerry! I was able to locate them on the site. I will look through it more later at home, time to leave the office
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I didn't see anything that looked like an OE radiator on Rock Auto for your 2000 TJ like I expected. I'd call them to see if they have one that is considered to be the OEM model. The dealer has them of course but that'd be the most expensive source.

Here's a source of OE Mopar parts that has the true OE radiator at discounted prices... look it up at Mopar One is a Nationwide Authorized OEM Mopar Parts Reseller
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I may be needing a new radiator soon for my 2001 Wrangler since it's starting to show some seapage around the seam on the top tank and noticed Radiator Barn has a single row, OE style, aluminum core, plastic tank for $110.
How can you tell if its a good solid OE radiator or just some cheap import? Just because the ad says OE style, does that really mean anything.

And Rock Auto has 3 different ones with plastic tank, aluminum core with one row for $87-$130. Are none of these really desirable?
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mines also leaking around the top too. i think 4wd has them for 142.
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I have a replacement radiator from napa and it hurts me to say but its an import.the tanks looks like they are as thick as the old one and it keeps cool.the price wasn't bad and it has a lifetime replacement warranty.
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One thing about radiators selling for prices like $142 is that the odds are very good it's from China and those don't have a great reputation. To me, the radiator is such a critical part of the engine that I won't skimp on something like that. Maybe if my Jeep were only driven in my local neighborhood but since mine is out in the boondocks so much, I like the added peace of mind I get with better OE quality radiators, starter motors, alternators, water pumps, etc.. A lifetime warranty on a shoddily constructed part won't get you home... it just gets you another replacment you have to install again.
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I hear you on that Jerry. I am however in the market for a different radiator I just don't feel real comfortable with the one I got from napa and at the time I needed a new radiator and couldn't buy a better one. And I wont use stop leak.but now I am able to replace the import one and have seen lots of copper units available for my tj or should I try to find aluminum factory type
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I bought an all copper radiator from NAPA and it works great. It is a two row. Bolted right in and is made in the USA. Plus it came from a local shop, with a lifetime warranty. I like to support my local guys when I can..
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Personally I would go with an aluminum factory radiator like they sell at that discount Mopar parts site that I provided the link to above in post #7.

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