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Old 07-02-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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Anyone install an aluminum radiator as seen on eBay yet?

For the same price as an all-steel, they have 100% aluminum radiators on ebay. I know some of you jumped and purchased a few months back. I was just looking for some feedback on their build and performance before I look to get an all-steel.
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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Worked great for me!(still working great!)

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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look for one that has a 3/8" tap hole on the bottom so whenever you wish to go with an electric fan, it will be very easy to install it (and will save you money).
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why would you need a 3/8ths tap hole???
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Because trip said so
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if your talking about for a switch to activate the efan theres more then one way to kill that bird. Ive been using this and it works fine.


i Use the drain plug in the rad for my autolite gauge sending unit
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Any notice in temp drop with the aluminum?

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Well yes this will work however if you're gonna buy a new radiator, why not get the right one?
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if your talking about for a switch to activate the efan theres more then one way to kill that bird. Ive been using this and it works fine.


i Use the drain plug in the rad for my autolite gauge sending unit
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Any notice in temp drop with the aluminum?

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runs a tad cooler
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having or not having the 3/8s hole has nothing to do with having a correct rad. typically the 3/8 hole is the drain plugin the rad. ive never seen a rad come pre prepped for sensor holes.

As far as the aluminum rad keeping the motor cooler... it will only cool as low as your Tstat. the aluminum will just maintain that temp better in high heat situations.
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Can someone send me a link or two on where to get such a fine upgrade.

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I did the same radiator on mine about a month ago
Im still running a little hot with the AC on and I have changed everything that has to do with the cooling system

then I found out from a syrvice bulletin that I need to have my cpu reprogramed
so once I have that done I'll know if its any good
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Mine runs extremely hot when I turn on the A/C. I'm going to get a new A/C condensor too and do them both at the same time. My condensor fins are somewhat mangled, and I think that is slowing down the airflow, and heats up the radiator when it gets hot.

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I have the same issue. whenever i turn on the AC my temp creeps up on me. Where did you see a Service bulletin at for it??? I was thinking of turning my compressor into a air setup.
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I have the same issue. whenever i turn on the AC my temp creeps up on me. Where did you see a Service bulletin at for it??? I was thinking of turning my compressor into a air setup.

I was running several checks with the computer at a friends mechanic shop
when we couldnt find anything wrong we decided to sheck out the service bulletins to see if they listed anything like that

heres something that I found on the internet
http://www.alldata.com/TSB/04/010406d2.html
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I was running several checks with the computer at a friends mechanic shop
when we couldnt find anything wrong we decided to sheck out the service bulletins to see if they listed anything like that

heres something that I found on the internet
http://www.alldata.com/TSB/04/010406d2.html

I didnt see that problem on that site but at the mechanic shop it it gave a breif discription of exactly what my jeep has been doing

and it said to solve the problem change the fan and fan clutch and have the cpu flashed a reprogramed

before you do this I would double check with the dealership they should have access to the bulletins
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Link to where I can buy this radiator?
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Link to where I can buy this radiator?

ebay brotha!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JEEP-...spagenameZWDVW


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1997-...spagenameZWDVW
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Well now, I have my next upgrade.
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I have still yet to figure out my electrical problem...my junk in sitting in the garage!!!
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How can the computer affect the engine temperature? As in, how can reflashing the computer cause the engine to run cooler? I wouldn't think it would be to richen the fuel mixture which would be the wrong way to lower combustion chamber temps.
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I was wondering the same thing.

I would understand if you had to change out the thermostat to accomodate the new radiator.

But I don't think the computer has anything to do with engine temp, if it does, I will be really suprised.

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How can the computer affect the engine temperature? As in, how can reflashing the computer cause the engine to run cooler? I wouldn't think it would be to richen the fuel mixture which would be the wrong way to lower combustion chamber temps.
Maybe it's a prob with the temp gauge being off.
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How can the computer affect the engine temperature? As in, how can reflashing the computer cause the engine to run cooler? I wouldn't think it would be to richen the fuel mixture which would be the wrong way to lower combustion chamber temps.
I was wondering the same thing but I have c.hanged out everything
and it still does it hopefully my buddy at the dealership will be able to get me in soon and flash and reprogram it for free then I will know for sure

I did the old hot rod thing and stuck a 180 thermostat in and even though it ran under 210 it still creeped up with the ac on

I have been having a diffrent problem and it is rough Idle on cold start
that is in the service bulletin and it says the same thing flash and reprogram the cpu
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Thanks for the pix.

I'm sold. However, the look will take some getting used to since my TJ is dark blue. The radiator will stand out like crazy.
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Well I did the E fan conversion a few months back and at the time of the conversion I noticed a little coolant around the top lip of the radiator and passed it off as the crappy rubber seal around the crappy plastic tanks but I am guessing now it was a hairline crack in the plastic tank.Anyway ever since the E-Fan it has been running alot cooler,around 190 instead of the 210 were it did before.I had the trailer hooked up with my KFX 700 on it and was headed the the local fair to let my son run it in the quad drags they were having.While headed out the road we had the A/C cranking plus pulling the trailer I noticed the temps were climbing up more and more so it got just about 210 when we turned into the fair grounds and it was like someone threw a 5 gallon bucket of water in the windshield.So I shut it down and got to checking and the whole top blew off the radiator.So I guess between the extra load of the trailer and quad plus running the A/C when I normally don't was just to much.I was afraid it had something to do with the E-fan until I pulled the rad out yesterday and the plastic tank was so brittle you could push on it real hard and run your finger through the side.I broke a big piece out of it and you could just brake it up into little pieces.So I am guessing it was the original rad but now have ordered the aluminum one talked about here from ebay $164 shipping and all.A stock plastic tank rad was going to cost me $130 But anyway I just figured I would let anyone looking at this to know to watch your temps while running A/C and if you are far from home and notice them creeping up you had better turn the A/C off
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ooo yea the good ol stock rad. mine did the same thing on a steep downhill descent.
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I did the same radiator on mine about a month ago
Im still running a little hot with the AC on and I have changed everything that has to do with the cooling system

then I found out from a syrvice bulletin that I need to have my cpu reprogramed
so once I have that done I'll know if its any good
Don pyror aka savage son 4x4 has a nice report on overheating that I read.It's an official service bullentin from Jeep in regards to overheating issues.They suggest a 7 bladed fan and a HD fan clutch and to have the CPU reprogmmed as well. The bullentin has the Chrysler Jeep part numbers as well.I think Don is on this forum. If not he is on the Arizona virtual jeep club.
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Don pyror aka savage son 4x4 has a nice report on overheating that I read.It's an official service bullentin from Jeep in regards to overheating issues.They suggest a 7 bladed fan and a HD fan clutch and to have the CPU reprogmmed as well. The bullentin has the Chrysler Jeep part numbers as well.I think Don is on this forum. If not he is on the Arizona virtual jeep club.
I thought of running the 7 blade fan

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