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Old 09-27-2013, 11:53 PM   #1
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Radiator Referrals

Looks like I may need to replace my radiator. What is the best aftermarket radiator out there? Or should I go OEM. Thanks.

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If I could do it over I would go an OEM. After about 11 years my stock one busted. I bought a 2 core radiator barn one and it holds pressure and such, but it sometimes overheats in 100+ heat with the A/C on doing 75 down the highway.

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Old 09-28-2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:40 AM   #4
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i got a replacement at o'rileys auto parts for a little over $100 if i remember right
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:01 AM   #5
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Get an all aluminum one from Aluminum Radiators and Radiator Shroud for Classic Cars and Hot Rods - Champion Radiators

Best radiators in the world!! Ask any hot rodder that has one, including me! My '66 Plymouth Satellite runs much cooler than before with that bad boy in it!

Advertising 2-4 row, '87 to '06 Jeep Wrangler radiators right on front page even for $169.98. Definitely worth it.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:06 AM   #6
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Here is what I used on my 02, it cost's a little more but it's a great radiator. I'll be ordering another for my 98 this spring.




1987 2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ All Aluminum Radiator 3 Row CC2101 | eBay
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:14 AM   #7
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Here is what I used on my 02, it cost's a little more but it's a great radiator. I'll be ordering another for my 98 this spring.




1987 2006 Jeep Wrangler YJ All Aluminum Radiator 3 Row CC2101 | eBay
That radiator is from EXACTLY the same place, and even shows a pic of the same thing, I posted above, except $50 more, so not a very good deal at all!
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Close but no cigar. It's actually $3 difference for the 3 row which is the one I bought. The 2 row is $50 diff. So yes you win, I concede defeat. I failed to look at your link before I posted. For this I am truly sorry. My only reasoning was to share what I had done. My shame cannot be truly expressed on these pages so I will end with this. Please, forgive me.

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LOL Cracked me up, big time!!

Now THAT'S an apology, mudmagnet!!

How could I possibly refuse to accept that!!
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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Hey everyone, thanks for the info. So what is the difference between 1,2, or 3 row radiators and why would a person choose one over the other? I remember reading a post awhile back that said a single row is better, and I'm no expert on this, so I'd really like to buy the right one for my 99 TJ Sahara, 75,000 miles, 4.0, 5 spd, no AC. Some radiators seem built for jeeps with transmission oil coolers (automatics, I presume) and/or oil coolers (not sure about that item, maybe the same). Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:37 AM   #11
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More rows = more surface area to cool the antifreeze. Without a/c I would go with the 2 row. The 3 was just extra insurance for the 105+ temps we see here in the summer. More of a personal choice.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #12
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I know many guys who still run the OEM radiator with no problems in places like Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Florida...
My opinion, If your a Daily driven / weekend wheeler, there is no need to waste money on double the price aftermarket ones.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:36 AM   #13
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If you want the best money can buy , go with Griffin Radiators . Made to take off road abuse . Street car radiators are not made for off roading .
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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Where is the best place to buy an OEM radiator? I've heard Chrysler doesn't stock them anymore for the older TJ's like mine. Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:11 PM   #15
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Got mine from Oscars radiators on eBay. Says lifetime warranty. It started leaking and he shipped me a new one that day. Couldn't be happier 150ish for an all aluminum radiator.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:48 PM   #16
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Thanks. I'll check that reference out. Now I'm a bit confused. Some guys are complaining about the radiators that have plastic top and bottom pieces and others are complaining about aftermarket radiators that don't last the long that are made of metal, I'm assuming aluminum. How were the OEM radiators constructed? Mine has metal top and bottom and I'm thinking its OEM. Maybe I'm confusing myself! I just want to replace this weeping radiator with something that will last -- on the road and off. Thanks again.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:24 AM   #17
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The reason I didn't run the plastic like the stock radiator is they leak. Always will eventually. I built my jeep as a long term project that I will keep for many years. The aluminum will hold up to that. It has all welded seams nothing is crimped together like the plastic. If you want something like the OEM go to napa or AZ or O'Rileys buy cheap.
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With your stock configuration and your area, there really is no need to buy an expensive aftermarket radiator. Autozone has Spectra OEM style radiators, with free shipping and lifetime guarantee, for around $119 ($148 - 20% online). I'm super anal about maintenance and have personally installed two of these on my own Jeeps, with zero issues. I've also helped a couple other friends install them as well, with really only one fitment issue, which was the style of mounting they use for holding the fan shroud in place (factory uses a self tapping screw type, but I had to use a small nut and bolt replacements). FYI, as a side note, the Spectra radiators I installed were made in Canada and not China.

I do recommend that while you have the radiator out, you go ahead and replace the waterpump, fan clutch, thermostat, hoses, and serpentine belt for peace of mind. All of this, assuming you do the work yourself, can be done for around $300. This also will allow you to clean the front timing cover area and check for leaks there.
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Well, I like overkill, I want my radiator to not only be able to handle most anything thrown at it, I want peace of mind and a long long life. I went with an aluminum Drake radiator. Made for the offroad. Yes, it is NOT the cheapest thing on the market. And no, even with a lifetime warranty, if you get one that fails, you still gotta replace it, and if it fails while you are 10 miles offroad and have to be pulled out, what good did that warranty do for you on a cheap radiator.
I agree with Offroad1 in that while you have it off, replace the water pump, etc. That is what I did and I feel like I can go another 80-100K miles with no issues.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:46 PM   #20
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Hey all. Thanks for all the great info on radiators. Now I have a decision to make, but one thing I will also do is replace the water pump, thermostat, etc. much appreciated.
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With your stock configuration and your area, there really is no need to buy an expensive aftermarket radiator. Autozone has Spectra OEM style radiators, with free shipping and lifetime guarantee, for around $119 ($148 - 20% online). I'm super anal about maintenance and have personally installed two of these on my own Jeeps, with zero issues. I've also helped a couple other friends install them as well, with really only one fitment issue, which was the style of mounting they use for holding the fan shroud in place (factory uses a self tapping screw type, but I had to use a small nut and bolt replacements). FYI, as a side note, the Spectra radiators I installed were made in Canada and not China. I do recommend that while you have the radiator out, you go ahead and replace the waterpump, fan clutch, thermostat, hoses, and serpentine belt for peace of mind. All of this, assuming you do the work yourself, can be done for around $300. This also will allow you to clean the front timing cover area and check for leaks there.
Where can u find everything for around that price? Thanks!

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