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Old 03-14-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
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time to get rid of the stock radiator.

Well, to start off I need a new radiator. the stock one is cracked. I would like to get an all metal one and get rid of the plastic/aluminum.

I looked up the "radiator Barn" and they have the 2 row all aluminum construction with the transmission cooler built in.

It is the 183.00 toward the bottom, what do ya'll think?


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Old 03-14-2010, 06:43 PM   #2
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check it out, massive 3 row aluminum for 200.00 heres my install. you can use the stock fan and shroud and all bolt in. waaaay better then anything from radiator barn

Champion 3 row aluminum rad full install

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:49 PM   #3
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Where a Jeep TJ is concerned, a 2-row radiator is a better choice and better cooling choice than a 3 row radiator is. They both fit into the same size core, but the 2-row has more room for larger water channels and is more efficient for the types of uses a Jeep typically sees than a 3-row radiator is.

Jeep went from a 2-row to a 1-row around 2003 for slightly better cooling. Most high-dollar all-aluminum radiators (the OE radiator has an aluminum core) are all single-row core radiators.

Radiator Barn is highly variable on quality and their cores are not aluminum like the OE radiator is. Since Jeep finally got their act together on their aluminum/plastic radiators and aren't known for leaking any more like they used to be, I'd go with an OE replacement for its better cooling ability if I needed to replace my aftermarket radiator if I couldn't afford one of the high-zoot all aluminum 1 row core radiators.
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