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07-27-2014 12:07 AM
ERV98TJ Well it has been almost four years now that I have the Champion EC2101 all aluminum 2 core radiator, works great with no problems. Ordered it online in Lake Elsinore, CA it was a simple install. At the same time I did change the water pump, thermostat, hoses, and gave it a good flush. Added coolant fluid and additive to keep the aluminum from corroding. Now the Sept 2014 issue of JP ran an article called "two hour cool down- easy Wrangler radiator swap" by Pete Trasborg, using the same exact Champion radiator as a replacement install. Only difference I paid under 200 for mine through a different company with shipping at that time. It has been a great radiator swap for me!
07-23-2014 04:27 PM
jlgtx Since this is the radiator thread, here's the old decrepit one out of my '98 Wrangler:
04-06-2014 06:31 PM
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01-18-2014 12:17 AM
Majnoon Had my jeep since new. Owned a factory obviously. It leaked slowly almost it's whole life. Had a Griffen. Was a pos lasted less than 6 months. Had a drake it was just as big a pos. got a Napa now and it has impressed and was cheap. Aluminum core. Plastic tanks. I don't recommend stuff often but this radiator was flawless when I lived in Alaska so it's the king to me.
01-17-2014 10:22 PM
Gorving3 That's what I'd like to know before I order a new radiator.
01-17-2014 05:25 PM
jessepalmy
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Originally Posted by Gorving3 View Post
I've read some thoughts that the original factory one-row core has larger tubes and is supposed to cool better than 2/3 row cores with smaller tubes (I think the core can only be just so wide in order to fit any particular vehicle).
So those are thoughts that you have heard. In general is it supposed to be that more core rows is a better cooling or vice versa?
01-17-2014 04:25 PM
Gorving3 I've read some thoughts that the original factory one-row core has larger tubes and is supposed to cool better than 2/3 row cores with smaller tubes (I think the core can only be just so wide in order to fit any particular vehicle).
01-15-2014 11:20 PM
jessepalmy What is the difference between different number of row cores?
01-14-2014 10:43 PM
Gorving3 Have read several threads concerning the choice of 1, 2, or 3 row cores on the replacement radiators. I'd like to replace my original 2001 leaking 1 row core radiator with an all aluminum one to get away from the plastic tanks but most of them are either 2 or 3 row cores and have been trying to decide about the choice of either 2 or 3 row. Maybe it won't make any difference. Even though my current leaking one has never heated above the center mark on the gauge I want to make sure I don't change that with the wrong radiator.
01-13-2014 11:09 PM
jessepalmy Not being picky, but I probably need to replace my radiator and I'd love to hear about steps and pictures of a radiator actually being replaced. If anybody reads this before the summer, post some pictures!
06-04-2012 06:16 PM
Walkingstick
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
Yes it does, all Wrangler TJs do. Maybe yours is an aftermarket replacement.
Yep mine is aftermarket. But I'm gonna replace the sob soon.
05-28-2012 12:06 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Walkingstick View Post
I've got a 2000 TJ and mine doesn't have a plastic top or bottom.
Yes it does, all Wrangler TJs do. Maybe yours is an aftermarket replacement.
05-28-2012 10:32 AM
Walkingstick
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Originally Posted by LArry200TJ
I have the leak on both 2000 Tjs one is at 60k and the other at 50k, after looking around on other sites it seems to be a common problem. I got replys that the top and bottom are plastic held to the metal core by tabs bent over, they lossen up over time (short time) and can be bent back a little tighter but they will loosen up again through normal expansion and contraction, I have not tried to bend them back fearing I'll crack the plastic. Thus a recorse is to replace the OEM plastic one an inexpensive site I was directed to (raditorbarn.com) sales 2 and 3 core rads about 130 and 160 I think and shipping is included. Not a bad price considering some Ive seen at 2-3 hundred others gave good review of the place I have not yet bought one trying to get evry mile out of the old ones.
I've got a 2000 TJ and mine doesn't have a plastic top or bottom.
05-28-2012 10:31 AM
Walkingstick I've got 130k miles on my TJ's factory radiator. Recently flushed it. Going strong!
05-27-2012 10:35 PM
Amped also didnt see page 2. lol
05-27-2012 10:33 PM
Amped cant help ya with your questions DrDonahue, and since they were from january i'm assuming you may have solved the problem anyway. I havent fixed mine yet either, i had a different thread where i asked a few questions about it. mostly answered my questions. although my rad leaks, it doesnt overheat. I just am between a rock and a hard places because i dont want to spend the money to begin with, and if i AM going to fix it, i'd rather throw an all metal beast in there that will cost me 300$. and that money isnt just laying around lately.
also cheers to a 7 year old thread. still not as old as my radiator though ..12 years 120000 miles and it just leaks a little.
04-27-2012 10:33 PM
symondo
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Originally Posted by CopperCrawler View Post
Mine started leaking about six months ago. I read somewhere to put some black pepper in it. They said the black pepper doesn't plug up the heater core, etc like most stop leaks, but it does stop the radiator from leaking. And it had some benefits to the system that I don't remember.

Since I didn't (and still don't) have the money to replace the radiator yet, I tried it. Hasn't leaked since, temp guage still shows the same temp, heater still works fine.

99 Sport w/105,000 mi and original radiator.

Chuck
Yeah, it's a neat trick that. I heard a similar trick and used dried/powdered ginger for a leak. Put a pinch in when cold then run up to temp. It migrates to the leak and swells up in there. It doesn't crud things up like Radweld does.
02-10-2012 01:16 AM
dystaan I have replaced my radiator on my tj for the second time in 2 years, leaking between the tank and core
02-10-2012 12:00 AM
ERV98TJ Well i had 173,000mi on the original radiator in my 98 TJ before I started noticing i had a slight leak on the bottom area between the fins and tank. Previous owner was using just plain water in the radiator - so the inside was pretty well rotted- (distilled water is always better in the mix). Decided to replace it with an all aluminum radiator- runs much cooler now! Best decision in my opinion- going aluminum!
01-20-2012 11:27 AM
dr_donahue
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Originally Posted by 530ktm View Post
This thread is older than my radiator.
Lol love it.

Anyways bringing this zombie thread back lol. My radiator is on it's last life I think. I just hit 130K on the stock radiator and it's going through coolant about once a month and to add to the issues, brown gunk it building up in it, not sure if it's a head gasket leaking oil into it or what. There's no puddle's underneath when park so not sure where it's leaking.

Also heat from the vents is luke warm, I have to keep the fan at 2 since at 1 I won't feel the heat and at 3 or higher, it's blowing too fast to feel the heat, just cool air...

Should I just replace the radiator or just the hoses (and thermostat) right now? How much should I expect a normal shop (read: not a dealership) to charge me for a radiator replacement?

Thanks fellow Jeepers
08-02-2010 05:39 PM
530ktm This thread is older than my radiator.
08-02-2010 05:34 PM
EdJonesJeeper Purchased Champion Cooling 3 row and I'll post some pics for the install come Friday for "toys for rocks" saturday event.
07-14-2010 12:18 PM
CopperCrawler Mine started leaking about six months ago. I read somewhere to put some black pepper in it. They said the black pepper doesn't plug up the heater core, etc like most stop leaks, but it does stop the radiator from leaking. And it had some benefits to the system that I don't remember.

Since I didn't (and still don't) have the money to replace the radiator yet, I tried it. Hasn't leaked since, temp guage still shows the same temp, heater still works fine.

99 Sport w/105,000 mi and original radiator.

Chuck
04-06-2010 04:40 PM
EdJonesJeeper 99 Sahara with radiator thats been leaking for 3 yrs. Everytime I put fluid in the overflow it drains out in a couple weeks. But has never gone hot and I drive 40+ miles every day. I like the racing radiator idea.
173k org miles, org radiator
04-06-2010 03:02 PM
MCG Mine has a tiny leak and in winter when is cold I can hear a whistle.
I fixed with the Leak thing that they have at the autoparts store but only last ffor a six months.
I planing on getting an alluminum one. I think is a good $500 investment.
In the mean time I will just keep adding coolant once a month or twice a day if I go Off Roading!!!

BTW TJ has 135k and yes the radiator is the original.
04-04-2010 11:30 PM
2003wranglerRHD still have stock rad. with 160,000 miles and still going
12-12-2009 05:24 PM
wiper1015 My 99's radiator blew up a few months ago @ about 58K. I replaced it with an Autozone special.
07-19-2009 01:29 PM
1BLKJP
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Originally Posted by islandmonkey View Post
I was excited to come and see radiator work but admins just put a conversation here. I thought there would be pictures of radiator work or something.........
That's because this thread was started in 2005.
07-19-2009 07:27 AM
islandmonkey I was excited to come and see radiator work but admins just put a conversation here. I thought there would be pictures of radiator work or something.........
10-22-2007 10:26 AM
98TJ FYI- I had a leak for a while on my 98 4L. problem was actually a little deeper than the radiator itself. The thermo was stuck in the closed position creating high pressure and heat in the top of the radiator. it actually rusted out the metal cap on the plastic radiator and was leaking from there. i would suggest to anyone replacing theirs to inspect or replace the thermo anyway. mine was like $10 for the 195degree thermo. also replace it during the day since 2am is not so fun.
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