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thecrookedknot 03-26-2013 04:57 PM

Any have a 3 core Victory Radiator?
 
Do you like it or a Champion 3 core better to get?

freeskier 03-26-2013 04:58 PM

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I'd stick with the single ROW OEM radiator or a 2 ROW aftermarket radiator with thicker core.

Jerry Bransford 03-26-2013 05:00 PM

It's actually a 3-row single-core radiator you're asking about.

Just a little heads up though that more rows do not necessarily indicate the radiator's cooling capacity or efficiency. In fact, the factory went from the original 2-row all aluminum core it initially used in the TJ to a single-row all aluminum core around 2001 or so for better cooling efficiency.

I sure would not run a 3-row radiator in my TJ. I would however try to stick with an aluminum core. :)

thecrookedknot 03-26-2013 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by freeskier (Post 3555877)
I'd stick with the single ROW OEM radiator or a 2 ROW aftermarket radiator with thicker core.

what do you think of a Champion Radiator?

thecrookedknot 03-26-2013 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 3555885)
It's actually a 3-row single-core radiator you're asking about.

Just a little heads up though that more rows do not necessarily indicate the radiator's cooling capacity or efficiency. In fact, the factory went from the original 2-row all aluminum core it initially used in the TJ to a single-row all aluminum core around 2001 or so for better cooling efficiency.

I sure would not run a 3-row radiator in my TJ. I would however try to stick with an aluminum core. :)

It is a 3 rowed all aluminum radiator, is that worth putting in my wrangler or just stick the stock OEM radiator?

freeskier 03-26-2013 05:06 PM

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I think most would say Champion doesn't make the highest quality radiators, and I don't think the core size is any bigger than stock. I've seen the name American Eagle thrown around and they make a 2 row all aluminum radiator that has a thicker core. Top of the line is going to be Griffin. The OEM radiator is very good for the price.

EDIT: It would appear Champion and American Eagle are basically the same company.

tkfx 03-26-2013 05:43 PM

DO NOT PURCHASE! I got screw because of those guys. My radiator started to leak after 1 month! I called them and told them a bout it. On their site it is under warrenty for 2 years if it leaks. So I call them and they say ship it back and we will reship a new one. So I spend $50 to ship, keep in mind this is my daily driver. So I ship it out using confirmation so I can check when they receive it they receive it on a Friday 1 week passes after they receive it and no word from them I finally call them again and they said that they won't replace it because they found 2 pounds of rust which is complete b*******. And this happen about 2 months ago and they haven't sent me my original radiator back and they haven't send me a replacement.

I was going to claim this in a small claims court but they are all the way in Chicago and I am California so the 200 dollars is not worth it in the end they have s*** customer support and s***** products that leak after 1 month do not buy

I went to my local Jeep junkyard and purchased a OEM radiator it has no leaks I've been running it for a couple months now no problems

thecrookedknot 03-26-2013 09:48 PM

So I only need to get an all aluminum single row radiator?

clarkkent 03-26-2013 10:23 PM

I would go OEM everyday. I will never buy another all aluminum radiator again. Unless, maybe, it was made in the USA.

thecrookedknot 03-26-2013 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by clarkkent (Post 3557361)
I would go OEM everyday. I will never buy another all aluminum radiator again. Unless, maybe, it was made in the USA.

So OEM with the plastic?

Patrick H 03-26-2013 10:33 PM

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It would appear Champion and American Eagle are basically the same company.
That's what I was told. I was also told that American Eagle was supposedly slightly superior to Champion. Their manufacturing plant is in California.

http://www.americaneagleradiator.com/

http://www.championradiators.com/

clarkkent 03-26-2013 11:43 PM

Yes OEM with the aluminum core and plastic caps. I had three all aluminums from an offroad company. First one lasted 8 months second 2 months and the third 1 month. Got sick of swapping them out

freeskier 03-26-2013 11:56 PM

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I'll admit a number of years ago I installed whatever OEM style radiator Advance Auto sells and it's actually been a great radiator, I guess you could say at the time I wasn't as well informed as I am now.

The actual OEM radiator though has come down in price in recent years (at least the manual version) and I'd probably feel better about going with actual OEM.


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