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Old 02-28-2017, 03:29 PM
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97 radiator advice!!

Hey everyone, I've done some reading and can't find anything newer. I have a 97 2.5 SE and I'm looking to get a new radiator, preferably aluminum. I've been reading several reviews on aluminum radiators but need the opinions of people who have had recent experience with them. I like the mishimoto aluminum radiator but have been reading some terrible reviews.. Any input on brands/models to stay away from or go for?? Any input would be greatly appreciated, the more opinions the better!!

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Old 02-28-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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I installed a Mishimoto all metal radiator three years ago. It's been great. Truly fantastic. Really.

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I bought my last radiator thru Quadratrack, I bought a 3 row copper& brass and very pleased with it. The good part is copper/brass are easily repaired.
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I am approaching year 3 with my Mishimoto and so far so good.
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I'll be the one to go against the grain here...

OEM

While you have it out go ahead and replace the water pump, thermostat (and housing), hoses, and fresh coolant.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:16 PM   #6
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I have also had the Mishi Moto for two years great radiator!
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I'd pay less for an OEM before I spent that cash on a mish. However, I spent less than either for a Champion (150$ range). Bout 50k on it so far with no issues, but I got a 170k from the factory. We'll see how she fares in the long run.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:40 PM   #8
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Auto Parts Warehouse routinely offers the Mishimoto all-metal radiator for $360. They frequently issue 20% discount opportunities via their email list. That makes the price $288. Delivered. Lifetime warranty.
If you order through a referral website like Mr Rebates, you can save another 5%.
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i'll be the one to go against the grain here...

Oem

while you have it out go ahead and replace the water pump, thermostat (and housing), hoses, and fresh coolant.
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As far as the water pump, any specific brand to go with or shy away from?
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As far as the water pump, any specific brand to go with or shy away from?
Most of the aftermarket offerings are reboxed "brands" from the same production line. If you want a water pump that lasts, buy OE.
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I just replaced mine on my '97, 4 banger with one of the shelf from Autozone, $100.
Had it in a month, and hunted West Texas every weekend and no problems.
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Most of the aftermarket offerings are reboxed "brands" from the same production line. If you want a water pump that lasts, buy OE.
X2.

Check out wermopar. They will have everything you need.
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I bought a new not rebuilt from Auto Zone that lasted about 2 years/50,000 and then bought a new not rebuilt from O-Riley that lasted about a year/25,000, they replaced it under a life time warranty and its still running strong. Next will cone from my Jeep dealer.
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A lifetime warranty is nice, but I would rather install parts that I know will work for 20 years instead of getting a free replacement every year.
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A lifetime warranty is nice, but I would rather install parts that I know will work for 20 years instead of getting a free replacement every year.
Exactly.

I like working on the Jeep, but not replacing water pumps or radiators over and over because of poor quality.
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A lifetime warranty is nice, but I would rather install parts that I know will work for 20 years instead of getting a free replacement every year.
Fact is, this forum contains no shortage of reports of both OE radiator and water pump failures that occurred well short of 20 years in service.
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Fact is, this forum contains no shortage of reports of both OE radiator and water pump failures that occurred well short of 20 years in service.
5 Years? 10 years? 15? Anything in between? Even if OE lasted 5 I would still opt for that over an aftermarket brand that is known to fail within a year or two. No shortage of those reports either.
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Last one I replaced was an oem radiator from napa with a lifetime warranty. I kept the receipt!! I figured radiators are so easy to replace, if it does fail, I'll just get a free new one. So far, it's been in there a year with no issues.
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When it says "life time warranty" that doesn't guarantee quality, just means in the unlikely event you keep your vehicle more than a few years, and some how still have the receipt they will swap you for another one.
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Hey everyone, I've done some reading and can't find anything newer. I have a 97 2.5 SE and I'm looking to get a new radiator, preferably aluminum. I've been reading several reviews on aluminum radiators but need the opinions of people who have had recent experience with them. I like the mishimoto aluminum radiator but have been reading some terrible reviews.. Any input on brands/models to stay away from or go for?? Any input would be greatly appreciated, the more opinions the better!!
I have 97 like yours, whats wrong with the radiator in your TJ? OEM replacement would be my vote, but I would check out other radiator threads also. mine leaked, had it fixed and its been working fine.
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Fact is, this forum contains no shortage of reports of both OE radiator and water pump failures that occurred well short of 20 years in service.
My 98 has the original rad still....(next year will be 20). 180k. Water pump I replaced last year just because I had everything off to do the harmonic balancer, it was not leaking. Not bad I'd say.
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I replaced my rad late last year. Was starting to leak at the top. Finally the lower hose burst open. 19 years and 92k miles. Went ahead and replaced everything while I was at it.

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I am running a Griffin, 180 Mishimoto T-stat, high flow water pump with electric fan and love it. No longer when crawling do I worry about the temperature if I was running road and light off roading I would stay stock.

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