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Old 06-17-2015, 08:17 PM
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Recently I made an inquiry to a dealership in search of an OEM radiator and I was told it was discontinued and not available.
I'm aware most aftermarket radiators span from 88 YJ's to TJ's, but I was told the OEM radiator was only 94-95

Now my question...
Has anyone recently purchased a OEM radiator, if so what year or part # Or can anyone confirm that a early year YJ or TJ radiator definitely compatible (exact fit)?

There are many aftermarket radiators I'm aware of out there, but I'm after OEM at this time.

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What year is the vehicle in question?

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The replacements have aluminum tube and a plastic tank $100. The old had copper tube with a steel tank.

I use a replacement four years no issues
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The replacements have aluminum tube and a plastic tank $100. The old had copper tube with a steel tank. I use a replacement four years no issues
Are you referring to after market? I'm trying to find a mopar replacement for my original radiator, but I'm told it's discontinued.

I need to know if they are all through the years backwards compatible as the aftermarket sector seems to be, then the trick is if they are indeed universal....To find one that has not been discontinued.
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I retired from the autobody business and we used aftermarket radiators continually (that was all the insurance companies would pay for) and we rarely had a problem. If I needed a radiator for my Jeep I wouldn't even bother looking for OEM. I would go with a company like Performance Radiator if they have a store near you. Buy locally, not online. Ask about a warranty. Good Luck, L.M.
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95 4cyl
I get what you are after. I dont have access right now to a 95 parts book. Just 92-93.
These years part numbers are as follows...

4 cyl. 5202 8112
6 cyl. 5202 8114

87-89 5204 0286 reg.
5204 0288. HD
90. 5200 6124

Search these numbers on google, and ebay
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Found some more....

1994-95-96
5202 8120 4 cyl auto
5202 8112. 4 cyl man
5202 9160. 6 cyl auto
5202 9113. 6 cyl man

1997.
5202 8123. copper/brass
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So you are saying that all year rads will be an exact fit.. Manual versions anyway ?
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Well as it turns out the dealership I called failed miserably at looking up parts, I just thought well lets call another one and inquire.. and as it turns out it is still available.. so I'm golden.

Thank you for the help
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Are you referring to after market? I'm trying to find a mopar replacement for my original radiator, but I'm told it's discontinued.

I need to know if they are all through the years backwards compatible as the aftermarket sector seems to be, then the trick is if they are indeed universal....To find one that has not been discontinued.
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Well as it turns out the dealership I called failed miserably at looking up parts, I just thought well lets call another one and inquire.. and as it turns out it is still available.. so I'm golden.

Thank you for the help
I have to ask, what did you pay for the OEM radiator from the dealer? Was it made to the same specifications/material as your original radiator?

What was your aversion to the replacement radiator?
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I figure if it last 20 years with zero leaks why change brands, read so many reviews on aftermarket radiators leaking with in a year or so, even high dollar griffin, and other premium brands... Same goes for hoses and so many other parts.
I will admit there are some aftermarket parts that are superior, but for my use I believe the OE mopar is the best option.
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Not OEM, but.....

This is the one I ordered this evening:
Amazon.com: Shepherd Auto Parts 1 Row w/o EOC w/ TOC High Performance All Alumium Engine Radiator: Automotive
All Aluminum and comes with a lifetime guarantee. I think that the one in the old YJ has already been to the radiator shop once - it has a metal upper tank and a plastic lower one. The leak is in the core at the bottom tubesheet. The one I found on Amazon should do the trick for me. I also bought the flexible hoses (upper and lower) since I have heard so many complaints about poor fitment on the molded hoses lately. After bending them some, I would be very concerned if I had plastic tanks - those things would probably stress the inlet and outlet bosses quite a bit!

Also picked up new radiator cap, thermostat and gasket. I am really tempted to go with Zerex G05 like I use in all of our other vehicles.
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I also bought the flexible hoses (upper and lower) since I have heard so many complaints about poor fitment on the molded hoses lately. After bending them some, I would be very concerned if I had plastic tanks - those things would probably stress the inlet and outlet bosses quite a bit!
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The poor fit of molded hoses is from the few part numbers that are left long on one end to fit more that just one application. If you dont cut off that extra inch or so, they kink. (Or if the installer puts it on backward).

The universal fit "flex" hose is not the way to go. They are meant to be an emergency type of fitment. Same like flex exhaust pipe. The bellows make for turbulent coolant flow and they develop stresses in the rubber where it is flexed that reduce their lifespan. Thats why you never see factory flex hoses. 3/4 of the vehicles in the junk yard have them, though.
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If the original is brass it can be re-cored or repaired.
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If the original is brass it can be re-cored or repaired.
Looks to be aluminum. I didn't see any yellow metal. From the last radiator I had recored, I couldn't find a brass replacement. I think the guy I use says that now it is pretty much aluminum cores except for some specialized off road equipment like dozers and stationary compressors.
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The poor fit of molded hoses is from the few part numbers that are left long on one end to fit more that just one application. If you dont cut off that extra inch or so, they kink. (Or if the installer puts it on backward).

The universal fit "flex" hose is not the way to go. They are meant to be an emergency type of fitment. Same like flex exhaust pipe. The bellows make for turbulent coolant flow and they develop stresses in the rubber where it is flexed that reduce their lifespan. Thats why you never see factory flex hoses. 3/4 of the vehicles in the junk yard have them, though.
I guess that I will have to keep an eye on them then. I will probably replace them in five or so years to be safe (like in the old days), but if I end up with cooling issues it'll be sooner.
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I figure if it last 20 years with zero leaks why change brands, read so many reviews on aftermarket radiators leaking with in a year or so, even high dollar griffin, and other premium brands... Same goes for hoses and so many other parts.
I will admit there are some aftermarket parts that are superior, but for my use I believe the OE mopar is the best option.
Good to know, thanks for the reply.
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my 87 is brass core, not sure when they changed. a brass replacement is still available from radiator barn but they aint cheap.
I bought one 6 years ago before the price went crazy. if i ever need another I'll go with the aluminum one from champion.

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