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So i want to get an all metal radiator for my 97 2.5 TJ 5 speed. while shopping i see 1 core 2 or 3. which do I have and will the 2 or 3 core fit in my jeep. when cheapo with a plastic one- never again. im willing to spend 200 to 300 on it
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the two and three core will fit, but more money. I'.ll let others chime in on what is best. I went with oem relacement. It lasted 10 years that is a good roi and I don't overheat
 

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How bout a quality replacement??? There is no reason you would need anymore cooling then it can provide.
 
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This is the radiator I was talking about in the thread that tbensor linked you to. I'm fairly certain the 2.5L and the 4.0L use the same exact size radiators, although don't quote me on this. Double check that.
This is the radiator that I bought and I absolutely cannot express in words how awesome it is. It's all aluminum that has some great welding done on it.

Just one question -- is your Jeep overheating, or do you just want a replacement so you can push it further without worrying?

http://www.4wheelparts.com/Heating-...s=518&t_pt=5111&t_pl=107834&t_pn=DRKJP-070001
 

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How bout a quality replacement??? There is no reason you would need anymore cooling then it can provide.
The stock radiator sucks. When I installed mine, I noticed my temps never ever ever rise in stop and go traffic, sitting at a light, or doing any sort of wheeling. And I beat the living shit out of mine quite often...
 

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The stock radiator sucks. When I installed mine, I noticed my temps never ever ever rise in stop and go traffic, sitting at a light, or doing any sort of wheeling. And I beat the living shit out of mine quite often...
No it doesn't. A poorly maintained cooling system sucks. My stocker keeps my rig at 195* day or night, AC on 115* days. 70 mph or 2 mph makes no difference at all....
 

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No it doesn't. A poorly maintained cooling system sucks. My stocker keeps my rig at 195* day or night, AC on 115* days. 70 mph or 2 mph makes no difference at all....
Believe me...I do preventative maintenance on my vehicle more than 99.9% of the people here. My cooling system gets flushed completely every 50k.
I live in El Paso and usually have days above 120* for a 6ish month stint in the summer. The stock radiator will allow the temps to climb a bit, no matter the thermometer in the vehicle.
 

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I'm not saying that your shiny new rad isn't working, I'm saying you replaced a poorly functioning rad with a new one and now your temps are better than before. Because you replaced the bad rad with a good one, that's it. If you had swapped out your bad one with a good stocker, all things being equal I would say you would have got the same results. I can say that I know a thing or two about warm days, it hit 98* yesterday. Bone stock system, original water pump on mine with 165000 miles. Newer oem rad, maybe 7-8 years old. 1 quart water-wetter.
 

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I owned a '95 XJ that when it was new had the same problem I noted. About 3 radiators later (at 357,000 miles when I sold it), I had noticed the same problem with each. My TJ has only had two stock radiators touch it (both new) and had the same problem with both as well, even when new. When I replaced the stock one with new one, I have not noticed it at all in the 30k that it has been installed.
 

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Being as you have a later model TJ with what I assume is an auto, I can see why you have running warmer issues. Now yu can't compare TJ to the crappy xj cooling systems though...
 

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People run full exhausts? Mine is a shorty header set up with a turn-down right after the tranny skid and exhaust hanger mount on the tranny.
 

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All radiators used in our Jeeps have but one core. That core can have 1, 2, or 3 rows inside... so what you're asking about are 1, 2, or 3 row radiators. The number of rows does not necessarily indicate how well it will cool. Early TJs came with 2 row aluminum core radiators, that was switched to a 1-row aluminum core for slightly better cooling characteristics sometime around 2001.

And when in good condition, the all-aluminum core OE radiator is more than up to keeping the engine cool in all conditions. We here in the southwest most often wheel in the hottest imagineable desert conditions and the OE radiator does fine in those conditions. Using the right ratio of coolant to distilled water (no more than 50% coolant) and keeping it changed per schedule will keep the cooling system in good condition.
 

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The stock radiator sucks. When I installed mine, I noticed my temps never ever ever rise in stop and go traffic, sitting at a light, or doing any sort of wheeling. And I beat the living shit out of mine quite often...
Well maybe that's the difference, I don't beat on mine.:punk: The only time my temps have ever risen was when my plow was blocking airflow but I guess all jeeps are a little different and it's def hotter more days out of the year in TX.
 

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Hmmm I got nothing else... Most of the "warmies" are running the minicats and the autos.
I have an 04 with an auto and mini cats and I live in an area that IIRC from my visits when I lived in that part of the world, is fairly on par temp wise to El Paso.

The only benchmark I really have though is I can sit at idle in the summer when it is 115 degrees with the AC on and it won't overheat. Nor does it overheat at freeway speeds with the AC on either.

It has the stock radiator, it will always have a stock radiator and I fix cooling issues all the time on rigs by switching them BACK to the stock radiator. Several of them have been manuals.

There is a caveat to that. I just pulled a very nice aftermarket radiator out of a manual rig when I did an auto conversion in it. I noticed upon removal that the width of the tubes in it was about 1/4" more than stock although there were a few less rows of them.

Unfortunately, the owner can no longer find the same item for sale on Rock Auto where he originally purchased it and there is no brand name on it. That said Mo, I suspect you have a very similar version in yours.
 

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Mine came with the rig when I got it, its a Visteon brand rad with a OEM quality sticker and a build date of 2005.
 
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