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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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The old stock 2 core radiator is leaking too much to ignore. Cheaper to fix than replace, but I have a retrofitted YJ A/C. Would it really be worth the extra expence to purchase a new 3 core to compensate for condenser in front of radiator and extra load of the compressor?
If so does anyone know where to look for best price on quality radiators?
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Re: Radiator

Try going here I know a couple of peole who have use them and had good luck, they say they're usually anywhere from $20-60 cheaper than NAPA and the difference between a two and a three row is only like $20 bck so I'd go with the three row.
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Re: Radiator

Another option might be getting a Griffin, or Summit brand aluminum rad from summit. An alum. Griffin (generic chevy) 19" x 24" is under $200.00. I just put it in my CJ with a tbi 350, and it runs pretty cool. The outlet/inlet locations may pose a problem, but you may want to look into them.
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New larger core radiator is cheap compared to the heat problems AC will add..(-:
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Re: Radiator

Myself and a friend both purchased radiators on e-bay this spring in anticipation of a hot summer. You can search Jeep radiator and should come up with one for $120-$128 buy it now. The seller is called radiator doctor. I have a relatively stock 258, my friend has sbc 350. We have both been very pleased with the radiators. Customer service has been great. Got the radiator the day after payment was received. The company also states that they have a nationwide lifetime warranty. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Radiator

Since you need to replace it anyway, now would be a good time to upgrade to an aluminum radiator. Like was
already said, Summit racing sells aluminum rad`s pretty cheap. Their house brand is $169.95-$179.95. They
also have Griffen brand with all but the BIG chevy units going for $189.95. I just bought the summit brand
for my 401 powered CJ5. It brought the temp down almost 25 degrees from the large 3 core Wagoneer/
Cherokee rad. it replaced. That was also after I found I had a bad fan clutch. You don`t mention what motor
you have, but if it`s an AMC V8 the Summit Ford Part #SUM-380425 worked well in mine. The only difficulty
is that you need to fab your own mounts, but that isn`t hard.
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Re: Radiator

Thanks for the replies. All of the aluminum rads I found online were in the $500 range. Sounds like Summit is worth checking out.
Oh, and it,s a mostly stock 258ci.
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Re: Radiator

Checked out Summit Racing. Aluminum rads for CJ start at $499 and go way up. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Go back to their web site and punch in part #SUM-380425 in the part # search box. It came right up for me.
When it comes up, click on the blue writing of the discription and a picture will come up also.
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Here ya go, I'll make it easy for ya. [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] SUM-380425
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