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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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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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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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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.
 

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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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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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Checked out Summit Racing. Aluminum rads for CJ start at $499 and go way up.
 

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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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Thanks. That's a great price for aluminum, but the top hose nipple on that one would run right into the shiv on the A/C comp. I think I need to stay with OEM configuration to clear it.
I do appreciate you sending the link.
 

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Do a search on the net, My son had his radiator start to leak in his ford, and he purchased a new one from someplace like radiator.com for less than $120 delivered to the door. Most OEM radiators are sold by this place.

Again, do a search, but I believe the name was something like radiator.com.

Good Luck.
 

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Just a little feedback on radiator.com. I think they SUCK. I ordered an aluminum radiator with plastic tanks, with a tranny heat exchanger for $200.00 They said this was specific to cj 350 swap. I got the thing and it wasn't aluminum and didn't have a heat exchanger. Then they said they would only exchange (not refund) it for the right one which happened to be a few hundred dollars more. (the one I thought I was getting in the first place) I think that is called bait and switch. Anyway, I was pretty mad, but I did return it for a refund after I paid the shipping.

I then went to summit for a griffin chevy one.

Not a positive experience.

 

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I would if this alum summit brand radiator would work in my 4.2, 85 cj8? How did you go about making mounts? Thanks
 

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I too just had a bad experience with Radiator.com (Jeepradiator.com). I ordered a replacement 3 core for my 1982 and received a radiator that looked like it had bits of calcium in the tank and the tubes looked like they might have been rodded out, definitly not new and made in Mexico to boot! They took it back as long as I paid to ship it. I went to the local NAPA and bought a new Modine radiator.

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jeeze? I bought a new one for my cj (not aluminum) from radiator.com about two years ago. I was pleased, it was like 110.00 bucks and they would ship to alaska any method I preferred. might not sound like much, but SO MANY other distributors I buy jeep stuff from refuse to ship anyway except ups or fed ex, and a frieght bill ends up being more than you payed for the part.
Maybe radiator.com went downhill...
 
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