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aluminum radiator size? need a hi perf water pump?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekbrown, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    guy in pirate selling all aluminum radiators and I'm pondering getting one. Biggest size he offers is 19" x 31"... that gonna be large enough to keep my 'lil 350 cool on the rare 100 degree day?

    also, anyone run their rad in the back of their truck? if so, do you run a higher-flow-than-stock water pump or anything?

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    I can't say anything for fact but I have a 19x31" aluminum rad, on the shelf for my K5, if its a 2 row one it should be as good if not better than what most guys upgrade to (big block/diesel 4 core). As for radiator in the back, if I do this(considering it) I will certainly put a higher flow pump on. Is it neccessary? I don't know. Do I think it a good idea? yep. Stock cooling system obviouslly wasn't designed for the rad back there, a little flow help really can't hurt, especially when you think of all the restriction you are puting on the system going back there.
     
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    A 2 row alum. should be plenty.
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, its 2 row, 1" tubes. Guess it oughta be enough.

    You're prolly right on the high flow water pump. It'd be sending the water a lot futher in a rear-rad system... and pushing it upwards a couple of feet as well if the rad was mounted up high. Hmmmm, guess its time to check Summit to see what they got in water pumps.

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    nice aluminum high flow one shouldn't be TOO much and will lose a little weight.
     
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    Friend just replaced the radiator in a '90 or '91 Suburban with an aluminum one. Just went to the store, told them what vehicle it was for, and they brought out one of the newer style plastic/aluminum ones.

    I would bet he paid around $150 for it (might be able to find out which store, and exact price) but if you can get a welded AL radiator for a bit more than $150, and it is a bolt in, or darn close, I'd go that route. The plastic tanks/AL joints are two failure points you'd be eliminating with an entirely AL, welded radiator.
     
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    Can you provide a link? I would like to get an aluminum radiator for my jeep.

    Thanks.
     

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