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Aluminum Radiator Where to buy?Is it realy better?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Burt4x4, Aug 10, 2001.

  1. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    So I have heard that a 2Row Aluminum rad will cool better than a 4Row Copper/Brass will. Is this true?
    What brand do you recomend.
    I found this place on the web www.geocities.com/baja/5099
     
  2. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Back to the top[​IMG]

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  3. 502Burban

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    Yes, this is true from what I have heard and experienced. BeCool makes some nice radiators as does Griffin www.griffinrad.com/whyaluminum.htm.

    Robb
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  4. Burt4x4

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    Cool!! Thanks for the link &amp; the info!

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    I believe copper had better cooling properties but brass and lead soldering does not and actually retain heat. So its the fact that being ALL aluminum gives overall better performance, where the copper brass ones have places where they store heat reducing the cooling effects of the copper core.
     
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    Let's not forget that aluminum is lighter.....so combine that with the "helium-filled tires" you are really saving weight....that means less stress on your axles, engine, tranny, etc. Plus, I would expect you'd be able to really jump higher (Chaz-style!) than before........Air Burt! LOL [​IMG]

    -Greg72
     
  7. Burt4x4

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    HAHAHahahaaLOL Too Funny.... Air Burt! Yer Killin me baaahahahhhahahahaahah LOL

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    it isnt the rad that is heavy in a cooling system, it is the coolant. plus you have to take into acount the thickness of the alum vs the copper brass...
    i know that you can get a engine oil cooler built in from griffin that is supposed to be sweet
     
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    Thanks for the correction on that. [​IMG] I had a feeling that I wasn't on target there. I re-read the info on the Griffin site and you got it right; the solder doesn't help the situation and the aluminum construction allows everything to be welded, making it more structurally sound. Plus, the weight savings ought to be worth at least a tenth in the 1/4-mile. (J/K, of course. [​IMG])

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    Cool stuff......pun intended [​IMG]. Any idea on cost of these bad boys? I looked at Griffin's site but no prices were listed anywhere.

    <font color=blue>'79 ONE TON TPI K5 - See it at---&gt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com>www.blazzinor.rockcrawler.com</a>
     
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    I emailed them so when/if I get a response I'll post the amount they quoted me.

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    Thanks bud.

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    So is jumping my trademark now or somthing? haha [​IMG]

    [​IMG]<font color=blue>Donations accepted for the "Build Chaz's 1972 K5 fund"!!!</font color=blue> [​IMG]
     
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    Well not to many of us make our K5s fly on purpose!!
    The only other K5 I have seen fly was a first gen out at Pismo he called him self Tazzman and he truly cought some serious air in that damn rig. But he sold it and last time I saw him he had a 4door Tahoe w/39" MickyThompsons.....

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    They don't come cheap. The one for my Sub ran approx. $430 from Griffin. The BeCool rads on Summit's web site go for just under $500. [​IMG]

    Robb
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