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aluminum radiator?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by One_Ton_k5, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. One_Ton_k5

    One_Ton_k5 1/2 ton status

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    Is it worth it to put in an aluminum radiator in my k5?

    Does anyone know a good place to buy one online?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Silver84k5

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    do you have overheating problems?
     
  3. One_Ton_k5

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    No, but my radiator is about gone and I was just wondering advantages and disadvantages.
     
  4. Silver84k5

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    hmm i dunno, Weight maybe? prolly keep things a little cooler. Or you could always go to a 4 core radiator.
     
  5. fortcollinsram

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    Well, aluminum rads are way cool (no pun intended) but way expensive too...They do cool better and are lighter but imagine how you would feel if you put a stick through a Be Cool or Griffin alum. rad as opposed to a $190 4-core rad....I am planning on putting one in my '71 C10 shortie, but that is a street truck...If you ae hell-bent on alum. check out Jegs and summit they both have quite a few and some are pretty economical...for my 454 swap I just got a 4-core Modine that will keep stuff plenty cool /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    This is an interesting topic for me, since I just pulled the original 3 row radiator out of my 91 Burb and replaced it with a single row ALUMINUM one for $150. No kidding, and it has a lifetime warranty.
     
  7. One_Ton_k5

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    Yea I see the two row, 1" aluminum on ebay and summit for around $169.

    I'll probably get one, I just wondered how many of you actually used them.

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm using the Be-cool alm rad from Jeg's. I was having problems overheating with a 3-core. It would get hot anytime mud would splash and get into the radiator. The be-cool is larger overall and has more cooling area. Now it runs at 180 no matter what. It was expensive, but I didn't feel like doing the trial and error method, just bought what I thought would best fix the problem.
     

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