I kibitzed over radiators as well during the engine swap. In the end warranty and the ability to quickly replace the radiator if needed won out.there are some very nice all aluminum radiators available online, Champion being the most recognized name. they have amazing cooling and look great. many people love them and last a long time
the problem i have with buying a radiator online like that is warranty. i have heard of good number of people who has absolutely terrible luck with them inclueding a friends of mine with a bronco. i have heard of people needing to warrenty them out once or twice due to developing leaks. and thats not always such an easy thing to do when you have to ship your old back plus the downtime of having them need to ship a new one.
that being said, i believe that there must be a common issue with these people who need to warrenty them out several times due to leaks. my friends bronco was on like radiator 7 within 3 years. 4 of those were champion, two were summit racing brand, and i think the other was some other brand. this indicates its not necessarily the radiator but seems like something with the truck itself. we never actually found the issue, we put in a auto part store aluminum/plastic a couple months ago and hopefully it holds out. i was thinking something with electrolysis was causing the radiators to go bad. so maybe it is something with the vehicles themselfs.
i actually have one of the old champions laying around i was going to try and fix and use in my mud truck. but when i pressure tested it, it was leaking along the whole side of both ends going into the tanks. its alsmost as if something corrosive ate it from inside. his coolant always looked perfect, we always mixed distilled water + antifreeze ourselfs. no outside damage to radiators. we replaced his engine and it still caused it. not really sure what was happening but it makes me weary about going with them
the auto part store ones are also not super amazing. i get leaks on them occasionally after some years. but at least i can warranty it fast and easy same day. so thats what i use
+1Do the champion 3 row radiators bolt right in place with the stock shroud? I have the thicker tow package radiator right now.
Are the Mishimoto 2 row factory replacement style ones any good?
I’m also interested in if there is a champion or other higher end 3 row that just bolts up.
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