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#1 Old 09-23-2013, 04:38 PM
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Need a new radiator. Which one

So the top of my radiator in my 06 Wrx is cracked along the top in need of a new one will be ordering tonight hopefully. Which brand should I go with? And will get different hoses need some ideas


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Koyo radiator + blue Samco silicone hoses + several new M6 bolts + follow this write up: Koyo radiator install and coolant flush - How To - NASIOC + buy several feet of heater hose with the same inner diameter as your tiny stock coolant hoses and re-route them and secure them with some screw-type clamps (instead of the factory pinch-type clamps) as seen in the pic for added prettiness (as seen in pic)

You'll have to trim several inches off of the silicone hoses with a box cutter (do it carefully, a little at a time) for clearance around the pulleys, but everything will eventually fit. You don't want to reuse the stock screws that hold the stock fan shrouds to the stock radiator because they're self-tapping screws and the new radiator is metal and pre-tapped for bolts which aren't supplied. Get some new M6 bolts from your local auto place. 10 mm or 15 mm should work - just get a couple 6 packs of both sizes and return whatever you don't use or keep them for other projects (I can't remember how many you'll need and what sizes exactly, but they're metric, M6, for sure). It wouldn't hurt to trim off the excess plastic nibs on the stock fan shrouds with a dremel tool because some of mine melted from being too close to my headers. If you change your own power steering and a/c belts, the clearance between the pulley locking bolts and the radiator is greatly reduced, so you'll have to get creative with a tiny little ratchet if you ever want to change them again, but it's doable. I used a 1/4" ratchet with a small cheater bar to loosen the lowest one - you'll see what I'm talking about. Other than that, getting to the drain plug is also a bitch, but it's doable from the top... just makes a huge mess when you change your coolant because it dumps straight onto the frame and runs everywhere, unless you're a genius and make a little ghetto trough thing out of the top of a plastic beverage bottle and direct it toward the catch pan like I did. That's about all the info I have

Oh, and Brakleen works pretty good to clean out your coolant expansion tank if it's all brown and crudded up like mine was. You can use a large cloth rag on the end of a long screwdriver and wipe it out if you're super anal.
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John I couldn't get he koyo untill October 11th then when. Ever it shipped. I went with a local place mishimoto ( don't want any bad reviews) I paid 250 for it free overnight shipping. It'll be here tommorow


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Hmm, probably pretty much the same thing. Factory replacement, all aluminum and whatnot...

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Hmm, probably pretty much the same thing. Factory replacement, all aluminum and whatnot...
Yeah haha it'll do the job


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Which radiator am I thinking about that had issues then?


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I think all extinct put one of those in, and just needed to finagle the fans to make it fit.

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I went with a local place mishimoto
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Which radiator am I thinking about that had issues then?
Mishimoto and GMS (same piece, different name written on them).
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What are the bad justin?
You've been around long enough to state good negative points, which is why I'm asking.

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Ill let you know how the install goes today if I run into any problems


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What are the bad justin?
You've been around long enough to state good negative points, which is why I'm asking.
BLAZE, see below. I've hidden it because 06_hawk_eye doesn't want to see it.

- Poor fitment
- Drain plug dry rotted in under a year and left me on the side of the highway
- Included cap leaks (not a biggie, just don't use it)
- Spot leaks along welds
For what I ended up paying total, including the tows and repair, I could have just bought a $500 Fluidyne radiator and ended up saving a little bit of money. This is one of 2 knock off parts I've ever put on the car, lesson learned!
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So, I'm not crazy after all. I knew there was something about it.

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BLAZE, see below. I've hidden it because 06_hawk_eye doesn't want to see it.

- Poor fitment
- Drain plug dry rotted in under a year and left me on the side of the highway
- Included cap leaks (not a biggie, just don't use it)
- Spot leaks along welds
For what I ended up paying total, including the tows and repair, I could have just bought a $500 Fluidyne radiator and ended up saving a little bit of money. This is one of 2 knock off parts I've ever put on the car, lesson learned!
Haha ill let you know how it goes.


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BLAZE, see below. I've hidden it because 06_hawk_eye doesn't want to see it.

- Poor fitment
- Drain plug dry rotted in under a year and left me on the side of the highway
- Included cap leaks (not a biggie, just don't use it)
- Spot leaks along welds
For what I ended up paying total, including the tows and repair, I could have just bought a $500 Fluidyne radiator and ended up saving a little bit of money. This is one of 2 knock off parts I've ever put on the car, lesson learned!
Bingo!
This is exactly why I asked you. Thanks for this info.
Hopefully hawkeye has better luck.

P.s. When you quote it, it shows up in black FOL! "Before submission, than white against the quote background after.. Haha"

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Well had absolutely no problem with this one fit perfectly didn't have to trim any hoses. All the holes were where they were suppose to be.


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