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Old 10-10-2012, 09:30 AM   #1
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Default TYC Radiator on Amazon - OE style replacement

I've seen this discussed a lot on other car forums, but not here. Thought I'd give a heads up to anyone who needs to replace their cracked OEM radiator and doesn't feel the need to spend the $$ for a full aluminum.

On Amazon, there is a radiator brand called "TYC". The WRX version goes for $110. They are just repackaged Koyos (they actually come in a Koyo box). The Koyo branded radiator on Amazon and other sites goes for around $170.

So - if you're looking to save $60 and you want to pick up a good OEM style replacement, check out TYC on Amazon.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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I found out that these radiators are the same for the auto and manual cars. On the auto cars the trans cooler is located in the bottom of the rad, hence the brass rubber capped barbs at the bottom.

If you have a manual and do not want the barbs for the trans cooler sticking out of the radiator: you can unscrew the flare nut and cap the threads with 3/8" compression caps from the plumbing section of any DIY store. Do not get the flare caps, they will not fit.

I'm curious if you could use the AT cooler for the PS system....
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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I found out that these radiators are the same for the auto and manual cars. On the auto cars the trans cooler is located in the bottom of the rad, hence the brass rubber capped barbs at the bottom.

If you have a manual and do not want the barbs for the trans cooler sticking out of the radiator: you can unscrew the flare nut and cap the threads with 3/8" compression caps from the plumbing section of any DIY store. Do not get the flare caps, they will not fit.

I'm curious if you could use the AT cooler for the PS system....
I just left the rubber caps on those lines. Zero leaks or issues.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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I just had my radiator go on me today, and I was wondering if the item you used was TYC 2703 Subaru Impreza 1-Row Plastic Aluminum Replacement Radiator (B0020MKFS8)? I'm going to have to order one pretty quickly, and don't really look forward to changing the thing out, but I suppose that's how it goes. I had originally though that it was the upper radiator hose that had gone bad, so I replaced the coolant (it was time anyway) and put on a new upper hose and just made the problem worse. A whole gallon of perfectly new coolant somewhere on the interstate .

I've also seen Spectra Premium CU2703 Complete Radiator (B000C7S1CU), which is $120ish, but has one review from what looks like another 2004 WRX user.

I'll probably go with the TYC version, no need in spending extra unnecessarily.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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IIRC: That TYC one is the one I used. No problems to date and works just fine.

I figured if the stock one lasted 100k, I don't see a need to overbuy as I don't see the need. Theoretically the replacement should outlast the car.

In regards to the barbs:

I did the brass caps because I didn't like seeing the brass barbs hanging out in space. That entire area is sealed off from the actual radiator anyway so it's a moot point.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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IIRC: That TYC one is the one I used. No problems to date and works just fine.

I figured if the stock one lasted 100k, I don't see a need to overbuy as I don't see the need. Theoretically the replacement should outlast the car.

In regards to the barbs:

I did the brass caps because I didn't like seeing the brass barbs hanging out in space. That entire area is sealed off from the actual radiator anyway so it's a moot point.
The TYC one is what I ended up ordering. I got it too late to try to get it installed today. I had some of the 3/8" flare caps on hand, and I can confirm that those indeed do not fit. I'll run by a hardware store in the morning to get a compression cap and try to get it installed.

Thanks for sharing your good results, I was going to wind up with a more expensive version before I saw this post.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:31 PM   #7
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #8
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im about to order one of these too for my 2002 WRX. so theres no problem with leaks leaving those brass barbs on it since i have a manual trans?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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im about to order one of these too for my 2002 WRX. so theres no problem with leaks leaving those brass barbs on it since i have a manual trans?
No. Those barbs and that chamber are completely sealed off from the functioning part of the radiator.

It is designed to be a heat exchanger for the AT version of the car. I personally capped off those barbs for aesthetics, nothing else. Leaving them will do no harm.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:18 PM   #10
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It is designed to be a heat exchanger for the AT version of the car. I personally capped off those barbs for aesthetics, nothing else. Leaving them will do no harm.
I ended up having to pulled the barbs off and put the caps on them because, to save my life, I couldn't unplug the fans. I had to leave the fans in the car, install the radiator, and then bolt the fans to the radiator while it was in place.

Otherwise I guess I've been running the TYC radiator for about 2 weeks now in June/July weather and as far as I can tell it performs exactly as well as the stock radiator. We'll see how long that plastic top lasts.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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Are these no longer on Amazon?
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Good info on the 3/8" compression caps. I found them for $1.24 each at my local Menard's.
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