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Old 01-31-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hey Nasioc. I've done some searching(nasioc,sl-i.net,google) in hopes of finding and answer to my question and the only thread that I've found is this one http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1415962 and he didn't have much luck finding an answer either. Are any of you BD owners running upgraded rads, if so which one?

My BD legacy has recently gone to the dark side(turbo) and the only thing I have left to address is the cooling system. I've found a rad for the 90-94 legacies that appears to be quite similar to our BD radiators http://www.mishimoto.com/mishimoto-s...acy-turbo.html does anyone know if this will fit?

I had no issues of overheating since my head gaskets were replaced back in 2008, even doing multiple track days and auto crossing every year. I may be over cautious but I'd rather spend a few hundred dollars for safety and piece of mind since I am introducing more heat into the cooling system then the factory intended.

Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated,
Robert
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
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Well after doing some more research I stumbled upon this radiator. It's duel core and all metal, the price is right so I'll run it and see how things go. Just a heads up for any 2nd gen legacies looking to upgrade the cooling system.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/310644646073?...84.m1423.l2649
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:20 PM   #3
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I have seen some other turbo legacies use the upgraded rads for the wrx. As a bonus this allows u to use shorter piping for the front mount. Check on sl-I for front mount set ups and one of the guys uses a wrx rad.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:43 PM   #4
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Well it took a year but I finally bit the bullet and ordered a radiator. I went with the CSF rad from the link I posted above. It arrived yesterday and looks like a pretty sturdy unit, the core alone is 1" thick! I have a track day on July 5 so that will be a good way to put this though its paces.



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Old 06-12-2014, 12:43 AM   #5
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Interesting - the core is only 1", not the 1-5/16" that the ad you initially linked says? Based on the ad I was actually thinking of getting one (for my EZ30 swap), but I've already got a 1" core, so that wouldn't really gain me anything. Worth keeping in mind for the future, though, in case my current (Spectra Premium) radiator has issues.

Can you get a reasonably accurate weight on that one, just the radiator (no fans)?

It is worth noting that the early EJ25Ds (through most of the '97 model year, I believe) had a 1" core (I've seen 26mm or 27mm listed), but then the late '97s and the '98-99 cars had a thinner core (5/8" or 9/16" or 15mm are various listings I've seen).

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Old 06-12-2014, 07:40 PM   #6
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I can attest to the tiny radiators on the 99's, that's exactly why I felt the need to upgrade. When I removed mine to do the timing belt I was shocked at how small it was. When you're at the track, where exactly does your temp needle sit with your 1" core?

Here you go Pat, this is what it weighs bare.
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