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Old 03-03-2008, 02:04 PM   #1
davidji
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Default looking for replacement radiator for my MT car.

So I'm looking for a replacement radiator for my 2003 Forester, MT. N/A of course.

Nearly everything I find for that year is for an AT car.

I understand it will fit fine, but that the AT radiator contains a trans cooler I don't need.

Does this mean it's a little bulkier/heavier than the MT radiator? And a tighter fit? Not a lot of room in there.

Also I'd prefer to install an all-metal radiator. But I'll buy another one with plastic tanks if it saves me hundreds of $$, or the only way to get a direct fit.

Right now I'm leaning towards a Koyo A2674--at least if I don't find what I'm looking for. It's for an AT, and I think it has plastic tanks. But it's a Koyo, and maybe it will last.

Suggestions?
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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Installing an AT rad instead of an MAT rad means that you have fewer tubes cooling water, since some of them are taken up by the transmission cooler. It'll fit, though. Nothing different in the radiator support between AT and MT.

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Old 03-05-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
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Installing an AT rad instead of an MAT rad means that you have fewer tubes cooling water, since some of them are taken up by the transmission cooler. It'll fit, though. Nothing different in the radiator support between AT and MT.

-Matt
Thanks Matt!!

I was wondering if it meant less cooling or more weight/bulk. Now I know.

If that radiator handles the AT car's engine, I guess it should handle mine. I'd still prefer a rad without the trans cooler and with metal tanks. Oh well...
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