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Old 03-11-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default radiator swap?

i have an 02 OBS and i'm sure that any 02-05 rs/ts/obs radiator would bolt right in but would a wrx radiator work?
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:21 PM   #2
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i would think that there would need to be some sort of modifying to be done due to the different tanks and lines that the WRX uses. If you search on here long enough you might be able to come across a thread. good luck.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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You know you can buy a radiator cheaper usually from a auto body crash parts store then anyone else.
Are you after better cooling?
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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i searched for a while but didn't find anything conclusive. mostly just stuff about sti swaps and stuff like that.

i'm just trying to replace a REALLY beat up radiator. all the rocks and a couple of birds have taken their toll on my original one.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:28 PM   #5
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I'd recommend using a stock one, or at least one from a naturally aspirated car. It's possible that a WRX radiator will work, but IIRC the radiator cap on your car is on the radiator itself, and the cap on the WRX is somewhere in the upper radiator hose. I don't have a WRX so I can't say for certain, but I seem to remember seeing a picture along those lines somewhere.

If it's better cooling capacity you're after, you could try and find an all-aluminum radiator (Koyo comes to mind, but I don't know if they make radiators for our cars, I just know that they make high-performance radiators) to replace your stock one. Since you're trying to replace a really beat up radiatior, I'd just get a new stock one if I were you.
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