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Old 07-10-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default 02 WRX Radiator Busted, Swap question

So my Radiator is dumping 2 gallons a day and I need to change it . It still has the divorced filler tank but my buddy has an 05 and said he can give me his radiator for cheap. Im trying the weigh the options of just getting another radiator from an 02 and doing a direct replacement, getting the 05 radiator (if it fits) and leaving the old filler cap assy and having 2 filler caps (im pretty sure the 05 has the cap right on the radiator), or ripping it all out and going the 05 radiator with new hoses and ditching the old filler assy. Any opinions or insight would be awesome cuz I need to do this Stat.
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Old 07-10-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Yeah just replace with the newer version radiator 03-05. You'll need a few new hoses to make it work, no big deal. Contact www.subarugenuineparts.com about the radiator and the extra hoses. I got my oem 03+ replacement radiator online, brand new for 240, necessary hoses were like 25. Shouldn't be more than 300 shipped.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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So does the 03-05 radiator delete the 02 filler cap assy?
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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no, you'll have 2. One by the intake manifold, and one on the radiator itself. Just get extra hoses.

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Old 07-10-2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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Jeez, my damn radiator just cracked too.

If the replacement, better, 03-05 radiator is $250... is there any reason not to go with the aluminum Mishimoto radiator?
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #6
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Jeez, my damn radiator just cracked too.

If the replacement, better, 03-05 radiator is $250... is there any reason not to go with the aluminum Mishimoto radiator?
price difference for the very very cheap?
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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if you have two, dont you need to cut up the one on the radiator? that needs to be able to send coolant to the reservoir easily, the cap wont allow it.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:39 PM   #8
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Arite after some thought i decided im not going OEM cuz plastic sux and im tired of cracking that crap, I was looking at some aluminium radiators and saw the godspeed one looked like a direct bolt in, anyone know?

Nice Engine bay btw, what'd clean it just for me?
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:55 PM   #9
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I clean the engine bay regularly, I hate dirty engine bays.

Just cleaned my sister's Mazda6 engine bay yesterday, looks mint now. About to do her boyfriends car.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:04 PM   #10
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The one by the radiator is not pressurized. Just hook it up after the pressurized one on the engine.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:32 PM   #11
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yea but lookin at the godspeed aluminum rad. for the 02-03 looks like its the stock radiator just all alum. I cant tell from the pic. if thats the case then im def gonna do that cuz its just gonna be an easy swap, does anyone know?


I have to clean my engine bay ive been mad lazy, what do you use?
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:38 PM   #12
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Last week I decided to buy a new radiator before my kicked it. I have 149K miles and still on the stock radiator. Figured that I should change it just to be safe. So, I went and bought the last Koyo that LIC Motorsports had in stock. It happened to be one for an 02 so it would bolt right it. Don't get one with plastic end tanks.

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Old 07-17-2008, 02:46 PM   #13
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Any thoughts on this radiator? Welds look okay and some Subaru owners left positive reviews.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CXRac...spagenameZWDVW
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if you have two, dont you need to cut up the one on the radiator? that needs to be able to send coolant to the reservoir easily, the cap wont allow it.
....upgrading to the newer OEM version simply requires an overflow pipe and two overflow hoses to complete the plumbing. It's all a direct fit requiring no special modifications.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:42 PM   #15
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That looks like the Godspeed one pretty much except ive never heard of CXRacing, im assuming that if it says 02-03 thats its gonna be a direct replace without the overflow hoses. It doesnt appear to have the cap on the the radiator so no cap means no extra hoses.
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