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Old 04-23-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Question Aluminum rad on a forester

Well I am fixing mom's forester again. She has already replaced the radiator once. So I was thinking there has to be a aluminum replacement for this. Yet there is not direct replacement I can find. Can a n/a impreza one fit? Is there any potential problems to watch for?
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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where are your rad hoses? Is your top rad hose in the middle of the radiator or on the passenger side? Is your bottom hose on the driver's side?
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depends on what the hoses look like.

what year forester? if the hose is in the middle on both the OEM rad and the aluminium one, then i wouldnt see what it would not FIT. the bottom mounts will line up, but im not 100% sure on the top mounts.

dont forget about the PSI/bar of the rad cap, i wouldnt get anything over what OEM pressure is.

hell i put a lower PSI rating cap on my car (its rated for a 1.1 bar, i put a .9 bar cap on) and its fine.

i put a 04 WRX rad in my 95 RS, i had custom mounts made for the top, and i needed to get a different hose. NAPA part # 9128
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where are your rad hoses? Is your top rad hose in the middle of the radiator or on the passenger side? Is your bottom hose on the driver's side?
IIRC all EJ motor rads have the bottom hose on the drivers side
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01 forester
i dont know what it looks like off hand, but does it look like this?

if it does i would say that you can use a RS radiator (with the hose on the passenger side.

(if it was my car, i would try to get the alum rad, i would take the chance, but then again i am cheap so i would shop around for a used one that i know for a fact will work and will be a true plug and play)


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^ yes that looks like it
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alum rad for a GC impreza will fit then.
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