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Old 07-15-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default is an all aluminum radiator better?

I will be replacing my second radiator within a year on my 2002 wrx. the first one cracked on the top plastic piece and was not repairable. I just had some stuff done to fix the a/c and they say there is a crack in this radiator too. I want to find something that may be a little more reliable if possible. will an aluminum radiator be better for me. i have a stock 2.0l w/vf39 running e85. any input will be greatly appreciated. suggestions?
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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Seems only arm burns when touching the bare aluminum and marginally higher maintance (link for tech. article, I don't know this business):
http://www.radiator.com/articles/alumrads.html .
http://www.radiator.com/article-alum...radiators.html

This link and 2 others I found said larger diameter tubes are best for surface area heat.
1 1/2" aluminum tubes.

I'm doing some planning too (although still on first rad. still).
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:05 AM   #3
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There is another thread with info in it regarding the plastic radiator in this very sub forum, around 10 headings down. A little searching goes a long way.

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P.S. That thread is HERE.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:59 AM   #4
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I did a LOT of research when my OEM plastic radiator bit the dust. I ended up settling on a GMS (Gimmick Motorsports) All aluminum radiator. Everything on this radiator is top notch, fit & finish in the car is excellent as well. Plus, it's only like 50 bucks more than an oem replacement or something. Totally worth it...
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:35 PM   #5
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There is another thread with info in it regarding the plastic radiator in this very sub forum, around 10 headings down. A little searching goes a long way.
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P.S. That thread is HERE.
Be sure to read post #16... this was the very first mod I did to my '04

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