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Old 06-01-2012, 03:01 AM   #1
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2002 WRX

Default OEM Radiator vs. Koyo Radiator (w/ plastic end tanks)

I just found a 4" crack in my OEM radiator and am feverishly researching for a replacement. Does anyone know if a Koyo radiator with aluminum core and plastic endtanks (Part # A2704) is worth buying instead of the standard OEM replacement that also has plastic endtanks?

I'm not sure I'm interested in upgrading to a fully aluminum radiator for the additional cost since I put few miles on a lightly modded WRX.

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Old 06-02-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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You get what you pay for. Ask yourself how long do you want it to last? After my research on this, I spent the extra on a mishimoto. Hope that helps
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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Plastic is a temp fix. it degrades over time and will crack easily. I just purchased a GMS radiator and 160 degree thermostat combo from Josh at Import Image Racing. He got m a great deal and it was at my door two days later, the welds are beautiful, I love the quality and it looks great.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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Call Josh AT importimageracing.com & buy a Mishimoto radiator & don't look back!

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:27 AM   #5
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+1 for mishimoto and importimageracing!
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