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Old 08-24-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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A few months ago my stock radiator on my 2002 WRX sedan decided to spring a pinhole leak on me.

I went with a radiator from CX racing on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CXRacing-FUL...#ht_4937wt_952

The install was a bit of a pain because of the having to flush the old rad. fluid, the test run water (leak check) and then getting all the bubbles out for the final fill.
Fitment was good, not perfect but really good, just had to bump the top posts to line up with the brackets. Did it with my bare hands.

Overall build quality appears good. Welds aren't the prettiest but look solid, no gaps or thin spots. One part that I noted as not being high quality craftsmanship was that it appeared that they cleaned the welded spots and then sprayed them to make them prettier. Whose going to see that part of my radiator though?
Also there was a CX racing logo pop-riveted on the side. With some careful drilling it comes right off. There is a CX racing logo stamped on the top though. Not that I'm ashamed of ebay parts just hate advertising for companies.

It does outperform the stock slightly. I've never seen my temp go up to the middle. When it got up to the 90-100 ambient range with the stock it would be at half or hotter after a spirited run. With the CX racing one it hasn't gotten up to the middle yet after 90-100 ambient spirited runs.

I'll log some coolant temps vs. ambient if anyone really wants that info.

I'd recommend this for a budget build/replacement.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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How has it held up?
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Had mine for 6 months so far on my 02, and no issues what so ever. Its holding up really good.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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I've had one for a couple years now. It's been great. Can't beat it for the money.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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Still rockin' the CXracing radiator. No problems. I did have to refill the coolant overflow/spare tank a few times the week after the install. Pesky airbubbles in the coolant system. No more refills since week after install. I installed it May 17, 2012 and it's Oct 8, 2012 now so for me its been almost 4 months.

And to those who care sorry about missing the big CXracing radiator thread.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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Do the stock fans fit onto the CXRacing radiator fine?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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^^^^^^ Yes. No issues.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #8
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Bump want to run this aswell.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:41 PM   #9
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I just replaced mine in my 02. No problems with anything at all. Core is a bit thicker so you may have to trim hoses and you'll have less space but everything will fit.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:12 AM   #10
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Default Mine is leaking

Mine lasted almost exactly 2 years. Now it is leaking and I'm not too excited about pulling it out. Going to see if I can weld it up. It appears to be leaking where the core meets the upper tank.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:53 AM   #11
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I've had my CX Racing radiator for two or three years.

Mine has some high porosity welds that I'm concerned about, porous enough that the metal has turned green/white in those spots. I've had to replace the autozone drain petcock twice due to leaks. That and the thing is not "square," the ends of the core bow in.

But, it's a cheap part, it served its purpose, and it was what I could afford as a broke college student. No serious issues, it's never left me stranded. It's never leaked noticeably aside from some old hoses and a bad seal to the drain petcock.

Unfortunately, due to the overall lack of build quality (it looks like whoever built it was hungover at the time), I will likely be replacing it with a Koyo at some point.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:09 PM   #12
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i have one in my drift car. its held up soo far. its been almost 3 years, and i havent had any issues with it at all. CXracing makes decent stuff if you need to get out of a bind, but like everything, you get what you pay for, and it wont last as long as a koyo, or may not cool as well as a koyo, but i havent had any issues yet, no temp spikes or anything like that.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:04 PM   #13
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I've had my CX Racing radiator for two or three years.

Mine has some high porosity welds that I'm concerned about, porous enough that the metal has turned green/white in those spots. I've had to replace the autozone drain petcock twice due to leaks. That and the thing is not "square," the ends of the core bow in.

But, it's a cheap part, it served its purpose, and it was what I could afford as a broke college student. No serious issues, it's never left me stranded. It's never leaked noticeably aside from some old hoses and a bad seal to the drain petcock.

Unfortunately, due to the overall lack of build quality (it looks like whoever built it was hungover at the time), I will likely be replacing it with a Koyo at some point.
I know this is an old bump, but you sir made my day.
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