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Old 10-28-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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My radiator is failing on my 1998 Legacy Outback and I've spent hours searching for an all aluminum radiator that isn't $300+.

So far all I've found has been GC8 ones that are the closest to what I need but that are about 1.5" too tall. I'm wondering if anyone out there has tackled this issue, any suggestions/comments will be much appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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I understand the desire to install something "better", but is there any reason you need anything other than a stock replacement? I replaced my stock radiator with a Spectra Premium stock replacement that I got from Rock Auto a couple/few years ago. It's worked just fine for me, including doing multiple track events.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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I want to find one that's all aluminum though, it was frustrating to find that my radiator is completely fine except for some chipped plastic on the upper hose inlet. And the ones with plastic tanks have issues with the tanks separating where they meet the aluminum. Any ideas?

I may just give up my search and order a stock replacement, but if I'm going to spend $100 I'd rather spend $160-200 and get something that's all aluminum.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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I was wondering if I might be able to use this GC8 all aluminum radiator and just swap out the top mounting brackets for ones out of a 1999 Forester. Has anyone had experience with putting a 1993-1998 Impreza radiator into a BG Outback?
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:30 AM   #5
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I want to find one that's all aluminum though, it was frustrating to find that my radiator is completely fine except for some chipped plastic on the upper hose inlet. And the ones with plastic tanks have issues with the tanks separating where they meet the aluminum. Any ideas?
There are hundreds of millions of cars on the road around the world with OEM plastic/aluminum radiators. Yes, they can have issues, but it's a tiny fraction of vehicles that are affected. Assuming the radiator you're looking to replace is the original, it's 15+ years old and apparently the plastic end tanks haven't separated.

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I was wondering if I might be able to use this GC8 all aluminum radiator and just swap out the top mounting brackets for ones out of a 1999 Forester. Has anyone had experience with putting a 1993-1998 Impreza radiator into a BG Outback?
Which GC8 all aluminum radiator is "this" GC8 all aluminum radiator? Just looking on rockauto.com, the Impreza radiators are all down-flow rather than cross-flow, so I'm not sure how easily you'll be able to line up the different brackets. From what I've seen, the lower radiator support should be fine, it'll just be figuring out the top brackets. And your fans may not bolt up.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #6
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I was looking at something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/All-aluminum...1352b7&vxp=mtr

It appears to be crossflow.
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