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Old 02-14-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default wrx swap into 99 obs..radiator help

so, i bought a GMS radiator in november 2009..im gone for six months, i get back and find out my "perfect for a swap" radiator isnt so perfect..it wont fit because the beautiful ac condensor is in the way. does anybody have a fix for this? i know i can take the a/c out.. but not sure i wana die from heat exhaustion while driving, so does anybody know of a radiator that WILL fit? i need one that can keep up with my set up. 18g turbo'd 2003 wrx, injectors, sti intercooler..etc

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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A WRX radiator (which is what you've got, I'm assuming), whether it be stock or aftermarket, should sit right where the stock radiator did. The condenser shouldn't be in the way at all. I'm not sure I understand how you're trying to install it - if you tried to mount the radiator where the condenser is, the radiator core support would get in the way.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:54 PM   #3
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A wrx radiator will fit right in, even an oversized aluminum one. I have on in my 94 with the stock fans. I had to trim the hoses a little to prevent rubbing on the upper hose. The original mounts for the condenser are undisturbed, however I dont have one. The stock one will bolt right in with no issues. I did use the wrx upper radiator mounts, but this should be of no concern for the condenser.

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:57 PM   #4
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1. This is why you don't buy GMS parts.
2. I'm using an N/A radiator, just a Griffin radiator for an RS, that I had in the car before I swapped. I had to trim the fan shrouds, but it fits.
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